Friday, April 07, 2006

Office Products EDI requirements

Led by the largest retailer of office products, Office Depot, EDI is a requirement for virtually every supplier in the office products supply chain.

Other major retailers such as Staples, and Office Max require EDI capability. So do wholesale companies like S. P. Richards and United Stationers; buying groups like Independent Stationers and Tri Mega; as well as manufactures including Ampad.

Retailer Office Depot mandates that their suppliers exchange EDIpurchase orders, advance ship notices and invoices with them. Learn more about Office Depot EDI requirements at Office Depot and about an easy-to-use EDI solution at Office Depot EDI .

Wholesale company S. P. Richards’ EDI requirements include the same three transaction types for their suppliers. However, smaller volume suppliers may get an exemption and not have send advance ship notices. More about S. P. Richards EDI can be found at S. P. Richards EDI.

Manufactures have also been adopting EDI. Ampad, for example, sends their suppliers EDI purchase orders and requires EDI advance ship notices be sent to them. They pay on receipt though and suppliers do not have to send EDI invoices.

Transmission of EDI transactions is done via VAN (Value Added Network) with all of the companies discussed so far. Some, such as Office Depot and Staples also offer suppliers the option of communication via AS/2, which is a secure communication method over the internet.

Of course other retailers with efficient supply chains such as discount retailers Wal-Mart, Target, and CostCo, grocery stores Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, and Shaws; and drugstores CVS and Walgreens all require their office products vendors to be EDI compliant. I will discuss these stores' EDI requirements in future blog posts.