What is PEPPOL?
PEPPOL stands for the Pan-European Public Procurement Online and it is an open network that enables businesses and governments to exchange standards-based electronic documents. In essence, it is an open and free way for businesses to communicate with each other via a framework that requires minimal interaction between both parties. Unlike other B2B or B2G networks, PEPPOL leverages standards and a unified registry to enable communication to occur without prior testing or setup.
Anyone who becomes a PEPPOL participant is publishing their information on the network, allowing other companies to send and receive documents with that partner. A company simply needs to publish which document types they will accept and some identifying information about them to be found by other parties. Then, the sending party can send files directly to the framework. All the receiver identifying information is contained in the document.