The Value Added Network (VAN) business began with a simple transaction that was manually transmitted within the grocery industry. The VAN was developed out of a necessity for companies to replace their traditional business communication methods. These methods included human interaction and the use of the postal service and the telephone. Communicating in this way caused severe “bottle necks” and held up the flow of data. This problem spawned the birth of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards. EDI was developed to help standardize the electronic flow of business documents. As this shift from manual to electronic business communications grew it opened up a market for how to exchange this data. Thus, VAN business emerged as a direct result of this shift in business communication.