Belk EDI Compliance

Belk has around 300 department stores across the U.S. and is considered to be a medium to high-scale store. The company was started in 1888 and ownership has been passed down from generation to generation. Annual revenue is about $4,000,000,000. Belk is now the nation’s largest family owned department store.

Belk offers all sorts of clothing and a wide variety of accessories at reasonable prices. The stores have clothes for men, women, and children as well as jewelry, shoes, fragrance, and bed and bath products.

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

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Belk EDI Requirements


The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) will contain comprehensive information about the packing of the products that are being sent to Belk and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight, SCAC code, Bill of Lading, shipped date, ship to ID, mark for store ID, and unit shipped will be included in addition to information directly from the purchase order.

Belk 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 packed into the same carton. Belk dictates using uses a special variation of SOPI ASN when bill of ladings for individual shipments are grouped under a MASTER bill of lading.

Belk, Inc. uses a cross docking system that speeds up the delivery process to stores, minimizes handling and reduces storage time. Most suppliers send their product to Belk distribution centers and do not send product directly to stores. 

Belk suppliers use two labels types when purchase orders are filled:

Label without product group description

Label with product group description

Here is a sample:




Belk Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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