Electronic Data Interchange
Changing times and unforeseen circumstances is putting pressure on the supply network, exposing underlying vulnerabilities in a highly distributed and fragmented ecosystem of partners, logistics providers, vendors, and suppliers. To start with the manual nature of the documentation process makes the exchange of business documents prone to errors which can result in significant delays in processing them. Also, the lack of documentation formats and protocols can further complicate the exchange of documents, affecting information timeliness, accuracy, and integrity. This makes the supply chain highly opaque and irresponsive.
TCS SWIM B2B communication engine is a cloud-ready, configurable platform that is integrated with a standard electronic data interchange (EDI) message format support that facilitates the exchange of information between marine/rail/airport terminals and their external trading partners. TCS SWIM can automatically send and receive standard messages in formats like EDIFACT, ANSI X.12, NIC and pre-defined in-house formats. TCS SWIM extracts data from the received messages, validates them and feeds this in to the terminal operating system (TOS) application through a set of well-defined interfaces. While sending, TCS SWIM downloads the data from the TOS database and converts it to the EDI format.
TCS SWIM addresses a wide spectrum of documentation problems and provides the following benefits to its partners: