856 Advance Shipping Notice / Manifest
An EDI 856 transaction is commonly referred to as an Advance Shipping Notice (ASN) or Manifest. The EDI 856 ASN is essentially an electronic version of a printed packing slip that communicates to a buyer (trading partner) how the supplier (you) have packed your items for shipment. It also shows the destination of the shipment with the delivery schedule so the buyer knows when to expect the shipment.
Customers that require ASN’s almost always also require GS1-128 barcode labels (formerly UCC-128). The barcode label works in conjunction with the ASN and contains the supplier's vendor number, ASN number, and carton number.
How EDI 856 ASNs & Barcode Labels Work Together
- The barcode label is placed on each carton/package to be shipped.
- When the carton arrives to its destination, the label is scanned by personnel on the receiving dock.
- The scanner enables the customer to quickly retrieve the ASN to understand exactly what’s in the shipment without opening the package.
- From there, the shipment can be routed efficiently and added to the customer’s inventory without having the manually key information in.