Worth Added EDI – It’s No longer Simply All About Orders and Invoices
Although the main backbone of EDI is exchanging electronic orders and invoices between trading partners, there is so much more value add that a well-functioning EDI solution can give the user. Here is just a small selection of some of the solutions that EDI can deliver and the extra value they give the user:
When and where will my goods be delivered (EDI 856)? The Advance Ship Notice EDI 856 enables the sender to describe the contents and configuration of a shipment in various levels of detail. The goal of the ASN is to provide information to the destination’s receiving operations well in advance of delivery. The ASN delivers value add to the user in 3 distinct areas: cost, accuracy, and flexibility.
How much stock can I sell (EDI 846)? The Inventory Update EDI 846 informs trading partners on goods on hand and in stock. This document tends to be traded frequently and brings value add in that the seller can remove out of stock items from their listings.
Where are my goods now (EDI 214)? The Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message EDI 214 can be used by shippers to let trading partners know of the progress of goods in transit.
How do I know I got paid (EDI 820)? The Payment Order/Remittance Advice EDI 820 is sent by an organization to a supplier when payment is made, especially in the case of an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The value add here is that it provides suppliers with the ability to reconcile which invoices have been paid in full for any given payment.
How much did we sell today in… (EDI 852)? The Product Activity Data EDI 852 can be used by retailers to let distributors and suppliers what goods were sold at a given time period and in what location. The value add is that suppliers can plan and ship accordingly to meet their customers’ needs.
I want my shelves constantly stocked, but I don’t want the hassle of remembering to order: EDI can help retailers but a working Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) solution in place where the onus is on the supplier to have the retailers’ shelves constantly stocked at an agreed level.