Lowe's EDI Compliance
Lowe’s was founded in 1946 as a retail home improvement and appliance store and has propelled themselves to number 50 on the Fortune 500 list. The company has around 1,840 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Australia with over 260,000 employees. Lowe’s is the 2nd largest hardware store chain in the U.S. only behind Home Depot. In addition, Lowe’s is listed as 2nd biggest in the world, behind Home Depot but ahead of the European B&Q and OBI stores.
EDI documents are transmitted over an AS/2 (Applicability Statement 2). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are mandated by Lowe’s and which have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with their EDI requirements.
Lowe's EDI Requirements
Lowe’s requires several kinds of labels when suppliers ship orders. Some of these labels types are:
- Consignment Pack
- Consignment Pallet
- ITF 14 Label
The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) will contain comprehensive information about the packing of the products that are being sent to Lowe’s and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight, SCAC code, date, and scheduled shipping date will be included in addition to data that comes from the purchase order.
Lowe’s uses the SOI and SOTI formats for ASN’s.
SOI stands for Shipment, Order, and Item. SOI is also known as “summary ASN” and does not have as much carton detail information as some other ASN structures. The SOTI packing structure stands for Shipment, Order, Tare (pallet) and Item.
Lowe’s employs a cross docking system that accelerates distribution through regional centers. Products from a supplier are shipped to a store through a regional center. Trucks from the suppliers pull up on one side of the center and trucks going out to the stores dock on the other side. Cross docking helps reduce handling and storage time in the supply chain and enables Lowe’s to buy larger lots of product in order to obtain volume discounts.
Below is a sample of a few of their labels: