Unlock Your Selling Potential Using EDI
ShipNetwork works directly with leading EDI technology partners to support EDI fulfillment and shipping with big box retailers for wholesale orders and direct-to-consumer drop shipping.
Our EDI fulfillment and shipping service makes it possible for eCommerce retailers of every size to expand their business to new audiences, without worrying about the complexities of managing an EDI integration. Existing ShipNetwork clients can get started selling in as little as 4-6 weeks.
Contact us today to learn more about the retailers ShipNetwork currently supports for EDI fulfillment.
EDI for Fulfillment: The ShipNetwork Approach
EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is a transformative technology that facilitates seamless communication between businesses. In essence, it provides a standardized method for businesses, be it suppliers, customers, carriers, third-party logistics, or other entities in the supply chain, to exchange crucial documents electronically. This method aims to eliminate the inefficiencies of paper-based communications and manual processes.
By adopting EDI, businesses can swiftly manage various document types, from purchase orders to advance ship notices. The brilliance of EDI lies in its transaction codes – standardized formats crafted for effortless integration by numerous enterprises. This ensures that whether you're coordinating with ten partners or a thousand, synchronization of business processes and rules is achieved seamlessly.
EDI's versatility extends to its compatibility with an array of business systems. This includes, but isn't limited to, eCommerce platforms, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Content Management Systems (CMS), and accounting software. As every trading entity has its unique EDI prerequisites, connection methods, and testing protocols, achieving a harmonious setup can be complex.
ShipNetwork partners with SPS Commerce, a leading third party full service EDI provider. SPS Commerce offers cutting-edge cloud-based solutions. This partnership not only offers technology but combines it with expertise, ensuring that EDI integration is tailored, optimized, and executed efficiently for every business process.
How it Works: EDI Transaction Codes
ShipNetwork currently supports electronic purchase orders, advance ship notices, and electronic inventory updates to retailers via the following EDI transaction codesRequest a Quote
The EDI 850 serves as an electronic request for goods or services, transmitted from a purchaser to a supplier. Typically the initial stage in the procurement process, this digital order can address one-time, repetitive, or even modifications to existing orders as dictated by the purchaser.
This digital order details the specific items and their quantities that the buyer wishes to procure. Additionally, it stipulates the desired delivery time and the designated receiving location, which could be a distribution hub, a retail outlet, or directly to the final consumer.
The EDI 856 Advance Ship Notice (ASN)/Manifest primarily offers comprehensive insights regarding an impending shipment of products. Generally dispatched by the product supplier or a third-party logistics specialist to a retailer or distributor, its main aim is to notify about a shipment. Many leading retailers mandate its submission within a predetermined period prior to the product's arrival at the retailer's warehouse or outlet.
This ASN details the shipped items, the transport agency handling the order, the shipment's dimensions, dispatch date, and occasionally, the anticipated delivery date.
The EDI 846 functions as a digital counterpart to the traditional paper-based inventory update, often referred to as Inventory Inquiry/Advice. Predominantly, retailers utilize it to question a supplier's stock levels, while suppliers employ it to communicate the quantity of units they possess. This document additionally provides retailers insight into future inventory availability. The frequency of EDI 846 transmission by suppliers can vary, ranging from several times daily to just a few times weekly.
This Inventory Inquiry/Advice is particularly significant in e-commerce order handling, especially in drop shipping scenarios where the retailer oversees the eCommerce platform.
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