Ace Hardware EDI Compliance

Ace Hardware has over 4,500 stores in the United States and has been in business for over 90 years. Sales average $13 billion each year and they have around 86,000 employees.

Each Ace Hardware store is different and unique in their own way based on the needs of the area around them. However, all stores have a similar core product line that most customers want and that promotes supply chain efficiency. Products include outdoor living equipment, paint, tools, plumbing, electrical, auto, and more.  Friendly and knowledgeable customer service without a wait is emphasized.

EDI documents are communicated over a VAN (Value Added Network). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are required by Ace Hardware and which have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with their EDI requirements.

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Ace Hardware EDI Requirements

The ASN (Advance Ship Notice) will have information about the items that are being shipped and how they are being transported by a carrier. For example, the SCAC code, Carrier name, Valid PRO #, BOL and shipping date will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

Ace Hardware uses the SOI format for ASN’s. SOI stands for Shipment, Order, and Item within a carton. SOI is also known as “summary ASN” and does not have as much carton detail information as some other ASN structures. Ace Hardware uses two types of SOI ASN’s. One type of ASN is used when a UPC/EAN shipping container code is sent in a Purchase Order and the other type of ASN is used when just the UPC number is sent in the Purchase Order.

Ace Hardware employs a cross docking system that accelerates the distribution procedure. Cross docking is a logistics scheme in which items from a supplier are shipped to a store through a supply center. Trucks from suppliers dock on one of the supply center and trucks going out to stores dock on the other side. Product is not usually stored at the supply center. Cross docking helps reduce handling and storage time.

Ace Hardware has a Transportation Management System (TMS) that combines separate orders with identical shipping dates and destinations into a larger, lower-cost, and nonstop route order. Supplier pickups are arranged through either EDI transactions or through the Ace Hardware website.

For Review:

  • Shipping requirements:
    • none
  • ASN types:
    • SOI_29 Use when UPC/EAN shipping container code was sent in PO
    • SOI_30 Use when UPC was sent in PO

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