Picture appears courtesy of Asja Boros. Third in our greatest hits tradition comes an updated Greatest Hits list. This list represents the 20 most viewed blogs from the beginning. We found it fascinating to see how this list has evolved since we posted our first and second greatest hits lists back in 2014 and 2015. We appreciate all of our readers and invite you to let us know if there is a topic you'd like to see a blog on. We will do our best to accommodate. Without further ado, we give you, Aurora EDI Alliance's Greatest Hits Volume 3.
Photo appears courtesy of JeffreyW. Have you ever found illicit drugs in your granola bar? More on that later. This year marks my 20th year integrating EDI as a reseller. My audience many times has been both the small to mid-sized companies that did not have their pulse on those fancy tech tools and the big corporations that dictated their EDI compliancy. Our value brings these vendors into the fold with the best-of-the-breed EDI tools along with the fortitude to recommend and the experience to execute. The solutions can include hosting, an EDI translator, integration development tools, and shipping & barcoding packages.
Picture appears courtesy of Steve Snodgrass. Back in November of 2013, we posted our Greatest Hits Volume 1 blog and we got a great response. And having just recently hit the major milestone of having done 100 blog articles, we thought we would celebrate by posting another "greatest hits" blog. Our Greatest Hits Volume 2 list represents the second 10 most viewed blogs on our site. Again, we were surprised by this list and we love seeing what topics our readers are looking for. Enjoy!
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.
An emerging trend in the world of EDI is the disappearance of traditional EDI purchase orders. This is due to a new way of doing business called Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI). What does this mean for the supplier? Before I address that, let’s look at what Vendor Managed Inventory is. The website www.vendormanagedinventory.com defines it as, “A means of optimizing Supply Chain performance in which the manufacturer is responsible for maintaining the distributor’s inventory levels.” So what this means for the supplier or manufacturer is that rather than receiving the 850, which is the traditional EDI purchase order, they will instead receive the EDI 852 point of sale report. Based on the sales information the 852 point of sale provides, they will send the appropriate product to replenish the shelves. The retailer then receives an EDI 855 purchase order acknowledgement from the supplier, notifying them of the order. Occasionally, the 856 advanced ship notice serves this purpose.