What is Tradacoms?

It is an early standard for EDI, designed for domestic trade and primarily used in the UK retail sector. The Tradacoms standard encompasses 25 messages and each message is set out in a hierarchical structure. Unlike EDIFACT, Tradacoms does not use a single message format, but instead uses multiple messages which constitute a transmission.

STX=ANAA:1+5000116000123:RETAIL STORES LTD+5013546110456:RETAIL SERVICES+141123:134748+358767+ +ORDHDR’
MHD=1+ORDHDR:9′
TYP=0430+NEW-ORDERS’
SDT=5021839054321+RETAIL SERVICES’
CDT=5000119012345+RETAIL STORES LTD++220430231′
FIL=513+1+141123′
MTR=6′
MHD=2+ORDERS:9′
CLO=5000116001234:0100821′
ORD=LM82191329029::141123′
DIN=141130+++ANY PROBS CALL LISA 01234 123783:EMAIL?: LISA.JONES@UK.RETAIL.COM’
OLD=1+::05050747002152++:4294588+5+400++++128MB USB FLASH MEMORY’
OLD=2+::05021839901684++:6293087+4+360++++HP56 BLACK INK’
OLD=3+::05021839901509++:6293093+4+480++++HP57 COLOUR INK’
OTR=3′
MTR=19′
MHD=4+ORDTLR:9′
OFT=3′
MTR=3′
MHD=5+RSGRSG:2′
RSG=358767+5013546110456′
MTR=3′
END=5′

Example Tradacoms File

Nowadays, people tend to use more EDI than Tradacoms but in the UK, it is still a common standard. It is pretty straightforward, even more when you are used to the 25  messages of the Tradacoms files.

Here is how the above document looks in Babelway

Babelway makes understanding Tradacom files much easier. Since they are based off a standard, Babelway can help identify the meaning of each field. This makes mapping your file to another format type much easier and doesn’t require previous knowledge of Tradacoms to complete.

Build from sample file

Create your incoming or outgoing Tradacoms structure from a sample file

  • Upload your sample and get it parsed immediately
  • Customize for strict or loose application of Tradacoms standards
  • Loosen Tradacoms standard validation or, reversely, add custom validations on certain fields

Transform any format

Use simple drag&drop to map your Tradacom messages to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database

  • 12+ formats to choose from: CSV, multi-record text file, Idoc, Excel, XML, UBL, etc
  • Hundreds of transformation functions available or build your custom functions
  • Use correspondence tables to replace data sets
  • Change your EDIFACT structure without loosing your transformation maps

Connect to anyone

Connect your Babelway environment using any EDI or non-EDI communication protocols

  • 12+ communication protocols supported including X400, VAN, AS2, SFTP, VPN, etc.
  • Define retry strategies for maximum robustness
  • Get notified and intervene immediately in case of processing or delivery issues

And last but not least:

Get extended support from the experts

Babelway is not only a great Self-Service platform, it’s a team of expert individuals to make you succeed

  • Spot the ‘reuse and save time’ zone on the right of the screen? Import messages and maps from our catalog
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