When you onboard a new service provider after completing a tender process designed to find transport savings, you need to get your data-sharing up and running quickly and cost-effectively.

Today, setting up an EDI system is expensive, complex and time-consuming to integrate and maintain. And your return on investment drops as soon as new technologies promise quick solutions.

TradeLens is built from the ground up to leverage the power and flexibility of APIs that let your IT teams integrate workflows and collaborate with any supply-chain partner with relative ease and speed.


Save your resources
Rather than investing resources to build, test and maintain peer-to-peer EDI set ups, your IT team connects with your suppliers online using publicly available TradeLens open APIs.
Rely on enterprise cloud support
Your easily maintained TradeLens data connections are robustly supported by IBM Cloud.
Use near real-time data
Create new service-provider integrations based on open API standards that allow your logistics team to query, subscribe to and share shipment data and documents in near real-time with parties across the supply chain ecosystem, worldwide.
Have more control
TradeLens APIs and program API code not only put/get shipment data but also enable business process actions you need the data to perform—something EDI can’t do.

further benefits

Build efficient integrations

Free up your teams from integrations with your supply chain partners and redeploy them to value-adding or R&D work. Reduce EDI maintenance costs with a family of open-standard APIs for real-time data transfer between supply chain partners.

Retain control of documents

The TradeLens permissioned Blockchain guarantees the immutability, privacy, and traceability of all shipping data, documents and versions.

Easily manage access

Federated authentication based on OpenID Connect and OAuth2 and flexible access models control who can view, publish and subscribe to shipment-specific data.

Gain flexibility

TradeLens Data integration can map and automate EDI feeds and other data formats from existing infrastructure systems to the platform where needed.


of the industry polled is still using EDI.


of respondents are frustrated with the technology — but of the 57% that aren’t, there is a strong sense that EDI’s days are numbered.


are considering web service APIs as an alternative to EDI.

stay informed, stay ahead

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