Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
West Coast Distribution is committed to remaining ahead of the curve when it comes to technology in warehouse management. We utilize Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology in order to maximize efficiency, optimize operations, and reduce costs. EDI is a lot more than simply exchanging documents electronically in a safe environment. It allows for format standardization, unprecedented data exchange speed, and complete and comprehensive audits that significantly decrease administrative costs for both, us and our customers. The use of EDI has led to substantial savings at West Coast Distribution and those savings have been transferred directly to our clients.
Our web accessible e-Portal provides clients with real-time information anytime, anywhere. As the e-Portal is fully integrated with our Warehouse Management System, clients can manage their orders, view inventory, create customized reports, pay invoices, and more.
Radio Frequency (RF) and barcoding technology allow West Coast Distribution to capture, transmit, and store important information in real time. For instance, as inventory arrives and is scanned into the WMS system, the information is updated immediately and can be viewed by the client through their E-Portal by simply logging in. RF barcoding also results in less paper consumption and greater levels of accuracy for the company’s clients.
Common EDI Transactions
Below are some of the EDI transactions that are commonly used by the West Coast Distribution team:
- Request for Routing Instructions
- Routing Instructions
- Payment Order/Remittance Advice
- Inventory Inquiry/Advice
- Purchase Order
- Product Activity Data
- Purchase Order Acknowledgment 856 – Ship Notice/Manifest
- Purchase Order Change Request-Buyer Initiated
- Warehouse Shipping Order
- Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice
- Warehouse Stock Transfer Receipt Advice
- Warehouse Shipping Advice
- Delivery Information Message
- Warehouse Inventory Adjustment Advice