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Essendant EDI Compliance

Essendant was founded in 1922 and operates as one of the biggest wholesale distribution companies in the United States. As of 2013, the company was ranked 484th on the Fortune 500 list. Essendant had about 70 sophisticated warehouses that are able to deliver any of 100,000 items to nearly every state in the U.S. within one day. 

The company offers products such as office supplies, electronics, furniture, business products, industrial, and janitorial  supplies.

EDI documents are communicated using the encrypted protocol VAN (Value Added Network). The following EDI document types and labels are necessary by Essendant and have been completely tested by CovalentWorks for precise compliance with Essendant’s EDI qualifications.

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Essendant EDI Requirements

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) contains detailed information about the products that are being sent to Essendant and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight, SCAC code, Bill of Lading number, date, name, carrier name and associated invoice will be included in addition to data that comes from the purchase order.

Essendant uses the SOPI and SOTPI format for ASN’s. 

An SOPI (Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item) ASN is also known as “Pick and Pack” because more than one type of item can be picked from the supplier’s shelves and packed into the same carton. 

The SOTPI packing structure is like the SOPI packing structure, except that the cartons are in turn loaded onto one or more pallets/slips which is the T (Tare) level of the ASN.

 

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Web-based portal
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GS1-128 bar code labels Optional
Web-based software
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Phone and email support
Training
Online help
Transaction mapping
Trading partner testing
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