Office Depot EDI Solutions

Office Depot was founded in 1986 as a supply retailing business and serves its customers throughout the U.S. at over 1,900 locations. The business has annual sales of around $11 billion and has over 65,000 employees.  The company merged with OfficeMax in 2013.

Office Depot specializes in the selling of a variety of office supplies and operates with several popular brands such as OfficeMax, Viking Direct, Foray, Realspace and others.

EDI documents are communicated using the encrypted protocol AS/2 (Applicability Statement 2). The following EDI document types and labels are required by Office Depot and have been completely tested by CovalentWorks for precise compliance with Office Depot’s EDI qualifications. 

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Office Depot EDI Requirements

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

  • Direct to store
  • Small parcel shipment direct to store or distribution center
  • Pallet label with optional carton quantity per pallet
  • Palllet label

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 weight in pounds, SCAC code, carrier PRO number, Bill of Lading number, and shipped date will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

Office Depot uses the SOTI format for ASN’s. SOTI stands for Shipment, Order, Tare (pallet) and Item. 

Here are two bar shipping label samples:

Office Depot Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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EDI Solution Comparison

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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 ✓***
Training ×
Internet access from anywhere
Unlimited number of users
Month to month agreement
Free U.S. based support

*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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