Fred's Inc. EDI Compliance

Fred’s Inc. has over 680 stores throughout the United States and has an additional 350 pharmacies in 15 states. Fred’s is a regional chain of discount retail stores that was founded in 1947. The company’s main competitors are Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree.

Fred’s offers an assortment of products that include garden supplies, snacks, toys, books, food, houseware items, videos, DVD’s and music.

EDI documents are communicated through a transmission method called a VAN (Value Added Network). The following EDI document types and labels are mandatory requirements by Fred’s and have been fully tested by CovalentWorks for exact compliance with Fred’s EDI specifications.

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Fred's EDI Requirements

Fred’s suppliers use several label types when a purchase order is fulfilled. They include:

SOPI Carton

SOPI Pallet with Label

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) will contain comprehensive information about the packing of the products that are being sent to Fred’s and as well as transportation information. For example, the SCAC code. Carrier name, equipment number, Bill of Lading, PRO number, and shipped date will be included in addition to data that comes directly from the purchase order.

Fred’s uses the SOPI format for ASN’s. A SOPI ( Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item) ASN is also known as “Pick and Pack.”  More than one SKU can be picked by the supplier and packed into the same carton. 

Below is a sample:

Fred's Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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