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At the end of the last year, Maxima finally started their long-awaited EDI project – until then they sent all orders to suppliers by e-mail. As the partner of this pilot project in the Baltics they chose Telema and the first partners they are going to exchange documents with are the companies belonging to Telema’s client Vaasan Grupp – Leibur in Estonia, Hanzas Maiznica in Latvia and Vilniaus Duona in Lithuania.
For years, the retail dealer chain Maxima has sent orders to suppliers by email, in .txt format in Latvia and Lithuania and in .xls format in Lithuania. As sending business documents by e-mail has many flaws (e-mails might be delayed or even get lost and there are problems with security and confidentiality), starting with the EDI project is a long-awaited positive news. As opposed to e-mail, EDI is secure, the problems with spam letters and the threat of viruses are eliminated. In addition, EDI operator assures the authorization of the sender of the document and the document’s delivery to the correct receiver.
Maxima begins with converting orders into EDI format and the next step will be to start using EDI receipts. The first test-orders will be sent from Maxima to the companies of Vaasan Grupp in January 2012. If the pilot project is a success, Maxima will start transferring their other suppliers to EDI orders. For Telema’s clients it only means that they will have to present their according wish to the customer service of Telema, linking the destinations of deliveries and the EDI traffic with the biggest retail dealer chain in the Baltics can start.