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EDI Drop Ship

Drop shipping has quickly become a preferred order fulfillment approach for online merchants. The practice enables web-based retailers to pass orders and shipping data directly to manufacturers or wholesalers for fulfillment, which eases inventory, warehousing, packaging and shipping costs. The order can then be sent directly to the end consumer.

Accurate order communication and product location visibility are necessary for reliable drop ship programs. Sellers test customer loyalty when inventory data is incorrect or unavailable, which could result in lost sales opportunities. Other factors that can negatively impact the customer experience are inaccurate transaction detail exchanges, order status updates, return merchandise authorizations and packing slips.

Get the most out of drop shipping with EDI services from CovalentWorks, an EDI supply chain service provider for companies of all sizes. EDI, or electronic data interchange, reduces errors and costs associated with manual data entry while expediting the process of sending and receiving information. It’s a significant benefit to merchants and suppliers using drop shipping because it fosters accurate and timely communication.

Get the most from drop shipping

Optimize your drop shipping capabilities with MyB2B from CovalentWorks. With our My B2B solution, you can easily connect to any trading partner around the world.

MyB2B is an affordable but complete web-based EDI software solution for small businesses, entrepreneurs or newcomers who need fast compliance with their larger-company customers. It includes web-based software, barcode labels, VAN and technical support available from our United States of America-based solutions team. Operated entirely on secure web servers and not requiring EDI software or hardware, an Internet connection is the only thing you need. There are no hidden costs, and monthly fees are as reasonable as a mobile phone bill.

Benefits of MyB2B include translating inbound EDI transactions into easy-to-read documents viewable on any device and improved customer communication. You can generate, edit and send purchase order acknowledgements, prepare advanced shipping notices and create, modify and submit invoices without hassle.

Here are ways you can leverage EDI to maximize drop shipping relationships with CovalentWorks’ MyB2B solution:

  • Utilizing the EDI 846 inventory inquiry or advice transaction set, suppliers can keep trading partners informed of specific item quantity levels without obligating them to make a purchase. This electronic document enables online retailers to accurately show customers the number of in-stock items at point of purchase. Online merchants can also request an EDI 846 inventory inquiry or advice transaction set to obtain up-to-date item stock quantity levels.
  • The EDI 855 purchase order acknowledgement transaction set enables manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers that drop ship on an online merchant’s behalf to confirm whether they can meet the terms of a previously submitted purchase order. This electronic document enables both parties to communicate, and if there’s an issue, for the online retailer to inform the customer quickly.
  • Some orders require long lead times due to myriad factors, which can include custom fabrication and build-to-suit applications. The EDI 870 order status report transaction set enables vendors or suppliers to send a status update for an in-progress order to the retailer. This electronic document generally contains vendor information, order identifying information and an order status code and explanation. Vendors also use this form to keep customers updated on shipment schedule and delivery dates, which they then pass on to the end buyer.
  • For orders with long lead times, large quantities or many line items, immediate fulfillment is not always an option. Manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers can submit the EDI 856 advanced shipping notice and manifest transaction set, which includes tracking numbers and other shipment information. Retailers can use this information to keep online order statuses up to date and send email notifications to their customers.

Online retailers depend on EDI to move merchandise efficiently, which keeps their business model profitable. Communication with the manufacturers and suppliers of products sold online is one facet of EDI. It reduces manual labor and order turnaround time, which enables faster and more accurate order processing. Another benefit to EDI, however, is the ability for online merchants to have a customer-focused approach. Keeping customers informed creates a better user experience, which can generate even more orders.

Improve your drop shipping capabilities with the MyB2B solution from CovalentWorks.

Anytime, Anywhere Service

To access MyB2B, all you need is internet from any PC , Mac, tablet or mobile phone. There’s no software to buy, install, map, upgrade, test or worry about. All of your transactions are online and in the cloud.

Complete & Fast Solution

  • Need implementation fast? We can quickly take care of all of the following for you:
  • VAN service or AS/2 for EDI transmission Mailboxing of EDI transactions
  • Mapping and translation of all EDI transaction types
  • Testing with EDI trading partners
  • Upgrades for new versions as required by trading partners
  • Training of your users

Increase efficiency by Integrating with Other Systems

You add interfaces with:

  • Accounting systems: Quickbooks, Sage, Peachtree and more
  • Shipping Systems: UPS WorldShip, FedEx
  • In-House Systems: Any format you need including XML, CSV and more
  • Your third party logistics provider’s warehouse and shipping systems

Integration with 3PL Warehouse

If you use a 3PL warehouse, MyB2B can streamline the order fulfillment and shipping processes.

Not sure if MyB2B is the EDI solution you need? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re happy to help you find the right EDI solution that works specifically for your business.

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EDI Solution Comparison

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Web-based portal
Interfaces to other systems Optional
Complete turnkey solution: ✓*
GS1-128 bar code labels Optional
Web-based software
Works with 3PL
Phone and email support
Online help
Transaction mapping
Trading partner testing

All EDI Solutions Also Include:

Access from Anywhere

Unlimited number of users

No annual fee, no maintenance fee

No fee per EDI customer per month

Month to month agreement, no long-term contract

*IT support required during testing for B2BWorks.