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Target EDI Implementation guide

How Target EDI Simplifies Data Processing on the Platform?

Target a leading marketplace in the retail sector though not as competitive like Amazon still have considerable presence in the United States. Obviously, like any other market place in order to become a Target supplier it is again imperative to become Target EDI compliant. What you achieve after becoming a Target savvy is the access of your product to around millions of customers across the United States of America.

However, it is not as simple and easy to become a supplier on Target with your purchase orders and invoices reaching the retailer without delay and manual error to the leading retailer. A supplier, therefore, will have to fulfill the Target EDI requirements.

As a part of target EDI management strategy one is required to understand the meaning of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) that is the type of communication used by businesses for the data transaction between computers and systems. The primary requirement to carry out an EDI task is Value Added Network (VAN) and a B2B gateway that can transfer data in a readable format between the systems.

As VAN is necessary to make EDI possible and simple, the other way to do EDI is the EDI order management to induce and carry out the routine tasks automatically. It further accomplishes important tasks such as faster order processing, inventory management, fulfillment and trading partnerships, etc.

Target EDI is especially of great assistance and helps small businesses and suppliers in making their business process faster and efficient while working with Target to make the processes accurate, transparent and successful.

What Target does EDI require for compliance to carry smooth data processing?

For a number of suppliers willing to process transactions to Target through the EDI compliance are first required to set up a relationship with VAN even before beginning the trade. As Target already has an elaborate EDI trading system placed well before there it only requires a trader only to sign up with a VAN to reduce unnecessary business steps. What a VAN does by removing unnecessary steps in translation across Target EDI channels into a legible for an impressive EDI order management system. When VAN is placed adequately and effectively it becomes the most efficient and the faster way for a seller to begin EDI trading with Target.

What does a business achieve by Using Target EDI?

Though there is not such a typical requirement for a Target Supplier to have an EDI order management system in place, yet, with a proper and effective order management system the business process becomes rather effective and smooth. A supplier has numerous advantages of following an EDI order management system. Aligning an EDI order management system with Target, therefore, helps a business to minimize data re-entry, easy management of duplicate orders, faster import of orders and many other business-related processes thus becomes faster and efficient.

With EDI order management system with EDI, a business can effectively see and manage important business data and improve its business relations with other trading partners.

Overall benefits of EDI order management system are in three areas and include:-

– Effective capturing of the EDI data
– Automation of routine tasks and data inventory
– Management of inventory and fulfillment activities

How Target EDI Eliminates Data Re-Entry?

Among the various Target EDI specifications, the most important one is EDI manager, the facility offered by the various EDI service providers. The EDI manager directly works with a VAN while storing all data between Target’s EDI system and supplier’s system for effective data visibility and access.

With the help of EDI manager, a businessman can view and easily have access to important data like orders, ASNs, invoices and other valuable EDI documents by the EDI Manager. The benefits of automated processes apart from data visibility are very much extended and like. It completely eliminates the data re-entry, prevents manual errors, avoids chargebacks and at the same time makes your system more effective and accurate.

The Target EDI order management system, when fully implemented offers alerts to suggest low stock, sends timely alerts for automate re-order and showcases the real-time inventory data. Some advanced levels of Target EDI systems help to calculate cost of goods, adjust multiple warehouse locations and analyze different types of data for the purpose of future forecasting.

Different Processes under Target EDI Implementation Guide

Target EDI is driven through and by different types of EDI transaction codes for the different types of business processes. The prominent business processes thus include:-

  • Invoice 810: An electronic alternative to the paper-based invoice document it is mostly sent in return to EDI 850 purchase orders. It is a request of payment once the goods have been shipped or the services have been provided. Its constituents include invoice number and date, shipping details, payment terms, item information and discounts.  
  • Product Activity Data EDI 852: To inform the trading partners with adequate and appropriate SKU activity data like inventory levels, sales rate and other product movement information EDI 852 is employed by traders.  The information processed through EDI 852 includes item description and UPC; quantity sold, on hold or on order, sales forecast, sales history and others.
  • Advance Ship Notice 856: EDI 856 Advance ship notice is used for providing complete and detailed information about a pending delivery of goods. The ASN shares information about the items shipped, about the carrier, size of shipment, ship date and tentative delivery date. It is generally sent by a product supplier to a retailer or distributor. 
  • Target EDI 850: Also known to be as purchase order 850, it is used for placing an order for goods or services. It includes information such as item, price & quantities ordered, shipping details, payment terms and discounts.             
  • Purchase Order Acknowledgement 855: This EDI code confirms a buyer about his requirements received by a supplier. It is an electronic version of a phone call or fax for a supplier receiving a purchase order. The EDI 855 also informs a buyer about the supplier’s inability to fulfill orders in situations like unavailability of stocks and any other technical difficulties.

A full operational and integrated with a valued VAN, Target EDI makes it very simple and effective for a business to process data exchange and transaction.


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