ESAP is business processes for electronic commerce and is used to facilitate companies that have chosen to communicate via GS1 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange).
The processes follow GS1 standards and are documented in implementation guides and specifications designed to help different industries get their information flows organized.
With ESAP, buyers and sellers save both time and money when the exchange of information – from contract to invoice, takes place electronically and in a common way.
Who uses ESAP?
Suppliers and retailers in grocery, foodservice, retail, service companies and the public sector use ESAP business processes. Developers who are to adapt business systems also benefit from the documentation associated with ESAP.
Each ESAP process is developed in GS1 Sweden’s user groups of and for the industries where the process is applied. In this way, the processes are constantly updated to meet real needs.
The benefits of ESAP
ESAP business processes help buyers to gain control and order in their goods and information flows. For example, companies can track a product’s journey from inventory, during transportation, and then keep track of where it has been delivered. But ESAP also helps with;
- reduce waste
- provide shorter lead times
- enable traceability
- give control of the flow of goods
- facilitate invoicing
- comply with legal requirements
- comply with framework agreements
- get payment on time
- make safer forecasts
… and this in turn saves time, administration and money when the entire information chain is implemented according to agreed processes.
How ESAP is used
ESAP business processes are developed to work in conjunction with other GS1 standards to identify and label products, locations, parties and logistic units. The processes are divided into six different areas.