Royal 4 EDI for the 3PL Industry
Many of today’s major retail chains now require their suppliers to communicate with them via Electronic Data Interchange. EDI was developed in order to provide manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers (aka trading partners) with a standard computer format for exchanging common business information such as orders and inventories. The most common barrier to implementation of EDI continues to be the inability of a company to find a partner with the ability to offer EDI. Royal 4 can make this process a reality for your business.
What is EDI?
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business data in standard formats. In EDI, information is organized according to a specified format set by parties, allowing a “hands off” computer transaction that requires no human intervention or re-keying on either end. The information contained in an EDI transaction set is, for the most part, the same as on a conventionally printed document. Traditional applications of EDI are purchase orders, bills of lading, invoices, shipping orders and payments.
Royal 4 provides full EDI capabilities including the ability to provide your customers with advanced shipping notices (ASN’s), UCC 128 data, a bar code tied to a specific product and quantity as a part of the ASN message sent. Our EDI system allows us to communicate with you and your customers through reports as varied as: inbound receipts, outbound orders, inventory reports, activity reports, confirmations of receipts and shipments, invoices, functional acknowledgments, and more.
Royal 4 EDI Communication Overview Information is sent through an electronic clearinghouse, or VAN (Value Added Network). Many companies have opted to exchange this information directly utilizing File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Applicability Statement 2 (AS2). Royal 4’s WMS system (WISE) can be interfaced to each customer host and ERP systems to provide batch or real-time asynchronous or bisynchronous communication of receipt, shipment, inventory, and other data. The system supports ANSI X.12 and EDIFACT EDI transaction sets.