Quill EDI Compliance

Quill Corporation was established in 1956 and is owned by Staples, Inc. The company’s headquarters are located in Lincolnshire, Illinois and approximately 70% of Quill’s profits are made from online transactions.

From 2000 to 2009, Quill’s revenue went up from $500 million to $1.3 billion and it is currently the fastest growing business owned by Staples. Quill’s main focus is on the selling of a variety of office supplies.

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

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Quill EDI Requirements

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 gross weight, Bill of Lading number, SCAC code and shipping date will be included as well as information from the purchase order.

Quill 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 multiple item types can be packed into the same carton.

Quill 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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