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Order-X: the hybrid format of electronic orders

Currently, orders are generally placed by paper, fax, or PDF, which requires data to be re-entered into the information system, or placed by electronic means, EDI, which facilitates integration. The cost of such integration can be relatively high for some SMEs.
This raises the issue of finding a format that is accessible to all types of companies, regardless of the degree of digitalization of their traditional processes and the human and material resources allocated to them.
Drawing on the success of the Factur-X format, the Franco-German standard for electronic invoicing, Order-X was designed on the same principle: the electronic order uses the same data model as Factur-X (SCRDM ).
Following the example of Factur-X, Order-X is a hybrid format made up of PDF and XML formats, with the former being readable by the user and the latter being interpretable by a machine (software application). The XML file is embedded in the transmitted PDF document.
Depending on the needs and capacity of the companies, 3 XML data profiles have been defined:

  • BASIC: the data necessary for operating the order
  • COMFORT: all data inherent to the order
  • EXTENDED: COMFORT data as well as data specific to the "business"

This enables automatic, fast, efficient and reliable order processing by SMEs.
Although the use of a structured EDI format remains the most efficient technology for electronic exchanges between companies in the long term, the Order-X hybrid format represents an efficient alternative in the short/medium term for integrating data into your information system at a competitive cost.

The Order-X format is developed by both the FNFE-MPE and the FeRD . eBusiness eXpert, being a member of the FNFE-MPE, is involved.

For more information, see the FNFE publication here and the FNFE documentation here.

* Supply Chain Reference Data Model
** Forum National de la Facture Électronique et des Marchés Publics Électroniques (France)
*** Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland (Deutschland)