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How can EDI help Supply Chain Visibility (SCV)?

How can EDI lend a hand Provide Chain Visibility (SCV)?

Supply chain visibility (SCV) can be defined as the ability to track goods or services in transit from the manufacturer/service provider to their final destination, usually the end consumer. The goal of SCV is to improve and strengthen the supply chain by making data readily available to all stakeholders, including the customer. Supply chain visibility technology such as EDI promotes quick response to change by allowing the connected parties to take action and re-direct if necessary

Here are just a few of the EDI transaction sets that help SCV:

EDI 855 – Purchase Order AcknowledgementThis EDI transaction set can be used to inform a buyer (usually a retailer) that a vendor (distributor/manufacturer) has or will ship the goods or services as prearranged in their partnership agreement.
EDI 856 – Advance Ship NoticeThis transaction set can be used to list the contents of a shipment of goods as well as additional information relating to the shipment, such as order information, product description, physical characteristics, type of packaging, marking, carrier information, and configuration of goods within the transportation equipment. The transaction set enables the sender to describe the contents and configuration of a shipment in various levels of detail and provides an ordered flexibility to convey information. The sender of this transaction is the organization responsible for detailing and communicating the contents of a shipment, or shipments, to one or more receivers of the transaction set. The receiver of this transaction set can be any organization having an interest in the contents of a shipment or information about the contents of a shipment.
EDI 820 – Payment Order / Remittance AdviceThis transaction set can be used to make a payment, send a remittance advice, or make a payment and send a remittance advice. This transaction set can be an order to a financial institution to make a payment to a payee. It can also be a remittance advice identifying the detail needed to perform cash application to the payee’s accounts receivable system. The remittance advice can go directly from payer to payee, through a financial institution, or through a third party agent.
EDI 830 – Planning Scheduling with Release CapabilitiesThis transaction set can be used to provide forecasting/material release information between organizations. The planning schedule transaction may be used in various ways or in a combination of ways, such as: (1) a simple forecast; (2) a forecast with the buyer’s authorization for the seller to commit to resources, such as labor or material; (3) a forecast that is also used as an order release mechanism, containing such elements as resource authorizations, period to date cumulative quantities, and specific ship/delivery patterns for requirements that have been represented in “buckets,” such as weekly, monthly, or quarterly. The order release forecast may also contain all data related to purchase orders, as required, because the order release capability eliminates the need for discrete generation of purchase orders.
EDI 214 – Transportation Carrier Shipment Status MessageThis transaction set can be used by a transportation carrier to provide shippers, consignees, and all connected supply chain parties with the status of shipments in terms of dates, times, locations, route, identifying numbers, and conveyance.
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