Lidl EDI Connection
Lidl is a prominent and rapidly expanding global discount supermarket chain that has garnered widespread recognition for its cost-effective approach to retailing. Founded in Germany in 1973, Lidl has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most successful discount grocery chains. With thousands of stores spanning multiple countries, Lidl offers a wide variety of products at budget-friendly prices, catering to the needs of price-conscious consumers.
As an SME or small business looking to engage in trade with Lidl, it is important to note that the company requires suppliers to connect via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for seamless communication and transactions.
Lidl’s Onboarding Process
To trade with Lidl, you’ll first need to become one of their official suppliers. If you haven’t done that already, you’ll need to fill out a form to register your interest. Take a look at the process to become one of their trusted suppliers here.
Once your supplier relationship with Lidl has been agreed upon and you have confirmed the package/s of message types you’ll be exchanging, you will gain information including your Supplier ID which you will need to keep handy.
Lidl’s EDI process operates through the use of an online supplier portal. Here you will be able to review and download pertinent documentation that will aid in ensuring a smooth and efficient set-up process.
Then we can set you up with either of our robust and dependable EDI solutions: Netix One or Netix Flow. Both solutions are designed to facilitate seamless sending and receiving of EDI transmissions, ensuring efficient and reliable data exchange.
Our Onboarding Process
You can connect to Lidl using one of our two EDI options. Our incredibly user-friendly web-based solution, Netix One, is ideal for small businesses wishing to connect with trading partners. By integrating with your current systems, such as ERP, e-commerce, inventory, or WMS, Netix Flow goes a step further, adding more capability while automating crucial procedures. After deciding on which solution suits your business needs, it’s important to provide our Projects Team with your:
- Supplier ID
This information enables us to rapidly set you up with an AS2 connection that is trustworthy and safe. The EDIFACT standard is implemented in Lidl’s EDI operations. To communicate using the AS2 connector, you must embrace this EDI standard. Going beyond this, we are able to translate EDI messages into the standard that most closely matches your specific business needs.
The common messages we set up for Lidl trading relationships:
- Purchase Orders
- Debit Notes
- Order Responses
- Advance Shipping Notes (ASNs)
To ensure that you can start trading with Lidl straight away, we make the EDI connection process as effortless, simple, and quick as possible. With pre-configured maps for Lidl, a portion of the connection has been set up and is awaiting your solution to be connected.
We’ll begin the testing phase once all information has been passed over. Rest assured that on your behalf, our diligent Installation team will carefully validate and test your agreed-upon EDI messages. You won’t lose any business opportunities because the testing of your connection will take place at the same time as your usual paper-based transactions. Their knowledge guarantees that your Netix solution is operating exactly as intended, giving you a seamless and dependable EDI setup.
We are committed to your success, and to ensure that your team is fully prepared to use Netix, we will schedule training days for all relevant members before your system goes live. These training sessions are designed to provide comprehensive guidance, ensuring that your team is completely comfortable navigating the platform and ready to utilise Netix to its full potential.
Once testing and training have been completed, we’ll set your ‘Go Live’ date. You’ll then be introduced to our support team who will answer any queries you may have. You’ll then be ready to start trading with Lidl via EDI.
Benefits of using Netix to connect to Lidl:
- Seamlessly exchange required EDI messages with Lidl.
- Use a single all-inclusive solution to connect with all your trading partners.
- Minimise the amount of manual data entry, which will save you time and lower the possibility of errors.
- Ensure timely payments by accelerating transaction processing.
Why you should choose Cegedim e-business
We recognise the challenges of EDI and aim to simplify digital trading for you. Our dedicated Netix specialist will prioritise your business and guide you through the process. With their expertise, you’ll receive a seamless onboarding experience, ensuring a swift and successful setup to trade electronically with Lidl.
We’ve designed our pricing model to be future-proof and scalable. When your requirements change and grow, or Lidl wants to make a change, our pricing model supports this. In the past year, we have seen several leading supermarkets make changes to their EDI requirements. From changing the EDI standard they use to mandating the use of documents like Advance Shipping Notices (ASNs), under our pricing model, you wouldn’t pay for the extra development cost to rewrite your connection.
When you’re ready to begin your EDI journey with Lidl, we’re here to provide expert guidance and tailored solutions that align with your unique business needs. Reach out today and let’s embark on this transformative journey together.
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