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XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. XML files are simple text files in which the content is surrounded by tags describing the content.

3M can communicate using XML in two ways: Https and email.


XML is a relatively simple, quick and inexpensive technology.

Who should use it?

Both small and large 3M customers would benefit from using XML to place their orders with 3M. However, there are fewer messages supported via XML so should you require messages not included in the above list, EDI is perhaps more suited for your needs.


Messages currently supported:


  • Advance Ship Notice
  • Inventory
  • Invoice
  • Price
  • Purchase Orders
  • Purchase Order Acknowledgements
  • Receipts

  • Purchase Orders
Most XML messages we receive at 3M are orders. Here is an example order.

We currently work with the following software / standards:

  • BAAN
  • BML
  • CXML
  • MAM
  • NORWG1
  • SAGE
  • SAP
  • XKO
This list is not exhaustive – should you wish to use a different standard/schema please get in touch. If you could send us a test order we should be able to ascertain whether or not we can accept your XML in its current format.
 3M XML Orders - 1977 3M Computer Centre
Contact the B2B Team
Our European B2B team would like to work with you personally to set up your eCommunication with 3M.

We are available weekdays 9:00 until 18:00 CET.

Please do complete our contact form.

Should you be located outside Europe please use our 3M Worldwide eCommerce site.