Target EDI Compliance

Target is a popular retail store that has close to 2,000 stores located in the United States and is ranked as the 2nd largest retailer in the U.S. As of 2013, the company is also ranked 36th on the Fortune 500 and has around 360,000 employees.

Target offers a large variety of products such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, electronics, bedding, toys, pet supplies, hardware supplies, groceries, and much more. In addition to Target's nationwide stores, they are an online retailer. Because of its brand and many stores across the country, Target is a popular partner small businesses want to become EDI compliant with to get their product featured in stores and online. As a small business, navigating the complexities of what you need to become EDI compliant with Target can be a large task. CovalentWorks specializes in making EDI as easy as email® for you so you can quickly and easily make your company EDI compliant with Target.

EDI documents are transmitted using a communication method called AS/2 (Applicability Statement 2). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are required by Target and which have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with their EDI requirements.

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Target EDI Requirements

Target uses a few different label types when a purchase order is fulfilled. They include:

  • Lose Carton ASN
  • Cartons-on-Pallet 
  • Cartons-on-Pallet - Apparel/Jewelry
  • Cartons-on-Pallet - 1 SKU/pallet uniformly packed
  • Master Carton Label for SOTPI type ASN
  • Cartons-on-Pallet - Mixed Pallet or Mixed Quantity packed with Vendor Item Number
  • Carton label with Vendor Item Number

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 SCAC code, carrier name and reference number will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

Target uses the SOPI and SOTPI format for ASN’s.

An SOPI (Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item) ASN is also known as “Pick and Pack” because more than one type of item can be picked from the supplier’s shelves and packed into the same carton.

The SOTPI packing structure is like the SOPI packing structure, except that the cartons are in turn loaded onto one or more pallets/slips which is the T (Tare) pallet level of the ASN. A few examples of these types of ASN’s are:

  • Loose Cartons shipment
  • Loose Cartons on Pallets with Master Carton Packing

Target Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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