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Amazon was founded in 1994 and since has become the largest internet based retailer in the United States. Its main focus at first was to be an online bookstore but has since expanded into selling DVD’s, CD’s, video games, apparel, furniture, and many other types of consumer products. Because of Amazon's success and global reach, it is a popular retailer where vendors want their products.

Amazon is extremely environmentally friendly and they do everything in their power to reduce their carbon footprint. Amazon’s corporate headquarters was awarded the LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and construction methods. LEED, which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," recognizes the industry's most environmentally conscious projects.

EDI documents are communicated through a transmission method called AS/2 (Applicability Statement 2). The following EDI document types and labels have been fully tested by CovalentWorks for exact compliance with Amazon’s EDI specifications. Support for Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, and Amazon EU SARL is included.

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Amazon EDI Requirements

Amazon stipulates several different kinds of labels when a purchase order is fulfilled. Examples of label types include:

  • Shipping 1 SKU per carton
  • Shipping 1 SKU per carton in own container
  • No Pro number, Bill of Lading number

Mixed carton

  • One UPC with expiration and Lot Number
  • 1 SKU per pallet
  • 1 SKU per pallet with item description added

Mixed SKU’s per pallet

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) transaction is mandatory. The ASN will have detailed information about the items that are being shipped and how they are being transported. For example, the Gross Weight, SCAC code, Date, and Carrier Tracking number for small par will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

Amazon uses the SOPI format for ASN’s. SOPI stands for Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item. SOPI is also known as “Pick and Pack” because more than one type of item can be included in the same carton. Amazon uses several variations of SOPI ASN’s. Here are some examples:

  • Small parcel with shipment weight calculated per carton
  • Small parcel shipment of perishable products
  • Truckload and LTL shipments for perishable products for Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, and Amazon EU 
  • Truckload and LTL shipments for non-perishable products

Here are few label samples:

Amazon Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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