McLane EDI Solutions

McLane Company was founded in 1894 in Cameron, Texas and operates as a supply chain service company. The company has developed into an international business that provides grocery and food products to convenience stores, drug stores, military companies, and many chain restaurants located within the U.S.

In 2015, McLane had revenue of $47 billion and has close to 40 distribution warehouses in the country, with one warehouse located in Brazil. McLane also has close to 20,000 employees.

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

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McLane EDI Requirements

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) contains detailed information about the products that are being sent to McLane and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight, routing number, number of days shipment will be in transit, Bill of Lading, date, seller’s invoice number and size will be included in addition to data that comes from the purchase order.

McLane uses the SOI format 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.

McLane uses a cross docking system for supplier deliveries to distribution centers. Appointments for deliveries must be made 72 hours in advance. The carrier is responsible for unloading, sorting, and segregating at the dock. 

McLane Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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Turnkey solution ✓* ×
Web-based software included ×
Web-based portal × ×
Interfaces to other systems Optional ×
IT support included × ×
Transaction mapping ✓** ✓** ×
GS1-128 bar code labels ×
Trading partner testing ×
EDI VAN, AS/2, FTP ✓***
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*IT support required during testing for B2BWorks.

**MyB2B and B2BWorks include mapping for all transaction types for any partner in the world.

***EDI VAN service is included at no charge with both MyB2B and B2BWorks.

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