Supply chain networks come in all flavors and sizes – they are even called different names: Supply Chain Operating Network (SCON), B2B Network, EDI Network. More and more businesses are gaining substantial benefits from the use of these types of networks to connect with trading partners and more easily conduct business with each other. So, what is the difference in these networks and why should you care?
The terms, “EDI network” and “B2B network” are used interchangeably. EDI is historically a one- to-one exchange of information where companies focus on delivering data with a trading partner. Supply chain operating networks (SCON) offer a level of sophistication missing in EDI and B2B networks. A SCON is an ecosystem where once data is exchanged, all parties on the network can look at process behaviors and then collaborate with each other.