5 reasons why cloud EDI will make your transport business better

by Murray Phillips, 7 July 2021

Use cloud EDI software to improve efficiency, speed up deliveries and increase profit.

We all know how important a few minutes can be in the transport business, let alone hours.

With cloud EDI, you can transmit data within your supply chain instantly and
accurately. What once could have taken you a whole day can be achieved in just a
few minutes.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

TransVirtual doesn’t just automate your data entry (although that’s worth
celebrating), we utilise cloud EDI and API to seamlessly manage your complex
integrations from larger ERP software to smaller delivery partners.

Let’s go over how cloud EDI works and exactly how you can make the most of it.

What is cloud EDI?

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) allows businesses to exchange documents between two computers with no human labour involved.

For example, although email is electronic, it requires a person to download and
prepare the documents to be sent, ultimately slowing down processing and allowing
for human error. Instead, EDI documents are formatted in a standard way and go
directly to an application on the receiver’s computer so that processing can begin

EDI has been a feature of the global transport industry for a long time now with
shippers, carriers and brokers all aiming to integrate and exchange information as
fast as possible.

Traditionally, transmitting an EDI needed to happen between two EDI systems that
were set up and formatted in the same way. Transmission times were anywhere
from 30 minutes to two hours. Introducing a third party to the communications? You
needed to start from scratch and ensure all three systems were able to
communicate using the same system.

Cloud EDI on the other hand works together with API technology, using the cloud to
transmit data instantly and seamlessly. And importantly, you can then transmit this
data into systems using different formats.
In other words, two different systems can now communicate with each other
quickly and accurately.

This real-time data transmission is revolutionising the transport industry. Many
industry giants such as Amazon have incorporated cloud EDI and API into their
supply chain.

So, should you incorporate cloud EDI into your supply chain?

There are some serious benefits to making the switch to cloud EDI. They mostly
revolve around improving efficiency, accuracy and speed. Let’s take a closer look.

You can be flexible

You decide when, where and how you send and receive data. You’ll find endless
customisation options within the TransVirtual platform to make the EDI work the
way you need it to. And don’t forget about our stellar support team if you want a
hand setting your customisations up.

You’ll lower your costs

Gone are the days of needing to pay expensive charges to make simple changes.
Our EDI management tools mean you can do it yourself, or ask for our help (it’s
what we’re here for).

Integrate with third parties

Cloud EDI allows shippers, carriers and brokers to exchange information quickly
and accurately. Having your EDI in the cloud reduces manual tasks, decreases
costs and eliminates human error. Our experienced integrations staff are on hand to
answer your questions.

Use varied file formats with ease

Tired of needing to match your files to third party systems? Now you can connect
files of every kind, from basic spreadsheets through to complex XML. You choose
the format. Your cloud EDI does the rest.

Move your data quickly and accurately

With our extensive API you’ll get the fastest and most reliable data transfer. Every
time. Send data and notifications instantly, to everyone who needs to know.

How to change systems (without tearing your hair out)

The benefits are clear and, this time at least, technology has delivered us all a
better way to do business. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be quick or easy for you to change over to a new way of doing things.

We know that implementing a new system in your business can be time consuming
and stressful. We’re here to help. With some time and consideration on your part
and expert guidance from us, together we can make the switch seamless for you.

Cloud EDI ultimately puts dollars back in your pocket and time back in your week,
so it’s worthwhile. Here are a few tips to smooth the process:

  1. Define your goals: what do you really want to get out of your software?
  2. Find the right software for your business: make sure you choose one
    which has the right features for your business now and into the future.
  3. Get your staff on board too: they’ll be the ones using your software and
    can make or break the process.
  4. Make and follow a detailed plan: implementing new software can be a long
    process, having a clear plan will help your team maintain momentum.

Need more support?

If you’re looking to make the switch to a cloud EDI, then you may need to look at a
new Transport Management System (TMS). Read our how-to guide for more on
implementing a new TMS (and whether it’s right for you). Otherwise, just get in
touch directly
or call us on 1800 975 305 for a chat.

Related articles

Your Quick Guide to Less Than Truckload Shipping?

by Matt Corby, 10 June 2022

Every year, the market in the United States alone for less than truckload (LTL) shipping is worth more than $86 billion. Of course, not everybody is familiar with less than truckload shipping and what it entails. However, based on how big this market is, you can be sure that it...

Freight Bidding (And How to Do it Right!) 

by Cameron Craig, 9 June 2022

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a mild-mannered transportation professional like freight bidding season. And we get it: freight bidding can often be a complex, stressful, and unsatisfying process for everyone involved.  But the great news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Freight bidding can be...

Answering Your Charge-Per-Mile Delivery Questions

by Murray Phillips, 8 June 2022

Charge or not to charge? It’s not the most glamorous aspect of running a business, but determining your rates is an important part of making sure that your operation is profitable. There are a few different approaches to this issue, and today we’re breaking down one of the most common...

How to Implement Contactless Delivery

by Cameron Craig, 7 June 2022

Learn how to improve driver and consumer safety during COVID-19 with contactless delivery COVID-19 has become a major risk to driver and consumer safety, hasn’t it?  The trouble is, it also led us all into a delivery boom which requires more drivers to be at more doors every single day....

What is a Freight Broker and when do you need one?

by Matt Corby, 6 June 2022

There are so many moving parts in transport management, aren’t there? And there are just as many ways to waste time, money, and incur damage. One thing’s clear: not all freight management systems are created equal. Successful companies rely on a freight broker to handle their shipping logistics, especially during...

What is centralised dispatching and how does it work?

by Simon Unicomb, 1 June 2022

In 2020, e-commerce sales accounted for nearly 15% of the world’s total retail spending. Now if that doesn’t seem like a lot, what if I told you that means close to $4 trillion of spending every year? Online shopping is fast outpacing brick-and-mortar stores. But what does that mean for...

  • Rated 4.9 / 5

A must-have tool for running a profitable transport and delivery business.

Want a full-featured transport management system that makes your delivery business simple? Save time, lower costs and move your freight faster with TransVirtual’s tools for businesses big and small.

Hear from our customers


TSS Sensitive Freight

Sensitive Freight Specialists

TSS provides end to end project management for the transportation, collection, packing, delivery and installation of sensitive freight.


Western Parcel Express

Transport & Distribution

Western Parcel Express is a family owned company focusing on time sensitive freight and superior customer service.


First Choice Couriers

Transport & Distribution

As an ever-growing transport company, we here at First Choice Couriers were looking to find a transport system that could not only suit our current needs, but also be able to grow with us.


Border Express

Agent Network

Border Express is a national transport and distribution services company with a strong capital city and regional network.