HDA Truck Pride has signed an agreement with two firms that will automate the purchase order to invoice process between its members, HDA Truck Pride headquarters, and vendor and end-user partners. The multi-year deal with HDX Services and GCommerce provides electronic data exchange between all parties and is a key component of HDA’s information technology strategy, the organization said.

“Automation of the distribution chain, and the utilization of electronic information, is required for HDA Truck Pride to operate in a uniform manner to compete in today’s marketplace,” said Bill Burns, COO of HDA Truck Pride. “Having a joint solution from the two best in class providers to our industry, GCommerce and HDX Services, provides the necessary flexibility for HDA Truck Pride, our members, and our vendor and end-user partners, to achieve maximum participation and therefore efficiencies. Our members are committed, and we are counting on the same level of commitment from our supply chain partners.”

The joint solution is designed to enable electronic orders, acknowledgements back with notification of order receipt, advance ship notices to know what is in transit and to be used as an electronic packing slip for receiving, and electronic invoices for both central pay and direct pay vendor partners. Automation of the documents and transactional flow amongst all four parties, distributors, HDA Truck Pride headquarters, vendor partners and end-user partners, will provide tremendous savings in accuracy, automation, and timeliness, the company said.