EDI system recommended to retailers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 1994, 12:00am

GENERAL merchandise retailers have been advised to use EDI (electronic data interchange) to speed up administration and reduce costs, the Hong Kong Article Numbering Association (HKANA) says.

EDI is the exchange of information in a structured form, which can be processed through the recipient's computer system.

Messages are simplified by the use of unambiguous international identification numbers for goods, services and locations.

New HKANA chairman Alastair McKendrick said EDI could speed up the supply chain, allowing companies to cut down on operational costs, reduce buffer stocks and storage space, and respond quickly as demand changes.

Six companies - retailers Wellcome, Park N' Shop and Circle K, and suppliers Swire Bottlers, A S Watson and Dairy Farm - have adopted EDI since taking part in a pilot project in December 1992.

Mr McKendrick said HKANA would promote the use of EDI by staging executive briefings, exhibitions and conferences, and by providing technical support.

HKANA is a non-profit-making organisation established under an international agreement to introduce and administer international product-numbering and bar-coding standards in Hong Kong.