Understanding ASNs

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Mar 17, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Written by: Cory Raphaelson, Vendor Compliance Specialist at PBD Worldwide

What is an ASN?

ASN stands for Advanced Shipping Notice and is used to tell your customer, usually a retail or wholesale customer, that a shipment is on the way. This notification can be as simple as a phone call, email or fax or as complex as an EDI 856 transaction.

Every reseller has different requirements and different ways of sending the shipping information. The most common information required is the number of pallets or cartons, weight of the shipment, purchase order number, carrier, tracking number or Pro number and estimated delivery date. Some resellers require more detailed information such as the contents of each carton and the volume of the shipment. 

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Fulfillment Center, Retailer Compliance, Advanced Shipping Notice, ASN, Wholesaler Compliance

Retailer Compliance: Tips for Success

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Jul 26, 2013 5:41:00 PM

In today’s fast paced world, retailers demand efficiency, simplicity and accuracy at controlled costs.  The requirements to do business revolve around your ability to deliver your product to market at the lowest possible cost.  When considering establishing a relationship with a major retailer, such as Target, Walmart and Barnes and Nobles, understand that every retailer has a set of unique requirements designed to manage costs in the supply chain.  These requirements are presented through a routing guide.  Retailers want to know what they are purchasing and when it will arrive because their goal is to receive your product and turn the inventory as quickly as they can to recoup their investment in your inventory.  Packaging, labeling, notification, routing, scheduling, EDI, web portals … what do you do?  So many passwords so little time!

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Product Fulfillment, Product Fulfillment Services, Managing Backorders, Retailer Compliance, order fulfillment

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