EDI Transaction Sets

An EDI transaction set is a standardized document that business use to communicate. Any EDI set needs to adhere to a set of rules, put in place by the ANSI X12. For example, EDI 810 is a set that covers invoices being sent and received. Using a Transaction Set To fully utilize an EDI transaction set, it has to be translated from computer code into human readable information. From here, the report is either sent to the company’s ERP system for [...]

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Why Companies Need a Vendor Portal

A vendor, or supplier portal, is an interface in which suppliers and other members of the supply chain can easily communicate between each other. A few of the benefits gained by introducing a vendor portal include:   Broader Supplier Enablement A comprehensive portal enables suppliers to automate routine supply chain execution transactions including purchase orders, ship notices and commercial invoices. Although EDI (electronic data integration) can achieve many of the same effects, smaller businesses struggle to find the resources, budget and in-house expertise [...]

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Control Towers in a Supply Chain

In any supply chain, there are many moving parts that all need constant and rapid communication to ensure that the system is running smoothly. Warehouses, customers, transportation, and suppliers all need constant updates to factor for unexpected changes, and all information needs to be synced with the company’s ERP system. Problems Within the Supply Chain   In a supply chain without a proper control tower, many problems can arise, including: Suppliers not receiving purchase orders Suppliers not receiving changes to order size [...]

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Collaboration Across the Supply Chain

In every aspect of a supply chain, there are areas of collaboration. It’s important to understand each type of collaboration, its use in the supply chain, and when a business needs to use it. Some common areas of collaboration include: Purchase Orders Shipments/Receipts Inventory/ Forecast Invoice/Payments   Purchase Order Collaboration Some traits of businesses that need purchase order collaboration include: Companies with a small group of strategic suppliers, and where most items are single or dual sourced Companies that have frequent small volume purchase orders to the [...]

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Dropshipping with Large Suppliers

  Many dropshippers now rely on an outdated network of emails and phone calls to manage their system and coordinate the delivery between suppliers and customers. While this system may work for the time being, there are a variety of benefits associated with switching to an electronic (EDI) system. In addition, in order to do businesses with many large suppliers, businesses need to be fully EDI complaint along a variety of formats. Large Suppliers Many large suppliers like Royal Canin, Grainger and [...]

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3PL/Warehouse Process in Supply Chain

In most supply chains, warehouses and 3pl (third party logistics) providers are an essential part in ensuring that products arrive on time and are accounted for properly. Many businesses today rely on paper documents to convey information to and from warehouses, which takes time and is prone to errors, both of which slow down your supply chain. However, modern technology allows businesses to use EDI messages, which come with a variety of benefits, including:   Collaboration: Some benefits of having electronic data [...]

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The Benefits of Implementing an EDI Solution

    What is EDI?   Electronic Data Integration, or EDI, is a system by which data, such as purchase orders or invoices, are able to be processed and responded to by various electronic systems, rather than by manual processing by humans. Some EDI messages include EDI 850 – New Purchase Orders, and EDI 727 – Supplier Routing Request.   The Benefits of implementing EDI   The main benefit of implementing a comprehensive EDI solution is that many platforms, such as Amazon VC, require suppliers to be [...]

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Amazon FBA vs Direct Fulfillment

What is Amazon Direct Fulfillment? To better aid suppliers, Amazon offers Direct Fulfillment facilities to selected vendors, along with the traditional FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). To join this program, vendors must already be in the traditional program, and must fill out an application. Normally, FBA is a system by which vendors ship their products to an Amazon Distribution Center, from where Amazon manages all shipping and returns to the individual customers. Amazon issues bulk order at the beginning of each week. Suppliers [...]

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Freight Carrier Invoice Automation – Use EDI

Freight Carriers Large Freight Carriers like ABF, Bax Global, BNSF Logistics and many other Freight carriers provide Electronic Data Integration(EDI) as an option to automate the documents exchange with them. This improves data processing speed and accuracy. It also helps to reduce human data entry errors and time consuming manual process. Documents for automation with EDI The below documents can be automated with Freight Forwarders using EDI Load Tender (Pickup Request) – EDI 204 Carrier Invoice – EDI 210 Bill of Lading – EDI 211 Shipment [...]

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Smart Supply Chain – What is it and why do you need it?

The Importance of a Connected Supply Chain Most companies rely on traditional processes to ensure the gap between demand and supply is as small as possible. These include forecasts and purchasing plans, which are used to order the necessary materials on time. To factor in some variation, companies may have a distribution plan in place, all of which come together to give the customer a precise delivery window. This entire process, however, is prone to delays and miscalculations, all of [...]

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