Last update: 27 Oct 1996 / 12. March 2001.

Outdated information from 1996

The information in this document is outdated! None of us is working with EDI anymore and we can therefore not answer any questions about the EDI status in Norway today.

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We are two post-graduate students at HiBu Ringerike in Norway. HiBu Ringerike is the College of Buskerud (unit Ringerike). The school offers its students a economic/adminstrative (teacher) education.

In the spring of 1996 we shall deliver our post-graduate thesis which will deal with the use of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) within commodity trade (grocery shops and wholesalers) here i Norway.

EDI is:

EDI (EDIFACT - The UN standard for EDI) can be use within:

Use of Electronic Data Interchange can result in big savings for the firms which use this technology. The exchange of documents will be rationalizated, you only have to type data in one time and the exchange will go faster and paper will be saved.

We have studied:

In week 6/1996 we sent about 80 questionaires to chains (Aka, Rimi, ICA, Livi etc.) and wholesalers (Norges Gruppen, Hakon Gruppen, NKL og Reitan). From the chains we have received about 40 % answers, and from the wholesalers we have received about 75 %. We can see from the answers that some of the chains and wholesalers have little knowledge about EDI.

Bigger firms use EDI more than small firms, and about 67 % of our firms use EDI now in 1996.

Post-graduate students Bjørn Roger Rasmussen and Henrik Risøy

Students at HiBu Ringerike (School name today: University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) - campus Ringerike).