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Safeway connects to our EDI partners exclusively through AS2 adhering to the EDIINT standards. EDIINT stipulates a secure encrypted and digitally signed method of communicating over the Internet and provides non-repudiation of the delivery of the messages between partners.

Safeway currently uses Axway Synchrony (previously called Cyclone Interchange) software to communicate with our partners using the AS2 specification foe EDI. Safeway prefers using the Http protocol and the synchronous Message Disposition Notification (MDN). Safeway maintains two AS2 environments - a QA for testing and a Production for the live EDI transactions. Safeway will make every attempt to facilitate our trading partners to set up the AS2 connection. However, in order to establish the AS2 connection with Safeway, Safeway will mandate our trading partners to satisfy a set of criteria, e.g. transaction volume.

If your company is AS2 enabled and would like to connect with Safeway via AS2, please email You will then be provided the AS2 connection.

The AS2 software must be certified for interoperability by Drummond Group. For a complete list of certified AS2 software, please visit their website at

If your company is not yet AS2 enabled, there are two other options available:

  1. Connect to Safeway via a Value Added Network (VAN)

    Most of the VAN already has a direct AS2 connection with Safeway and therefore is capable of transmitting the EDI transactions. Your company will sign up with one of the VAN to allow them to receive and send your EDI transactions electronically to and from Safeway. However, the cost of the connection is borne entirely by your company as Safeway will not bear the cost for the VAN services. Depending on your setup with the VAN, there could be some delay in the delivery of the EDI transactions.

  2. Connect to Safeway via a 3rd party service provider

    Another way to connect to Safeway for EDI transactions is to engage a third party service provider who can connect to Safeway via AS2. These service providers, in addition to enable your company to send and receive the EDI transactions electronically, they also provide wide variety additional services for your processing needs.

Currently, the following VAN and 3rd party service providers are connected to Safeway via AS2:

Sterling Commerce (Ordernet)* GXS (GEIS, IBM Advantis)*
Inovis (Harbinger)* Kleinschmidt*
ECOM* NuBridges (Tymnet, MCI EDInet)*
EDS Elite* Softshare, Inc.*
ICC Intercom* Intertrade*
Everyday EDI*  
Edict (Grocery EC) IBM ISSC (VMI /CRP service only)
ADX (Advance Data Exchange) ITrade Network

* This is not a complete list of companies that offer the applicable products and/or services. Companies listed above are not affiliated with or sponsored by Safeway. Safeway does not endorse or guarantee any of the products and/or services these companies may offer or provide to their respective customers.


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