EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification (ASN)

In Electronic Document Interchange (EDI), an EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification (ASN) is most commonly utilized as a method

In Electronic Document Interchange (EDI), an EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification (ASN) is most commonly utilized as a method of shipment confirmation between a supplier and retailer. The 856 provides visibility for inbound shipments, automation of receiving, and confirmation for direct vendor-to-consumer shipments.

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An EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification is typically insufficient to fully comply with EDI standards. additional documentation is necessary to fully comply with the sales cycle requirements. An acknowledgment document, such as an 810 Invoice, will need to be included as well as an advance shipping notice, such as an EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification. an EDI 856 will include important information regarding the outbound shipment, including the shipment’s contents and how the items were prepared for shipment.

EDI 856 Format

ISA*01*0000000000*01*0000000000*ZZ*ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO*ZZ*123456789012345*101127*1719*U*00400*000003438*0*P*>
GS*SH*4405197800*999999999*20111206*1045*49*X*004060
ST*856*0008
BSN*14*829716*20111206*142428*0002
HL*1**S
TD1*PCS*2****A3*60.310*LB
TD5**2*XXXX**XXXX
REF*BM*999999-001
REF*CN*5787970539
DTM*011*20111206
N1*SH*1 ENCOMPASS SOLUTIONS
N3*1175 REVOLUTION MILL DRIVE L31
N4*GREENSBORO*NC*27405
N1*OB*ABC RETAIL
N3*P O BOX 1010101
N4*LEXINGTON*NC*27292-0336**SN*1010
N1*SF*1 ENCOMPASS SOLUTIONS
N3*1175 REVOLUTION MILL DRIVE L31
N4*GREENSBORO*NC*27405
HL*2*1*O
PRF*99999817***20111205
HL*3*2*I
LIN*1*VP*87787D*UP*999999310145
SN1*1*24*EA
PO4*1*24*EA
PID*F****BLUE WIDGET
HL*4*2*I
LIN*2*VP*99887D*UP*999999311746
SN1*2*6*EA
PO4*1*6*EA
PID*F****RED WIDGET
CTT*4*30
SE*31*0008
GE*1*49
IEA*1*000000049

EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification Key Data

When it comes to an EDI 856 Advanced Shipment Notification, depending on the agreement between trading partners, there is typically a set of standard data that is included, such as:

  • Purchase order number
  • Shipment notice number
  • Shipment destination
  • Shipment source
  • Shipping date
  • Delivery date
  • Unique product and service identifiers, including UPC/EAN/GTIN and their respective quantities

Additional data may be required according to trading partner specifications. These data can include:

  • Carrier and service levels
  • tracking numbers
  • terms of freight
  • Vendor part numbers
  • Buyer Item number
  • Item description

EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification Benefits

EDI 856 offers plenty of benefits to both the purchaser and the supplier. When implementing the use of ASN, benefits can include:

  • Increased visibility into shipment progress and contents
  • Increased shipment accuracy
  • Increased fulfillment rates
  • Easy cross-referencing between PO and shipment
  • Reduced need for safety stock

For more information on Encompass Solutions’ EDI offerings, read more about our Rapid EDI Implementation.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.

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