The Technology

fcB2B/EDI is the computer-to-computer exchange of business data in standard formats. Information is organized according to a specified format set by both parties, allowing a “hands-off” computer transaction that requires no human intervention or rekeying on either end.

What is fcB2B Technology?

fcB2B is the common acronym for the technology used in the flooring industry. fcB2B is the computer-to-computer exchange of business data in standard formats:

  • EDI X12 for sending and receiving batches of data
  • Web Services for real-time internet data exchange

The information contained in an EDI/B2B/fcB2B transaction or web service is the same as on a conventional paper document.

The fcB2B / EDI Standard

The fcB2B Standard is a simplified, industry-specific form of EDI that uses the internet to make EDI affordable and efficient for businesses of all sizes.

The standard was created and is maintained by the Floor Covering Business to Business Group (fcB2B), representing suppliers and software companies in the flooring industry.

What are Web Services?

Real-time services that fcB2B-compliant suppliers offer to their customers.  These services support basic inquiries and advanced requests. These services include:

  • Price Check
  • Order Status
  • Associated Items
  • Stock Check
  • Reservation Request
  • Additional services are being defined and developed

Depending on the capabilities of your company’s system software, you can access this information in real time from a computer or a mobile device, such as a smart phone. You don’t have to be in an office to quickly find answers your client wants to know.

How will Web Services help my business?


  • Is the product in stock?
  • How much stock is available?
  • When can I receive it?
  • Avoid calling a supplier to check on stock, prices, etc.


  • At the counter
  • On a mobile device anywhere in your showroom
  • On a mobile device at the job site

How can Your Company take advantage of this technology?

  • If you are using industry specific software, contact your account rep and tell them that you want to upgrade of the fcB2B/EDI compliant version.
  • If you don’t have one of these software packages, talk to your current software vendor and tell them that you want to be fcB2B/EDI enabled.
  • If you do not currently have a software package, or are looking for a new one, visit our Member Directory to see the software vendors who are fcB2B/EDI compliant.
  • If you are a Software Vendor, join fcB2B today!