TradeCard has launched a new Web platform enabling trading partners to communicate with each other regardless of the standards each uses. As more retailers ask suppliers to communicate via AS2 (Applicability Statement 2, a web-based EDI format), the problem of varying standards has become critical, said the company. By supporting the latest messaging standards, such as AS2, as well as legacy communication methods like EDI, VANs and FTP, TradeCard’s Web platform will remove IT issues for both buyers and suppliers, especially smaller ones, it noted. Using the system, buyers and suppliers can employ different connectivity technologies whilst communicating with each other, with TradeCard providing the translation between the two standards. This means that suppliers can continue to use older technologies for communication with their buyers, even if the buyers are larger companies which are already AS2-enabled, said TradeCard.
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