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B2B predictions in retail and supply chain for 2017 and beyond

The retail industry is in the midst of huge change. There’s an ever-increasing amount of competition from online-only stores, the rising cost of brick and mortar retail space, a bevy of information available for consumers and many shoppers conditioned to find the lowest price. Slow economic growth has forced households to reduce their spending, and retailers are following suit. The flow on effect from this is being seen throughout the whole supply chain, right down to suppliers and manufacturers. With the new financial year approaching, here’s how we predict retailers and suppliers will become even more efficient in 2017 and beyond…

Movement towards the ‘holy grail’ supply chain

While organisations have been using EDI for years, they’ll now start to look to the ‘holy grail’ supply chain. Not only will data flow seamlessly between a company and their goods suppliers, but this information will integrate with other service suppliers like transport and logistics providers. Organisations will try to streamline their business processes as much as possible, so when an order enters an application, everything thereafter follows like clockwork.

Emergence of standards

The Digital Business Council’s eInvoicing standard was released last year, with the network set to go live in the coming months. The initiative presents a common standard, which will reduce the barriers to electronic invoicing for all businesses. With support from Government, this standard is set to grow, just like it has in Europe and South America. We’ll see businesses start to adopt GS1’s transport instruction and response messages to get yet another level of visibility into their supply chain. Organisations will be able to access information from when they ship goods, to when they’re on their fourth, fifth or sixth leg of delivery.

Focus on smaller suppliers

Many organisations have their top trading partners using EDI, but now they’ll start to focus on the others. Very few supply chains use 100% electronic trade, but with new tools like Colladium that address cost the cost of EDI for small suppliers, as well as the issue of cost from supplier churn, companies roll out these solutions to achieve 100% electronic trade.

Integration with more than just suppliers

The data held in EDI messages is extremely valuable. In a typical EDI scenario, the automated process brings great efficiency to your business, but it can bring efficiency and benefits far beyond that. In 2017 and beyond, we’ll see more businesses leverage this data for things like bank reconciliation and extending finance to suppliers. We’ll see EDI, which was once used to bring efficiency to an organisation’s supply chain, now bring efficiency to other areas like finance.

Australian Government Sends First e-invoice

MELBOURNE – 1st May 2017 – Innovative Australian technology company, MessageXchange (, today announced the successful demonstration of end-to-end transactions between the Australian Government and a private sector recipient using the new Australian e-invoicing standard. The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science used MessageXchange, an Australian-developed cloud service, to securely deliver a test e-invoice to a grant recipient. The e-invoice was the first of its kind to be sent by an Australian Government department. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Chief Operating Officer, Michael Schwager said “e-invoicing will deliver benefits to our suppliers, including grant recipients, but it will also allow the department to streamline its internal accounts payable processes. These in turn will generate efficiencies and improve the timeliness of payments to suppliers.” The new Australian e-invoicing standard has been created through a collaboration between Government and Industry, led by the Digital Business Council. The Council was founded in 2015 to develop, deploy and facilitate the adoption of digital standards in Australia. It has been estimated that widespread adoption of e-invoicing could save Australian businesses between $7 billion and $10 billion each year. Members of the Council include the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Government Department of Finance, NSW Government Department Finance, and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).Other members include industry bodies such as the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA), the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Chartered Accounts (CA ANZ), and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Peter Strong, CEO Council of Small Business Australia and Chair Digital Business Council commented, “e-invoicing is a transformational step in Australia’s digital business movement to a streamlined, integrated and productive economy, and is an exciting step forward especially for the small business community. The Council is especially pleased to see Government at the forefront of digital transformation.” John Delaney, co-founder and Managing Director of Australian-developed cloud integration service MessageXchange explained, “e-invoicing offers significant processing and payment time efficiencies over scanned or emailed invoices. Many of Australia’s largest and most efficient supply chains already use MessageXchange, which currently processes more than 100 million transactions a year.” “We have demonstrated that both our MessageXchange and Colladium cloud services are ready to securely handle e-invoices using the new Australian standard. Most importantly, we have demonstrated that both Government agencies and Industry will be able to very inexpensively and rapidly reap the benefits of e-invoicing.” Until recently in Australia, e-invoicing and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technologies have been predominantly used in the supply chains of large businesses, with varying standards presenting barriers for small businesses. Industry standardisation of e-invoicing is likely to increase adoption, while also reducing costs and complexity for all. The collaboration between the private sector and the Australian Government achieved through the Council has led to the establishment of regulation, industry standardisation and mechanisms that instil trust in the e-invoicing framework. The new framework is designed to reduce barriers to entry and provide a level playing field for all Australian businesses that wish to adopt e-invoicing.  

About MessageXchange and Colladium

MessageXchange and Colladium are innovative Australian cloud services developed by eVision, an Australian software developer that has pioneered cloud based B2B technologies since 1996. The MessageXchange cloud service processes more than 100 million messages each year, encompassing transactions that underpin some of Australia’s largest companies including Target, Harvey Norman, Costco, The Good Guys, Australia Post and Telstra. Visit for more information.

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