Doing EDI with Kohl

EDI Compliance with Kohl

Kohl recommends its Vendors to be EDI Ready as soon as they start doing with business with Kohl.

What is EDI

To understand the basics of EDI and an overview, refer our earlier blog, Basics of EDI that explains how EDI for a trading partner works.

What you need to know about doing EDI with a customer

The basic questions to be addressed for any EDI connection are

  • How to connect to the customer system to receive and send EDI documents
  • What inbound and outbound documents are required to be exchanged
  • What EDI standards and format does customer require

Kohl EDI Connection

Kohl uses GXS as their VAN (Value Added Network) provider. Hence, all trading partners should be able to connect to GXS VAN system to send and receive EDI documents

Kohl EDI Standards

Kohl follows X12 4010 standards for its EDI Integration

EDI Documents Required for Kohl Connection

Kohl Requires the below documents to be exchanged with the trading partner.

Outbound from Kohl

EDI 850 – New Purchase orders (Blanket and Release)
EDI 860 – Purchase order changes
EDI 864 – Text messages. Any errors or warnings will be sent through this.
EDI 816 – Organizational relations (Ship to Address)

Inbound to Kohl

Kohl expects the trading partners to send the below EDI messages
EDI 856 – Advance Shipment Notice
EDI 810 – Invoices to customer

Testing Process with Kohl

Kohl does not have a separate testing process with EDI certification. They will send a live purchase order through EDI and expect the vendor to send corresponding EDI 856 and ASN document through EDI.

Third Party EDI Service Provider

Kohl encourages its vendors to become EDI compliant as soon as possible. Utilizing experienced EDI service provider like TPSynergy( will shorten the cycle time to become EDI Compliant with Kohl

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