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The Trials and Tribulations of the EDI 852

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 01:25 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, supply chain, benefits of EDI, EDI ROI, EDI document, vendor managed inventory, benf

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Picture appears courtesy of D.C. Atty.  This week's blog was written Aurora team member Kim Zajehowski.  Many of our clients ask: How can I track our customers’ product sales and on hand inventory? The answer is the EDI 852, also known as the Product Activity Data transaction.  This document can be used to convey that very information to you directly from your customers. The 852 transaction is structured so the customers provide a report to you via EDI with inventory figures for week ending dates typically ending on Saturdays. The transmissions usually are generated by customers on Sunday-Tuesday for the previous week’s snapshot. Quantity Sold (QS), Quantity On Hand (QA), Quantity Returned (QU), Quantity on Order (QP), Quantity in Bonds (QF), and Quantity Inventory Adjustment per physical inventory (QT) are the standard quantities that you may see provided for by your customer. The two most used are the Quantity Sold and Quantity on Hand. The Quantity Returned or a negative Quantity Sold may have to be considered as reducing the overall Quantity Sold on a given product if provided.

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