Electronic data interchange


Business-to-business integration, more commonly known as EDI (electronic data interchange), can be credited with dramatically improving efficiency and slashing error rates across all data exchanges that exist among supply chain partners.


The EDI vendor selection process can be complex, and is complicated further by the fact that there are over 250 vendors operating in North America alone. Unlike other supplier enablement programs, Flex’s EDI program does not mandate a one-size fits all approach. Instead, it but supports suppliers’ decision processes by showcasing multi-tier, multi-platform, and multi-vendor solutions, enabling suppliers to choose the right solution for their organization.


Integrated and automated business transactions are a top priority for Flex, but why stop there? Our supply chain is complex and our mission to make our OEM customers more competitive. In order to accomplish this, we have to keep our operations up to date with the latest technology and supply chain innovations, and we hope that our suppliers think and operate the same way.


Flex counts with over 1,500 key suppliers that are fully automated.


EDI is used to exchange business data or electronic documents, in a structured manner, between trading partners.


EDI standards


Flex supports the United Nations rules for Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT) the international EDI standards developed under the United Nations.

Visit the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe website.




ANSI X12 is a US national standard developed by the Accredited Standards Committee of the American National Standards Institute. Although available globally, ANSI X12 is primarily used in North America and Asia.

Visit the American National Standards Institute website.

Visit the Accredited Standards Committee website.


Partners capable of EDI, please contact ecommerce@flex.com.


EDI messages


Please review our EDI Guidelines for a list of the EDI messages supported by Flex.


EDI connectivity options


Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) is a specification for transporting data securely and reliably over the Internet. Security is achieved by using digital certificates and encryption. This is the preferred method for exchanging EDI documents.


Value-Added Network (VAN) is a hosted service offering that acts as an intermediary between business partners sharing standards-based or proprietary data via shared business processes. The offered service is referred to as "Value-Added Network Service".


Learn more about Electronic invoice.

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