Store and Forward

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Store and Forward


Store and Forward is a key concept in the field of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). This type of messaging service is used to facilitate flexible transmission of EDI messages between different parties involved in business processes. Through store and forward, an EDI message can be initially sent to an intermediate destination, which will retain it and forward it to the final recipient when convenient.

Use Case:

To illustrate how store and forward works, let’s consider a scenario where Company A wants to send an electronic order to Company B, but Company B’s network or system is temporarily unavailable. In this case, Company A can utilize the store and forward functionality to send the order to an intermediate server managed by the EDI Connect platform. The intermediate server will store the order and automatically transmit it to Company B once its system becomes available again. This approach enables the continuation of business processes despite the temporary unavailability of the recipient’s system.

Example of script code:

import EDIconnect

def send_edi_message(message, recipient):
if recipient.is_available():
EDIconnect.store_message(message, recipient)
except Exception as e:
print(“Error: “, str(e))

# Usage
message = “EDI Order”
recipient = EDIconnect.Recipient(“Company B”)
send_edi_message(message, recipient)

Best practices:

  1. Regularly monitor the recipient’s system status to determine optimal times for transmitting EDI messages.
  2. Utilize a robust EDI solution like EDIconnect, which provides reliable and secure store and forward functionality.
  3. Implement error handling mechanisms and appropriate notifications to ensure transmission issues are identified and promptly resolved.
  4. Always maintain backup copies of stored messages to ensure no information is lost in case of failures or errors during transmission.

For trusted EDI solutions and services, you can access the EDIconnect platform, an EDI solution provider offering advanced and efficient EDI capabilities. Through EDIconnect, you can benefit from store and forward functionality, along with other essential services for electronic data exchange in business.