EDI Essentials for the Operative Buyer

Course presentation

Course Description:

Welcome to the world of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), a transformative tool in the realm of modern procurement. This course is designed to introduce new buyers to the fundamental concepts of EDI and its application in the procurement process.

What You Will Learn:

  • Introduction to EDI: Gain an understanding of what EDI is - the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners. We'll explore its history, evolution, and current relevance in procurement.
  • When to Apply EDI: Learn about the scenarios and procurement processes where EDI can be most effectively utilized. This includes high-volume transactions, time-sensitive operations, and complex supply chain interactions.
  • Benefits of EDI: Delve into the numerous advantages EDI offers, such as reduced processing costs, faster transaction times, minimized errors, and improved relationship management with suppliers.
  • EDI in the Operative Buyer Role: Understand how EDI specifically benefits the operative buyer, enhancing efficiency in order fulfillment, inventory management, and invoice processing.
  • Real-world Applications and Case Studies: Through practical examples and case studies, see how EDI is implemented in various industries and its impact on procurement operations.

Who Should Enroll:

  • New procurement professionals seeking a first understanding of digital operative procurement processes.
  • Operative buyers aiming to modernize their procurement practices.
  • Anyone interested in the intersection of technology and supply chain management.

Course Outcome:

By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of EDI's role in procurement, its benefits, and how to identify opportunities for its application in your daily operations as an operative buyer.

This course is a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application (written case in blogpost), making it an ideal starting point for those new to EDI in the procurement field.


    1. Operative buyer processes

    1. Download slides

    2. Definition, formats and VAN supplier

    3. Logiq Document Control - example of VAN Add-on services.

    1. EDI messages.

    1. What to consider when sourcing a VAN supplier.

    2. 10 questions to ask when evaluating a VAN supplier

    3. Real world Application of EDI: A Case Study on Modernizing Procurement

    1. Questions to help you verify that you meet the Learning Objectives.

About this course

  • €20,00
  • 14 lessons
  • Basic level - Operative buyer role
  • 15 min
  • Quizz and Certificate

Meet the Instructor

Senior instructor. Fredrik Axelsson

Meet Fredrik, a seasoned procurement professional from Gothenburg, Sweden, with a Master's in Economics from Gothenburg University and an Executive MBA from Stockholm Business School. With roles at LM Ericsson, Solectron Sweden AB, Axelson Purchasing Resources AB, Saab AB, and Alstom/GE, Fredrik has amassed expertise in sourcing and procurement. In 2017, he launched Sourcing Partner, a procurement consultancy firm how also own and manage Learn How to Source. Fredrik's diverse experience spans from Operative Buyer to Sourcing Director and roles like Commodity Manager and Business Development, in line organizations and projects, including industries like banking and manufacturing. Fredrik's story is one of continuous growth, learning, and adaptation, making him a well-rounded professional with a wealth of knowledge to offer.

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About Learn How to Source

Learn How to Source is an online platform based in Sweden, offering a range of procurement courses accessible globally. It serves as a community where procurement experts share their knowledge through online courses, designed for various experience levels from introductory to expert. Courses are concise, about 30 minutes each, and cover different aspects of procurement, tailored for different buyer roles. The courses focus on practical knowledge, presented by seasoned professionals, and include quizzes and certificates. They can be accessed from any device, emphasizing microlearning for flexibility and efficiency.