While on the surface, there are few economic or strategic reasons for organizations to persist with electronic data interchange (EDI), many seem reluctant to adopt the alternative at this stage. In fact, there has been almost negligible growth in the number of organizations replacing their
EDI-based systems with XML.
as spokes within an EDI hub, some of these same, mid-market companies might be looking to achieve further efficiencies, and a more substantial payback on their initial EDI investment by, in turn, promoting electronic document exchange within their own, lower-tier supplier base. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander , and, thus, many smaller suppliers realize that if EDI saves x percent or so in costs for the likes of Wal-Mart, why should not it save them some percentage of costs as