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Page 18 of 63 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 19 FREIGHT PAYMENT SPECIAL REPORT S TE A DY G ROW TH I N e-commerce activit y is driving a surge in the p a r c e l d e l i v e r y b u s i n e s s , a n d streng thening the role of EDI in processing and auditing freight pay- ments, according to shippers and billing companies. Second-quarter 2016 retail e-com- merce sales, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, totaled $97.3 billion, up 4.5 percent from the fi rst quarter, according to the US Department of Commerce. With rapid growth of e-commerce, electronic data interchange brings better visibility to parcel shipments and payments By Alan M. Field EDI'S SUPPORTING ROLE

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