x12 852 Product Activity Data
The x12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Product Activity Data Transaction Set (852) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used to advise a trading partner of inventory, sales, and other product activity information. Product activity data enables a trading partner to plan and ship, or propose inventory replenishment quantities, for distribution centers, warehouses or retail outlets. The receiver of the transaction set will maintain some type of inventory/product movement records for its trading partners to enable replenishment calculations based on data provided by the distributor, warehouse or retailer.
The EDI 852 transaction set is the standard data format for providing trading partners with product SKU activity data, such as inventory levels, sales rates and other product movement-related information. An 852 may include any or all of the following information:
⇰ Item description and UPC
⇰ Quantity on hand
⇰ Quantity on order
⇰ Quantity sold
⇰ Sales forecast
⇰ Sales history and/or comparison to prior periods
Activity may be provided at a distribution center level or individual location or store level. Information may be provided in terms of dollars, units or both.
Many retailers actually require their suppliers to manage product activity and other point-of-sale (POS) data. The goal of this information sharing is to ensure inventory levels are properly maintained, and shipments are timely, as well as to drive lower inventory costs and a higher ROI.
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