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B2 Integration and EDI Process Integration

Established business processes govern the trading relationship between supply chain enterprises. An EDI system permits these processes to be managed electronically. Undertaking an EDI integration project requires in-depth knowledge of enterprise business processes and the electronic documents that are deployed in an EDI system. B2 integration’s expertise extends to the full range of EDI documents used for inter-enterprise functions. Below, we have included a short list of documents commonly used to support supply chain activities. These are a mission-critical subset of the more than 500 documents available to enterprises throughout the supply chain industry.

Item / Promo synchronization

According to AMR Research, suppliers fill over 20% of purchase orders incorrectly. Poor data quality is a significant contributing factor. Electronic synchronization of item attributes between supplier and retailer significantly improves the quality of the data each enterprise relies on to complete transactions accurately. With electronic synchronization in place, the flow of goods into the hands of consumers becomes faster and more streamlined.

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PO Management

Purchase orders (PO’s) were one of the first EDI documents traded electronically. The PO document has evolved over the years and now includes very specific details of the items requested for purchase as well as the terms and conditions of shipment: pack/size configurations, size-mix stock-keeping units (SKU’s), freight terms, payment terms, and consumer ticketing, to name a few.

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Shipping / receiving / bar code integration

The “advanced ship notice” (ASN) is one of the most mission-critical EDI documents. Integrating it into the supply chain process is challenging, but with proper integration, goods flow through distribution centers and on to sales floors with little manual effort.

For this document to accurately represent the shipment of goods, it must be tightly integrated into the suppliers “pick and pack” process. Inaccurate ASN’s can disrupt the receipt of goods by retailers, distribution centers, and stores, and add significant cost to the process. Most major retailers recognize the value of this vital document. It is critical to the receipt of goods, and generates more vendor violation charge-backs than any other EDI document.

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The movement of goods from manufacturer to consumer depends on the transport of inventory. Transport-related EDI documents enable enterprises to reduce costs by shipping full rather than partial truckloads of product, and also permit visibility of product in transit – a benefit that allows distribution centers’ receiving teams to improve resource planning.

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EDI documents pertaining to import enable product visibility during ocean and air transport and are therefore vital for retailers’ ability to secure the working capital needed to maintain business operations. Tangible assets determine what a retailer can borrow. Since retailers become the owners of inventory as soon as goods are placed in a container and set in transit, lending institutions consider that inventory an asset.

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Demand planning and replenishment

No retailer can long retain consumer loyalty if goods are frequently out of stock. Fortunately for the retail industry, “replenishable” items (non-fashion) can now be planned, ordered, and shipped electronically with little manual effort. As retailers increasingly demand that suppliers automate replenishment of such items, the integration of relevant EDI documents to support the process will, for many, become essential to doing business.

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The invoice was the second EDI document adopted among supply chain enterprises. The EDI finance process has evolved and now includes the electronic notification of invoice adjustments and deductions as well as notification of payment and funds (EFT).

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Supply Chain Integration (End-to-End)

Speed, accuracy, and efficiency are critical to profitable, successful supply chain enterprise operations. Achieving these in today’s highly complex and fast-paced supply chain environment is challenging. B2 Integration can contribute significantly to the effort. Our thorough understanding of business processes, EDI documents and processes, and end-to-end EDI integration best practices make us a leader in the field of EDI integration. If we enable supplier and retailer with the series of EDI documents that support business processes (see below), the entire supply chain business process occurs electronically. The resulting gains in speed, accuracy, and efficiency lead to smoothly functioning operations, positive business relationships, and satisfied customers.

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