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A Brief History of EDI

1960s – The Early Days of EDI Computer systems first developed the ability to exchange data in the 1960’s when Ed Guilbert, the father of EDI, developed an electronic message format for sending cargo information. The first EDI messages were Telex messages exchanged in 1965 between shipping companies. At the time, a full page of information could be sent in roughly 2 minutes. After loading them to tape, these messages could be accessed by computers. 1975 – First EDI Standards Released In 1968, electronic messages in varied formats were being exchanged by various companies in the transportation industry, which necessitated…

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