Important Bulletins

Important GEC Communications
Posted ( Friday, November 17, 2017 ) --

Thanksgiving Holiday: Due to the shortened work week in observance of the Thanksgiving holidays, mailbox requests maybe be delayed. Any outstanding requests that cannot be completed before the holiday period will be completed after the holidays and the backlog generated will be cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Christmas Holiday Period: The Request Center Queues and Connection Request mailbox will not be monitored over the Christmas holiday period (December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018). Monitoring will resume on January 2, 2018 and the backlog generated over the holidays will be cleaned up as quickly as possible.

What is GEC Hub?

The Global Electronic Commerce Hub or GEC Hub is a central hub that is used for the exchange of documents or messages between Ford applications and external entities. External documents and messages pertain to primarily Electronic Data Interchange or EDI. The GEC Hub supports a variety of EDI standards including ANSI X12 and UN/EDIFACT.

Please read the following learning material to expand your knowledge and understanding of EDI and GEC Hub:
A Day in the Life of EDI The GEC Hub Project

Message Routing & Delivery

Ford applications typically send GEC Hub messages in the Common Internal Format or CIF. GEC Hub uses predefined mappings to translate the CIF messages into the appropriate X12 or EDIFACT EDI standard. The reverse process occurs when external entities send data to Ford. The diagram below shows typical GEC Hub EDI message flow:

Direct Mailbox

Sometimes messages do not require any transformation. In this scenario, the sending application can deposit the message into the intended recipient's mailbox directly without making use of GEC Hub's routing or transformation engine.

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