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Retail EDI Solutions

One of the most time-consuming but essential aspects of any retail business is creating and fulfilling orders. Vendors must move products to multiple locations using different delivery methods, and products must arrive accurately and on time.

Whether you’re in the retail supply chain, a service provider or customer, the ability to collaborate seamlessly and securely with business partners is critical. Exchanging project information, purchase orders, invoices, and shipping documents by paper is prone to error, inefficient, and costly.

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EDI Retailers & Partners

Effective Data works with an infinite number of retailers and partners. Popular vendors in the EDI space include but are not limited to:

The retail industry has embraced the vendor-managed inventory model to meet customer demand while curbing costs. In VMI, the supplier makes the main inventory replenishment decisions for the consuming organization. This means suppliers have greater control of inventory, leading to less waste or over-supply. The replenishment cycle often moves from monthly to weekly or daily, increasing customer service.

Effective Data has EDI solutions explicitly tailored for retailers and their suppliers. Our products and services make it easy and affordable to collaborate with business partners, transfer data, and integrate internal business processes.

In the retail industry, response time is critical. To collaborate effectively with your global suppliers and meet delivery expectations, businesses have to have complete, accurate real-time supply chain visibility, optimized order management, and real-time inventory information. Benefits of our EDI solutions include:

  • Automated order processing and inventory management
  • Improved efficiency
  • Enhanced accuracy of exchanged data
  • Complete activity management
  • Reduced manual data entry
  • Application Integration

With our EDI tools, suppliers and service providers can become retail industry EDI compliant in no time.

Retail EDI Documents & Transactions

Effective Data supports all major EDI communications methods and has extensive knowledge of industry trends and requirements. When partnering with us, EDI documents are readily available, easy to process, and hassle-free to manage. Here are a few examples of everyday retail EDI transactions:

  • EDI 210: Freight Invoice – The EDI 210 is sent by a commercial carrier to a shipper (such as a manufacturer or distributor), to convey billing details related to a freight shipment. 
  • EDI 214: Freight Shipping Status – EDI 214 is used by transportation carriers or trucking companies to provide shippers and consignees with the status of their shipments. 
  • EDI 810: Invoice – An EDI 810 is an electronic version of a paper invoice that sellers send to buyers to request payment for products delivered.
  • EDI 812: Debit/Credit Adjustment – The EDI 812 is a debit/credit adjustment business document that securely communicates costs between businesses for goods or services.
  • EDI 816: Organizational Relationships – The EDI 816 contains information on individual locations, such as warehouses, distribution centers or retail stores, including their addresses and relationship to the parent organization.
  • EDI 832: Product Catalog Pricing - The EDI 832 price/sales catalog document was created to provide a full catalog of products and pricing electronically, rather than via hard copy. 
  • EDI 846: Inventory Status Transportation - An EDI 846 is an electronic version of a paper inventory update commonly used by retailers to inquire about a supplier’s inventory levels and for suppliers to advise on the number of units they have on hand.
  • EDI 850: Purchase Order - The EDI 850 is an electronic purchase order sent from a buyer to a seller, requesting goods or services.
  • EDI 855: Purchase Order Acknowledgment - Using the EDI 855 purchase order acknowledgment, sellers communicate receipt or rejection of an order to a buyer. This document also communicates errors or changes to an order.
  • EDI 860: PO Change Request - The EDI 860 is used most by buyers to request changes to a previous purchase order (EDI 850).
  • EDI 864: Text Message - The EDI 864 was originally created to be used as a one-time communication method to transfer specific data. However, some businesses have begun to use the EDI 864 more frequently to communicate information for which there is no specific document. 

Consumers want a retail experience that’s simple and functional. In a matter of 2-4 weeks, we take the entire vendor onboarding process out of your hands, which allows you to focus on your core business operations. Strengthen your position in the retail industry with EDI services from Effective Data. Contact us for additional information.

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We owe a debt of gratitude to Effective Data. They took a last-minute call before the weekend and a few days later, our EDI software was upgraded and ready for our go-live date. They were knowledgeable, thorough and timely. Effective Data will get our business from now on. T.D., EDI Coordinator, Leading National Pharmaceutical Supplier

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