fcB2B’s goal for the following web pages is to give the prospective user of B2B greater insight into this technology. In this section, we have skipped most of the higher-level technical aspects, focusing more on the basics and process flow of B2B.
B2B: What is it?
B2B is simply the sending and receiving of information using computer technology.
Its efficiency has made it a condition of doing business in dozens of industries, including retail, grocery, warehousing, transportation (rail, ship, and trucking), health care, education, real estate, and government. Any standard business document that one company would exchange with another (such as a purchase order, invoice, shipping schedule, inventory inquiry, and claim submission) can be exchanged between two parties, or trading partners, as long as both have made the preparations.
B2B cannot be activated with a flip of the switch or in a moment's notice. Many procedures must be carried out in preparation for exchanging data with a trading partner.
The use of B2B is not limited by differences in companies or communication methods. Instead, B2B bridges the information gap that exists between companies using different computer systems.