EDI and Target: 5 Reasons to Choose Our Fully-Integrated EDI Solution

By Molly Goad 

Let’s talk about EDI requirements for a retail giant we all know and love: Target.

As a supplier, you know that getting your products into Target is like hitting the center of the bullseye.

But you must be EDI-compliant.

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Like all major retailers, Target has a list of various standards that all suppliers must follow

Some of these requirements include use of EFT with its accounts payable team, certificate of insurance, rules for drop shipping, a vendor code of conduct, and following EDI (electronic data interchange) protocols. 

There’s a lot to take in when onboarding for Target, but the EDI part doesn’t have to be a hassle. BOLD VAN is a Target-approved EDI vendor, so let’s take a look at how we can work for you.

1) EDI Documents for Target

Allow BOLD VAN to make sure you comply with the common EDI documents Target requires:

  • 810 – Invoice
  • 846 – Inventory Inquiry/Advice/Content
  • 850 – Purchase Order
  • 855 – Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 856 – Shipment Notice/Manifest
  • 860 – Purchase Order Change Request – Buyer Initiated
  • 864 – Text Message

This list may change, so please verify Target’s EDI requirements or contact BOLD VAN and we’ll help you!

2) EDI Shipping Module 

We offer an EDI-compliant shipping module called DES that follows all of Target’s requirements. DES stands for distribution enablement system — a low-cost, versatile application that makes shipping a breeze. 

DES allows you to manage the entire pick-and-ship process from one place for many types of shipments. DES integrates with 3PLs to arrange shipping dates, carriers, shipping methods, and more. Rest assured knowing you’re following all of Target’s EDI requirements. (DES is compatible with other major retailers, as well.)

DES takes charge of: EDI requirements, creating GS1/UCC labels, automating the entire shipping process (including ship notices), dock planning for both deliveries and shipments, and finding inefficiencies in your warehouse. That’s correct, DES will find any broken links in the chain, because it provides a closer look at receiving efficiency, picking accuracy, inventory turnaround, and more. (I drilled down on this point in Spotting and Correcting Warehouse Inefficiencies.)

For more information about the benefits of DES, head over to BOLD VAN’s Distribution Enablement System is a Game-Changer, and Let DES Handle All Your Shipping Needs.

3) Web-Based EDI = Portable + Affordable

Portable. Take your EDI service wherever you’re going and manage it all from any device. Web­-based EDI allows exceptional portability without sacrificing reliability. Operating from the cloud means you benefit from the latest EDI security software and remain EDI compliant. Plus you won’t be tied to an in-house EDI system. No additional hardware or software is needed when you migrate to BOLD VAN.

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Affordable. Managing your EDI data from our EDI cloud grants you the advantages of EDI without the cost of EDI infrastructure. No additional hardware and software. No EDI IT staff required. Our web­-based EDI solution coupled with Trading Partner Pricing makes BOLD VAN the most cost­-effective EDI solution on the market. Enjoy unlimited data on the go.

4) Dedicated Support

You will have a dedicated EDI support specialist to answer any questions and provide all the guidance you’ll need.

Like everything in life, there is the potential for issues to creep in. But we’ve got this. Our more than 25 years of EDI experience means we are equipped to efficiently troubleshoot and resolve any hiccups. We’ve got your back.

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5) Migration is Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

We make it simple to get this party started. Setup is free and we handle the entire process. But at the same time, you are kept in the loop and have the ability to monitor and manage the migration. We are here for YOU! 

Let’s Go!

EDI doesn’t have to be daunting; let us show you the ropes. We can help determine which of our EDI services is best for your situation. Contact us to learn more: call 844-265-3777 or email info@boldvan.com.

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