Integrating EDI with your WMS or 3PL provider
When your customer (for instance, a retailer) generates an 850 Purchase Order you know that information needs to get into your WMS in the form of a 940 Shipping Order.
This isn’t news.
What might, however, be new to you is how easy and economical this can be if it is facilitated through Integral Group integration.
What you – or even some EDI service providers - may be doing now is to treat each new ‘customer 850➜to➜WMS 940’ as a unique set-up. On the surface, that seems to make sense.
Each retailer has their own 850 layout and required information. That gets transmitted to your WMS (in their 940 format) and the combination is unique. Picture a record layout that includes only the information required for a given retailer … and then another record layout for the next … and a third …and so on.
If this is what your EDI provider is doing … then shame on them. The result for you as a customer is nothing more than increased costs for every new set-up. In this model, if you have 10 customers to set-up, you could be paying 10 set-up charges.
This is a solution where the most notable attribute is a high cost to you.
Integral Group has a better solution.
Using Integral Group integration services, you save money by only paying for a single set-up.
With Integral Group integration, there is only one set-up that incorporates all of your customers – present and future. We create what amounts to a huge record layout that houses all of the data fields required by your entire customer base. The information is then extracted as needed to create the custom 940s required by your 3PL.
With Integral Group Flat Rate service plans, you don’t pay for customer sets-ups.
We don’t charge customers over and over again for trading partner setups. We’re already connected to 650+ retailers and manufacturers in North America and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. All customer setups are included in our flat rate plans.
Using Integral Group integration services, there is no burden on your system to maintain extraneous data.
You don’t have to maintain a massive internal database for all data fields that are required by each customer’s unique 850 layout. Integral Group receives all of the purchase orders, stores the all data then outputs exactly what your 3PL requires for their 940.
At Integral Group we pride ourselves on our transparency. We build long-term relationships with our customers and honesty is the only foundation that works. Some things are complex and time consuming and thus expensive to execute. Connecting your customer purchase orders to your WMS is simply not one of those things. With that said, the ease of execution is predicated on Integral Group’s significant infrastructure and wealth of EDI technology experience.
Integral Group’s EDI integration is a simple, straightforward cost-effective solution to converting your customer 850 to your WMS 940. Talk to our Sales Director Lee Mrkonjic to find out how integration can benefit your business.
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