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  Many dropshippers now rely on an outdated network of emails and phone calls to manage their system and coordinate the delivery between suppliers and customers.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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Technology Onboarding Requires Efficient Technology

  In a company trying to integrate new technology the biggest hurdle is if the people or its employees are going to accept the new technology or not. There have been many cases where when a company has tried to accept a new technology its employees have rejected it before the benefits became apparent. Hence, the problem for new technology on boarding comes down to the manufacturer of the new technology. The manufacturer needs to make sure that the new [...]

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Understanding Amazon Vendor Central – Order Types

Within Amazon Vendor Central, there are two order types, DC and Direct Fulfillment. They vary in order frequency and processing steps. DC Orders DC stands for Distribution Center, meaning that orders ship to Amazon’s various distribution centers. By default, anybody invited to the Vendor Central Program is added to DC. DC orders work by suppliers shipping inventory as requested by Amazon to one of their distribution centers. Form there, the products are shipped to the end user. Usually, Amazon order requests are [...]

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Amazon Payments Reconciliation

Reconciling payments to Invoices in Amazon Vendor Central can be confusing and time consuming for many users. This post explains how to read the payments and reconcile from vendor central. Invoices and Remittances After logging into Vendor central, under Payments tab, you can view the below categories CoOp Invoices Remittance Disptues Current Balance   1. Coop Payments These are the marketing and sales promotion charges Amazon will deduct from the invoices due to the supplier. The charges are agreed between Amazon and the supplier at the time of the [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central Shipping Automation

Processing orders and shipping them in Amazon Vendor Central is a step by step process. Each step has to be executed carefully to avoid any chargebacks. The main steps in Order Processing are Confirming Purchase Orders Preparing Shipment Routing Requests Printing Labels Submitting Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) Submitting Invoices Confirming Purchase Orders Each order will have one or more items. Each item has to be either Accepted or Rejected. Rejection can be soft Reject or Hard Reject. Soft Reject means the item is not available now but it [...]

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