Rite Aid EDI Solutions

Rite Aid was originally founded in 1962 as Thrift Discount and eventually changed to Rite Aid in 1968. The company operates as a drugstore chain in the U.S. and was ranked 117th on the Fortune 500 list in 2015. Rite Aid has over 4,500 locations throughout the U.S. and has around 50,000 employees. Rite Aid specializes in the selling of a wide variety of pharmacy products and sundrys.

EDI documents are transmitted over a connection protocol called a VAN (Value Added Network). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are required by Rite Aid and have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with Rite Aid’s EDI qualifications. 

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Rite Aid EDI Requirements

Rite Aid suppliers use several label types when a purchase order is fulfilled.

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) contains detailed information about the products that are being sent to Rite Aid and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight, SCAC code, Bill of Lading number, carrier PRO, and shipping date/time will be included in addition to data that comes from the purchase order.

Rite Aid 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.

Rite Aid had 17 distribution centers that use a cross docking system for delivery efficiency. Trucks from suppliers dock on one side of the distribution center and trucks going out to the stores dock on the other side. Automated conveyer belts move product from one side of the building to the other. Product is not usually stored at the distribution center to minimize handling costs and storage time.

Here is a sample of a label:

Rite Aid Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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