In today’s world EDI is often a requirement to get new business or to start a relationship with a new trading partner. It is intended to automate business transactions and remove as much of the cost in trading as possible.

With the objective of efficiency, why send EDI out for processing when EDI can be organized and transacted from right inside your business system? Purchase orders are sent automatically, and invoices are generated automatically. All EDI documents are transacted where they belong in your business system – orders with sales orders and invoices with invoices.

And everything is easily recognized in your D365 Business Central user interface. You can use Business Central drill-down to see the business detail you need. There is no need to learn a new system or new user interface.

Lanham EDI is job queue-enabled to automatically schedule the document receiving and sending processes, so you can manage by exception, based on alerts found in the user’s role center. Lanham EDI is seamless and beyond simple.

EDI documents and standards are constantly changing; therefore, we are constantly updating the Lanham EDI capabilities. If you have a question concerning new requirements or a specific document, please reach out to us with your questions so that we can assist you with the updated information:

EDI Standard

EDI Standard is the base engine for Lanham EDI. It resides natively inside Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and houses the EDI translator, cross reference engine and mapping tool.

This feature provides document translation inside the business system, a single mapping process between the EDI documents and the database and cross references, all within your consistent Business Central user interface. Users can drill-down from either a Business Central document or an EDI document to view the related transaction detail; and have a logical place for EDI archives.

The EDI trace window, part of EDI Standard, shows all transactions that were created by and associated with incoming documents such as 850 purchase orders. The user can then drill down to view any document or associated EDI transaction bi-directionally.

EDI Standard offers general cross-references for both inbound and outbound data such as:

  • Shipping Agent
  • Payment Terms
  • Shipping Payment Type
  • Tax Areas & Tax Jurisdiction Detail
  • G/L Account Number
  • Item Cross Reference Numbers

This feature supports EDI sales and purchasing documents. The following outbound documents are supported in this feature: 810, 843, 850, Std 855, 856 (non-3PL), 857, 875, 880, 894, 940 (sales), 943 (purchase), and 997. Inbound documents include: 810, 840, 850, 856, 857, 861, 875, 880, 944 (purchase), Std 945 (sales) and 997.

EDI Extended Document Handling

This Lanham EDI feature, EDI Extended Purchasing Document Handling, provides the ability to map advanced purchasing EDI documents such as Return Orders and Payment Advices. The following outbound documents are currently supported: 180 and 820. Inbound Documents supported include – 180, 210, and 812.

EDI Extended 3PL Document Handling

This feature enables the user to map advanced 3PL documents where the inbound EDI file creates E-Ship packages and Bills of Lading in order to send an outbound 856 or Advanced Ship Notice (ASN). This feature also supports inbound 856 or 945 documents from the 3PL or third-party logistics fulfillment center.

EDI Extended Purchasing Document Handling

This Lanham EDI feature provides the ability to map advanced purchasing EDI documents such as Return Orders and Payment Advices. The following documents are currently supported: Outbound Documents – 180 and 820; and Inbound Documents – 180, 210, and 812.

EDI Extended Document Handling 2

The Lanham EDI feature, Extended Documents Handling 2, provides the ability to map advanced EDI documents such as Transfer Orders and Remittance Advices. The following outbound documents are supported in this feature: 211, 867, 940, and 943 (Transfer Order or Transfer Shipment). This feature also supports the following inbound documents: 820, 867, 945, and 944 (Transfer Order or Update Transfer Order).


This feature provides shipment planning, rating and printed Bills of Lading.

When using Lanham EDI, the BOL feature is enhanced to provide package detail capture to build accurate EDI Advanced Ship Notices (ASNs) during the shipping process. ASNs are automatically sent to the EDI trade partner at the time of shipping to avoid any penalties surrounding not receiving ASNs prior to receiving the actual product shipment.

This feature is dependent upon E-Ship and E-Receive BOL and so does require that your D365 Business Central system also be registered for E-Ship and E-Receive Packing and BOL in addition to Lanham EDI BOL/ASN to support EDI Advance Ship Notice (ASN) creation.

Lanham EDI Implementation Options:

Lanham EDI provides you several implementation options:

  • You Implement: Use Lanham Services training to enable your organization to do your mapping and control your data within your Business Central user interface.
  • We Implement; You Operate: Have Lanham Services, or your Lanham Partner, implement your EDI including mapping, testing, and go-live. Your company can then maintain the EDI operations.
  • Outsource Daily Operations: Outsource your EDI completely, including the day-to-day operations, to Lanham Services while your EDI remains seamlessly inside your D365 Business Central system.

The Lanham VAN

The Lanham Value Added Network (VAN) is one of many options Lanham EDI provides that should be considered when exploring your EDI Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). We offer some of the lowest transaction rates and interconnect fees in the industry, and will help you minimize your EDI costs.

The Lanham VAN handles all types of transactions, and even if a specific brand VAN is required by your trading partner, the Lanham VAN offers specific VAN interconnects to deliver your documents, with lower fees, to other VANs for final delivery to the trading partner. The Lanham VAN enables you to handle all of your EDI needs in one place.

Lanham believes it is important to explore the best, least-costly methods to achieve compliance with your trading partners, and to understand your options relative to your TCO.

There are times when a direct-connect AS2 or similar connection represents the lowest cost way of attaining compliance. In these cases, Lanham will recommend that you consider the one-time fees associated with implementing these types of direct communications so that you will not have to absorb ongoing monthly VAN transaction fees for ongoing communications with your trading partner.

Lanham VAN Deliverables

The Lanham VAN provides users with the following deliverables:

  • Intuitive Document Tracking and Analytics
  • Access to GXS Trading Grid Online
  • Ability to create your own trade partner relationships
  • Option for Lanham to create your trade partner relationships
  • Dashboard visibility to inbound and outbound files

Contact us for a quote. It is important to understand your TCO, to be sure that you are taking the least-costly approach to effective EDI compliance.

Lanham EDI Advantages:

  • Built inside D365 Business Central for immediate visibility and access to all of your customer, financial, trade partner, and business data
  • No new user interface to learn; uses Business Central drill down capabilities
  • Enables you to start your day with sales orders and end with invoices, all handled in EDI and all inside your business system
  • Facilitates both sales and purchasing EDI
  • Handles the cross-referencing, translation, and mapping inside Business Central
  • Supports X12, XML, cXML, automotive, UCS, and EDIFACT standards, as well as delimited files
  • Provides GS1-128 (UCC-128), AIAG, or other custom package or item formatted labels
  • Tightly integrated to Lanham’s E-Ship and E-Receive Extension
  • Automates ASNs
  • Manages by exceptions with alerts placed in the appropriate role center
  • Permits use of Lanham VAN for lowest TCO (total cost of ownership)
  • Provides multiple implementation options:
    • Self-implementation
    • Business Central partner or Lanham Services
    • Operational outsourcing
  • Most widely used EDI solution in D365 Business Central/NAV
  • Offers more complex documents for D365 Business Central EDI than any other solution
  • Available in Microsoft extension technology for easy upgrades
  • Specifically designed to work with other Lanham Supply Chain Solutions so you can start anywhere and grow according to your business needs