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JCPenney EDI Compliance

JCPenney was founded over a hundred years ago in 1902 and has become one of the most popular department stores in the United States. The company has a total of 1,060 department stores in 49 states and has close to 120,000 employees as of 2014.

JCPenney sells a wide range of products that include items such as clothing, cosmetics, electronics, footwear, furniture, housewares and jewelry.

EDI documents are transmitted over a VAN (Value Added Network). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are required by JCPenney and which have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with their EDI requirements.

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JCPenney EDI Requirements

Suppliers use a few different label types when a purchase order is fulfilled. They include:

  • W-Dock Direct
  • Z-Content

The ASN (Advance Shipping notice) will have extensive information about the items that are being shipped and how they are being transported. For example, the numeric weight, SCAC code, carrier name, email address, shipped date, shipped time, ship to ID, and bill to ID will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

JCPenney uses a type of 856 Advance Ship Notice which is an SOPI format. 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.

JCPenney employs a cross docking system to reduce material handling costs. Cross docking is a material handling scheme in which items from a supplier are shipped to a store through a supply center. Trucks from the suppliers pull up on one side of the supply center and trucks going out to the stores dock on the other side of the supplier center. Product is not usually stored at the supply center to help reduce costs.

For supplier pickups, JCPenney uses a Transportation Management System (TMS) which combines different orders with the same ship date and destination into a larger, lower-cost, and more direct route. Pickups are scheduled through either EDI transactions or through the JCPenney website.

Here are a few label samples:

JCPenney Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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