Find your way around a bunch of terms and acronyms


In this glossary, you will find the most interesting terms and abbreviations that can be found on our websites, arranged alphabetically.

Click on letter to see definition of terms or abbreviations that you are interested in.
  • 3PL –

    3PL  – 3PL stands for third party logistics and it is the outsourcing of your logistics operations and is instrumental in maintaining a steady supply chain for a company. EDI messaging can streamline communication between 3PL and your business and your customer.

  • 810 – Invoice –

    810 – Invoice: The 810 document is an invoice sent from the seller to the buyer, requesting payment for goods or services provided.

  • 830 – Planning Schedule –

    830 – Planning Schedule: The 830 document provides a forecast of the buyer’s production and delivery schedule to help suppliers align their planning with anticipated demand.

  • 855 – Purchase Order Acknowledgment –

    855Purchase Order Acknowledgment: The 855 document is a response from a seller to acknowledge and accept a purchase order issued by a buyer.

  • 862 – Shipping Schedule –

    862 – Shipping Schedule: The 862 document informs suppliers about specific shipping requirements, including dates, methods, and quantities, to ensure timely delivery.

  • 865 – Purchase Order Change Acknowledgment/Request –

    865 – Purchase Order Change Acknowledgment/Request: The 865 document acknowledges or requests changes to a previously issued purchase order.

  • A2A –

    A2A stands for “application-to-application” and denotes the integration and communication between different software applications or systems. A2A interactions are typically automated and involve the exchange of data or messages between applications without human intervention

  • Accredited Standards Committee X12 –

    Accredited Standards Committee X12 – The group authorized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and maintain the EDI Standards used primarily in the United States.

  • ANSI –

    ANSI – American National Standards Institute – The national standards body for the United States. ANSI, through its accredited standards committees, keeps the standards for all applications of technology and mechanics for U.S. Industry.

  • API –

    API stands for “Application Programming Interface.” It is a set of rules, protocols, and tools that allows different software applications to communicate and interact with each other. APIs define the methods and data formats through which applications can access and exchange information or perform specific functions within a software system or between different systems.

  • AS1 –

    AS1 – AS1 protocol is based on email tech and uses SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer) and S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) technologies. It allows the sender the option of requesting MDNs (Message Disposition Notifications), and sharing encrypted, and signed messages to secure the EDI transfer process.

  • AS2 –

    AS2 – AS2 is an open standard and uses the HTTP/S (hypertext transport protocol secure) for secure data transmission over the Internet. Just like AS1, AS2 uses an S/MIME tech to secure EDI messages in an ‘envelope’. The EDI message is secured using digital certifications and encryption. The receiver of the document can send a signed message as a notification containing a Message Integrity Check (MIC).

  • AS3 –

    AS3 – Applicability Statement 3 is used to transfer XML and MFT documents using FTP (File Transfer Protocol). AS3 makes FTP transfer secure with the use of MDNs for message verification and encryption. Organizations that have FTP scripting infrastructure or that have to transmit sensitive information use AS3 for EDI messaging.

  • AS4 –

    AS4 – AS4 uses SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) over HTTP to transmit EDI messages. It is an open standard for the secure exchange of EDI documents using web services. Just like the other AS protocols, AS4 uses XML encryption and digital signatures for an added layer of security.

  • Authentication –

    Authentication – A mechanism that allows the receiver of an electronic transmission to verify the sender and the integrity of the content of the transmission through the use of an electronic “key” or algorithm shared by the business partners. The algorithm is sometimes referred to as an electronic or digital signature.

  • AWS –

    AWS is an acronym for Amazon Web Services. It is a comprehensive cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.com. AWS offers a wide range of services, including computing power, storage, databases, networking, analytics, and more, allowing organizations to build and deploy various applications and services in a flexible and scalable manner without having to buy and manage their own equipment.

  • B2B –

    B2B stands for “business-to-business” and refers to transactions, interactions, and commerce conducted between two or more businesses. It involves the exchange of goods, services, or information between companies rather than between businesses and consumers.

  • B2B/EDI –

    B2B/EDI Business-to-Business Electronic Data Interchange. It is a standardized method for exchanging business documents electronically between trading partners in a structured format. B2B EDI enables seamless communication and transaction processing between different businesses, automating various processes such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notices.

  • B2G –

    B2G stands for “business-to-government” and represents interactions and transactions between businesses and government entities. It typically involves businesses supplying products or services to government agencies or participating in government procurement processes.

  • Business Partner Agreement –

    Business Partner Agreement – contains the general contract terms and conditions, participant roles (buyers, sellers), communication and security protocols, and business processes (valid actions, sequencing rules, etc.). Extensible Markup Language-based Business Partner Agreement documents capture the essential information upon which business partners must agree in order for their applications and business processes to communicate.

  • Catena-X –

    Catena-X is the first collaborative, open data ecosystem for the automotive industry of the future, linking global players into end-to-end value chains – as simply, securely and independently as never before. The shared goal: a standardized global data exchange based on European values. The claim is data sovereignty.

  • Cloud Platform –

    A cloud platform refers to a virtualized computing environment that provides a range of services, resources, and infrastructure over the internet. It allows users to access and utilize computing resources, such as processing power, storage, and software applications, without the need for on-premises infrastructure. Cloud platforms typically offer scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness, enabling users to deploy and manage their applications or services in a cloud-based environment.

  • Complex data handling –

    Complex data handling refers to the management and processing of data sets. It involves techniques and methodologies to handle data that is large in volume, has a high level of complexity, or requires sophisticated analysis. Complex data handling often requires specialized tools, algorithms, or approaches to effectively store, manipulate, analyze, and extract insights from complex data structures. In the case of Omnizon B2B/EDI Platform the ‘definition’ and ‘management’ functions of this  complex data handling process are dramatically simplified by the use of a highly intuitive administration interface that offers significant flexibility in the selection of process configuration options meaning that every complex data and message handling process can be defined in a single, multi-step process, making each task, quicker, easier and minimising errors.

    The complex data and message handling process includes all the key steps which are grouped within six core process types:
    – Validation
    – Transformation
    – Digital signing
    – Visualization
    – Merging or splitting of complex structured or unstructured data
    – Calls to external systems during handling procedures

  • Customer-Portal –

    Customer-Portal: Omnizon Customer Portal is a web-based interface of our platform that enables customers to interact with a company or service provider, access relevant information. It serves as a centralized hub for customers to manage their accounts, create orders, view order history, track shipments, submit support requests, or access other customer-related services and resources.

  • DELFOR –

    DELFOR (Delivery Schedule): The DELFOR message is used to provide a forecast or schedule of expected deliveries from a buyer to a supplier. It contains information about the requested delivery dates, quantities, and locations. The DELFOR message assists the supplier in planning and adjusting their production and logistics activities accordingly

  • DESADV –

    DESADV (Dispatch Advice): The DESADV message is used to provide advanced notification of goods dispatched or shipped. It contains information about the contents of the shipment, such as item details, packaging, quantities, and delivery instructions. The DESADV message helps the receiving party to prepare for the arrival of the goods and perform necessary logistics activities.

  • Digital signing –

    Digital signing, also known as electronic signing or e-signing, is a process of applying a digital signature to an electronic document or transaction. It provides a secure and legally binding way to authenticate the identity of the signer and ensure the integrity and non-repudiation of the signed document. Digital signing typically involves cryptographic techniques to create a unique digital signature that can be verified by the recipient.

  • Digitalization –

    Digitalization is the process of converting analog information, objects, or processes into a digital format. It involves the use of digital technologies to transform traditional methods, systems, and operations into digital equivalents, allowing for improved efficiency, automation, and integration in various domains such as business, communication, and production.

  • Dropshipping –

    Dropshipping is a business model where an online retailer (the dropshipper) sells products to customers without keeping the inventory in stock. Instead, when a customer places an order, the retailer places an order for  the product with a third-party supplier or manufacturer who ships it directly to the customer. The dropshipper (the online retailer) acts as an intermediary, handling the sales and customer service aspects while relying on the supplier to fulfill orders and handle the physical product storage and shipment. This allows the dropshipper to operate without the need for upfront inventory investment or fulfillment logistics

  • E-archiving –

    E-archiving, also known as electronic archiving, is the process of digitally storing and preserving electronic documents and records for long-term retention according to legal and association requirements. It involves capturing, indexing, and storing electronic files in a secure and organized manner, ensuring their integrity, authenticity, and accessibility over time. E-archiving helps organizations comply with legal, regulatory, and business requirements related to document retention and retrieval.

  • E-invoicing –

    E-invoicing, or electronic invoicing, is the process of creating, sending, receiving, and processing invoices in an electronic format instead of traditional paper-based invoices. E-invoicing enables businesses to automate invoice generation, delivery, and payment processes, improving accuracy, efficiency, and cost savings. It typically involves the exchange of structured invoice data in standard electronic formats, facilitating seamless integration with accounting systems and reducing manual data entry.

  • EANCOM –

    EANCOM stands for European Article Number Communication and is what came after EDIFACT. A widely used international standard that is based on the GS1 numbering system for product details.

  • EDI –

    EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. It is a standardized method for exchanging business documents electronically between different computer systems in a structured format. EDI enables the automated exchange of documents such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notices between trading partners, helping to streamline and automate business processes.


    EDIFACT: Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce, and Transport is an international standard for structuring electronic data interchange messages. It provides a set of standardized message formats that facilitate the exchange of business documents, such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notifications, between different organizations and computer systems.

  • ERP –

    ERP means Enterprise Resource Planning. It refers to a suite of integrated software applications that organizations use to manage and automate their core business processes. ERP systems typically include modules for finance, human resources, supply chain management, inventory control, and other functions, providing a centralized database and facilitating the flow of information across different departments.

  • Extended EDI –

    Extended EDI refers to an expanded version of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which involves the electronic exchange of business documents between trading partners. Extended EDI typically includes additional functionalities and capabilities beyond the traditional EDI standards, such as support for more data formats, enhanced data validation, and integration with other systems or technologies. In case of Omnizon B2B/EDI Platform that is a group of additional modules like Supplier Portal, Customer Portal, e Invoicing, Speedox Delivery and eArchive

  • Freemium –

    Freemium is a business model that offers both free and premium (paid) versions of a product or service. The term is a combination of “free” and “premium.” The free version typically provides basic features or limited functionality, while the premium version offers additional features, enhanced capabilities, or an ad-free experience. FreemiumEDI is the free and unlimited version B2B/EDI platform solution from OMNIZON NETWORKS.

  • Gaia-X –

    Gaia-X is a European initiative to develop a competitive and independent IT infrastructure based on open source technologies with a stand-alone solution. The aim is to achieve more transparency, controllability, portability and interoperability of data and services. Gais-X is based on the common regulations and rules of the EU member states!

  • Gateway –

    Gateway – The interconnection between public or private networks, enabling the transmission of documents in EDI format across multiple networks.

  • GPC –

    GPC – Global Product Classification: a standard way of categorizing products that provides a way to link different company classification systems and offers a common language for collaborative business processes.

  • GRN –

    GRN – Goods Received Note. A document raised by a customer receiving goods to confirm what has been received, so that invoices may be approved for payment.

  • GS1 and EANCOM  –

    GS1 and EANCOM  The Uniform Code Council (UCC) and EAN International merged together to form GS1 which stands for Global Standards One. Other than being instrumental in the development of TRADACOMS, GS1 has developed several other standards which are predominantly in use in supply chain management. Some GS1 standards namely are – EANCOM, EPCIS, GS1 XML, GDSN.

  • GS1 standards –

    GS1 standards use bar code and radio-frequency identification (RFID) data carriers on a physical object that can be read by any device which can transfer the data to business applications.

  • GTIN –

    GTIN – Global Trade Item Number. A unique identifier for each product.

  • Header –

    Header – The specific segment that, in simplest terms, tells the receiving computer where an individual EDI message starts.

  • HTTP –

    HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol. A protocol used to request and transmit files, especially web pages and web page components, over the internet or other computer network.

  • iDoc –

    iDoc stands for “Intermediate Document” and is a standard data format used in SAP systems for exchanging business transactional data between different applications or components within an SAP landscape. iDocs serve as containers for structured data, allowing seamless integration and communication between various SAP modules and external systems.

  • Indirect EDI integration –

    Indirect EDI integration refers to a method of connecting and exchanging electronic data interchange (EDI) documents between trading partners through a third-party intermediary or service provider. Instead of establishing a direct connection between the systems of two trading partners, the intermediary acts as a translator or facilitator, receiving and processing EDI documents on behalf of the trading partners and makes them available to the respective partners in the correct format.

  • Interchange Format –

    Interchange Format – A specific data layout that defines a structured business document. The interchange format specifies the sequence,representation, and grouping of granular data elements, and may describe each element in terms of data type, options, cardinality, size,

    and valid values.

  • INVOIC –

    INVOIC (Invoice): The INVOIC message is used to transmit billing information from the seller to the buyer. It contains details about the goods or services provided, pricing, taxes, payment terms, and any relevant financial information. The INVOIC message enables accurate and efficient processing of invoices between trading partners.

  • IoT –

    IoT stands for “Internet of Things.” It refers to a network of physical objects, devices, sensors, and other items which are all embedded with connectivity features that enable them to collect and exchange data over the internet. IoT enables the seamles integration – between- or of physical Objects in the digital world integration of the physical and digital worlds, allowing for smart, interconnected systems and applications across various domains, including industry, healthcare, transportation, and home automation.

  • iPaaS –

    iPaaS means Integration Platform as a Service. It is a cloud-based platform that facilitates the integration of different applications, systems, and data sources within an organization. iPaaS provides pre-built connectors, data transformation tools, and workflow capabilities, enabling businesses to create seamless data flows and integrate various applications without the need for extensive coding or infrastructure management.

  • JIT –

    JIT – Just In Time. A technique of managing inventory pioneered in Japan, under which materials are delivered by suppliers to a manufacturer as they are needed for production, rather than for storage or inventory.

  • Managed Services –

    Managed Services refer to outsourced services provided by a third-party vendor or service provider to handle and manage specific aspects of an organization’s operations or technology infrastructure. These services are typically delivered under a service-level agreement (SLA) and can include activities such as EDI services, IT support, network management, data backup, security monitoring, and more.

  • Message Standards –

    Message Standards – The system of syntax, data elements, segments and messages (transaction sets) with which EDI will be conducted.

  • ODETTE –

    ODETTE (Organization for Data Exchange by Tele-Transmission) is an industry organization that promotes and develops standards for electronic data interchange (EDI) in the automotive industry. ODETTE has defined several document types that are commonly used within the automotive supply chain. Here are some typical document types for ODETTE and their purposes:

  • ODOO –

    Odoo is an open-source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite. It offers a wide range of integrated business applications, including modules for accounting, project management, sales, CRM, inventory management, and more. Odoo is designed to streamline business processes and improve efficiency by providing a centralized platform for managing various aspects of an organization.

  • ORDERS –

    ORDERS (Purchase Order): The ORDERS message is used to convey a request for goods or services from a buyer to a seller. It includes information about the items requested, quantities, pricing, delivery details, and any other relevant terms and conditions. The ORDERS message serves as an official document for initiating the purchase process.

  • ORDRSP –

    ORDRSP (Order Response): The ORDRSP message is used by the seller to respond to a received purchase order (ORDERS). It communicates the acceptance or rejection of the order and may include information about changes to quantities, delivery dates, or pricing. The ORDRSP message helps to ensure alignment between the buyer’s requirements and the seller’s ability to fulfill the order.

  • PEPPOL –

    PEPPOL, which stands for Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line, is an EDI (electronic data interchange) protocol, designed to simplify the purchase-to-pay process between government bodies and suppliers. Peppol is established to standardize e-procurement in the European Union (EU). Its purpose is to simplify the procure-to-pay process by ensuring all government organizations and suppliers adhere to the same methodologies, technical specifications, and standards. The EU requires the use of Peppol to eliminate the inefficiencies caused by differing requirements between trading partners.

  • Receiver –

    Receiver – The party to whom the EDI message or transaction set is transmitted.

  • REMADV –

    REMADV (Remittance Advice): The REMADV message is used to provide payment details from the buyer to the seller. It includes information about the invoices being paid, such as invoice numbers, amounts, and payment references. The REMADV message helps to streamline the reconciliation of payments and invoices between trading partners.

  • SaaS –

    SaaS means Software as a Service. It is a software distribution model where applications are hosted and provided to customers over the internet. Instead of installing and maintaining software on individual computers or servers, users can access and use the software through a web browser. SaaS eliminates the need for local installations and allows for easy scalability and remote access.

  • SFTP –

    SFTP – SFTP, or Secure File Transfer Protocol, is a secure file transfer protocol that uses secure shell encryption to provide a high level of security for sending and receiving file transfers. SFTP is similar to FTPS in that it uses AES and other algorithms to secure data as it travels between different systems.

  • Shipment Notification –

    Shipment Notification – An EDI transaction sent by the shipper of material to the receiver advising that the shipment has been sent, and providing details such as manifest, PO number, estimated time of arrival, carrier, etc.

  • SLSRPT –

    SLSRPT (Sales Report): SLSRPT is used to report sales-related information, such as quantities sold, pricing, and sales performance. It provides valuable insights for demand planning, inventory management, and performance analysis.

  • SMB –

    SMB: Small and Medium-sized Business. It refers to businesses that are characterized by their smaller scale of operations and employee count compared to large corporations. SMBs play a significant role in the economy and can encompass a wide range of industries and sectors.

  • SOAP –

    SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol is a protocol used in conjunction with application layer protocols or transport protocols such as HTTP and SMTP. It uses the XML information set for message transmission which means you will need to convert the EDI message to XML using an EDI translator and will also need EDI to XML mapping.

  • Supplier Portal –

    Omnizon Supplier Portal is a web-based interface of our platform that facilitates communication, collaboration, and transactional activities between a company and its suppliers. It allows suppliers to access relevant information, receive purchase orders, submit invoices, update inventory levels, manage product catalogs, and communicate with the company’s procurement or supply chain team. Supplier portals streamline and automate the procurement process, enhancing transparency and efficiency in supplier management.

  • supply chain –

    A supply chain refers to the entire process involved in the production, distribution, and delivery of goods or services from the supplier to the end consumer. It encompasses all the stages, activities, organizations, resources, and technologies involved in the movement and transformation of raw materials into finished products or services. The supply chain typically includes suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and logistics providers.

  • Tenant –

    TENANT: In the context of software and cloud computing, a tenant refers to a customer or user who has access to and utilizes a specific instance of a software application or service. Each tenant operates within a separate and isolated environment, with their own data, configurations, and access controls, while sharing the underlying infrastructure.

  • Time stamping –

    Time stamping is the process of associating a specific time and date with an event, action, or piece of data. It provides a reference point to track the sequence and order of events, establish the validity or chronological order of records, and ensure accurate and reliable record-keeping. Time stamping is commonly used in various applications, including digital transactions, data logging, auditing, and legal documentation.

  • Trading Partner –

    Trading Partner – a person or organization that has agreed to exchange EDI business documents electronically. The sending or receiving party involved in the exchange of EDI transmissions.

  • Transaction Set –

    Transaction Set – A block of information in EDI, making up a business  transaction or part of a business transaction. Outside North America, this is normally called a message.

  • Translation –

    Translation – conversion of business application data to and from another data format, such as a standard (ASC X12 for example) using translation software and maps.

  • Transmission Group –

    Transmission Group – A collection of one or more functional groups. Also known as an Interchange.

  • Transport protocol –

    A transport protocol is a set of rules and procedures that govern the exchange of data between network devices or systems. It defines how data is transmitted, received, and acknowledged over a network. Transport protocols, such as TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol), ensure reliable and efficient communication between devices in a network.

  • TXT –

    TXT is an acronym for “Text File.” It refers to a file format that contains plain text information without any formatting or special characters. TXT files are commonly used for storing and exchanging simple textual data that can be read and edited by both humans and computer programs.

  • Validation –

    Validation refers to the process of checking or confirming the accuracy, integrity, and compliance of data, documents, or systems against predefined rules, standards, or requirements. It ensures that the data or system meets the specified criteria and is fit for its intended purpose. Validation can involve various checks, such as format validation, data type validation, business rule validation, or regulatory compliance validation.

  • Web-EDI –

    Web-EDI – A generic term for the transmitting of structured business messages over the internet. This may include solutions such as a log on to a portal and inputting commercial transactional information into a form on a website using an internet browser. This method requires an element of manual intervention.

  • WINS –

    WINS – Warehouse Information Network Standards. A set of EDI standards for warehousing and distribution. WINS is a subset of the ANSI X12 national standard.

  • XML –

    XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. It is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. XML is widely used for structuring and exchanging data between different systems and platforms, providing a standardized and flexible way to represent information.

  • ZUGFeRD –

    ZUGFeRD is a cross-industry data format for the electronic exchange of invoice data that was developed by the Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland (FeRD) – with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The ZUGFeRD data format is based on Directive 2014/55/EU of 16 April 2014 on electronic invoicing for public contracts and on the EN16931 standard published on 28 June 2017. In addition, the Cross-Industry-Invoice (CII) of UN/CEFACT and the ISO standard 19005-3:2012 (PDF/A-3) are taken into account as of ZUGFeRD 2.0.

Memberships & Certificates

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Peppol Access Point

Peppol is an EDI protocol established to standardize e-procurement in the European Union (EU). Its purpose is to simplify the procure-to-pay process by ensuring all government organizations and suppliers adhere to the same methodologies, technical specifications, and standards. The EU requires the use of Peppol to eliminate the inefficiencies caused by differing requirements between trading partners. The adoption of Peppol has since expanded, with Malaysia mandating its use for government procurement.

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ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is an international standard that sets the requirements for a quality management system. It helps organizations identify and manage the processes critical to their success, and continually improve their performance. It also encourages organizations to adopt a proactive approach to quality management and is recognized globally. We at Omnizon are proud to have attained ISO 9001 certification, and we believe it is one specific demonstration of our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

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ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is a standard that outlines the requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). Our attainment of ISO 27001 certification is proof of our commitment to protecting sensitive customer information from unauthorized access and security breaches, thereby instilling the trust and confidence of our customers in our services.

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