In Traditional EDI, each trading relationship is setup on a one-to-one basis. Different trading partners have different data requirements and specifications, which requires the support of multiple maps and data definitions for each trading partner. In other words, there is a unique map for each Buyer/Seller relationship, and the work starts over with each new trading partner connection.
The Super Spec® combines the requirements of multiple trading partners into one specification, and creates standardized data definitions within the data fields. With full implementation of the Super Spec, a company can do the setup work once, and re-use the map for all of their aftermarket trading partners.
The Super Spec® reduces time to go live with document exchange and greatly reduces the cost required to set up an electronic connection.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has announced its support of the Super Spec as the industry best practice for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) documents within the automotive aftermarket.
In close cooperation with AAIA, the Super Spec was developed, maintained, and donated by GCommerce, Inc., and is overseen by a committee of AAIA manufacturers, distributors, and technology providers. The Super Spec® is an open specification available to any party at no cost.
“Electronic document exchange is a great way to improve supply chain and business efficiency. But it loses some of its appeal when the set-up and configurations are time-consuming and expensive. Companies that have implemented the Super Spec® have already saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and enjoy a tremendous advantage with EDI”, explained Scott Luckett, vice president Technology Standards for AAIA.