Whether you've utilized EDI in your organization for years or are just getting started for the first time, we're here to help.

Our goal is to make EDI seamless to your organization and business partners.  Please contact us about any EDI-related product or service you have a need for.

EDI Integration

We have successfully created bridges, both inbound (e.g. incoming orders) and outbound (e.g. invoices and advance ship notices), between our EDI systems and our clients' existing business systems. Some mainstream systems that we have interfaced with include SAP, MAS90, PEACHTREE, ACCPAC and QUICKBOOKS.

We have also created custom bridges for dozens of home grown systems. We will sit with our client's IT staff and agree on mutually acceptable data structures to pass information back and forth between our EDI system and their existing business applications.

Additionally, for those who did not want to, or could not have system interfaces, we have built completely standalone systems to allow for full function EDI inbound and outbound processing. When we build these systems, we will meet with our client and study their operation in depth to come up with the best solution for their environment. After many implementations and years of experience, we have discovered that no two businesses function in exactly the same manner. We will design our software to fit your business. We will not force your business functions to comply with any pre-conceived programs or work flows.

Stand Alone EDI

Additionally, for those who did not want to, or could not have system interfaces, we have built completely standalone systems to allow for full function EDI inbound and outbound processing. When we build these systems, we will meet with our client and study their operation in depth to come up with the best solution for their environment. After many implementations and years of experience, we have discovered that no two businesses function in exactly the same manner. We will design our software to fit your business. We will not force your business functions to comply with any pre-conceived programs or work flows.

EDI Communications

Most retailers will maintain a mailbox on a third party value added network (VAN). They will drop mail from that mailbox to you. You will also need to acquire a mailbox where you will pick up your mail from ALL your trading partners at once. You will also send outbound mail from that mailbox to each retailer's mailbox.

Some examples of the more popular third party VANs include INOVIS, GXS, and STERLING COMMERCE. These networks allow for different communication protocols to send and retrieve mail. Asynchronous communication using a dial-up modem is still available but not recommended. FTP communication using the internet is the most common method. Some retailers will insist that you communicate with them directly using a protocol called AS2. We have worked with several software packages that can help you establish this connection. Additionally, many VANS will provide the AS2 capability for you.

ASNs, UCC-128 shipping labels and VICS Bill of Lading

Merchandise can be packed and shipped in several ways. Shipments can be made to:

  • - a retailer's distribution centers in bulk
  • - a retailer's distribution center but packed for individual store
  • - a retailer's stores directly

Goods can be packed:

  • - in standard case packs with a single SKU per carton
  • - in pick and pack mode with a mix of SKUs in a carton

We have written customized systems to handle any combination of the above scenarios. Our systems range from minimal data entry packages for shipment of standard case pack merchandise to complex systems that force scanning of every item as they are packed into shipping cartons. We will meet with your warehouse staff to assure that they will be comfortable with the operation we will provide for them.

We have designed UCC-128 compliance labels for most of the major retailers in the United States. Again, label printing can be done to meet your operational requirements. Some of our clients print their shipping labels in a batch mode for an entire shipment or by individual distribution center. Others print individual labels as they seal each carton for shipment.

We can print the VICS standard bill of lading for any retailer requiring it. This includes generation of the standard seventeen digit bill of lading number and completely automated generation of all required information.

The key to your successful implementation is our flexibility. We'll make sure we conform to your requirements.

UPC / GTIN Numbers

We can generate UPC numbers for your products at the item/color/size level. We provide data entry screens that allow you to select from various size matrices and we will generate as many numbers as required based on the colors and sizes selected.

If your items are on an online catalog (GXS, QRS/INOVIS, INTERTRADE), we can take the newly created UPC numbers and generate an EDI 832 document to load those numbers into the online catalog.

It's simple enough to print UPC labels that you can apply to your product. We can produce custom UPC formats to meet each of your customer's requirements if that becomes necessary.

 


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