Why Do You Need an EDI Solution With Kroger?
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Looking for an EDI Solution with Kroger?
Understand the basics of EDI
What is Kroger EDI?
Kroger is an American retail chain with approximately 2700 grocery stores across all 50 U.S. states and operates supermarkets and multi-departmental stores. In order to bring a variety of products onto the shelves and makes them accessible for everyone, Kroger offers an EDI (electronic data interchange) process for all its vendors, suppliers, and distributors. Kroger like any other retail company mandates their suppliers to trade via EDI with them to make it easy and consistent to process and keep track of the products being supplied from all over the world and of course pay in time to all of them. As a Kroger supplier, you need to understand what EDI is and how EDI works. Also, the type of communication you would need to exchange documents back and forth with Kroger. Kroger’s preferred communication is through VANs but if you want to request AS2, then you should fill out a form.
How to become EDI compliant with Kroger?
You will become EDI compliant by using a third party EDI solution (on-premise, managed EDI or cloud EDI) or have an in-house EDI solution in place to start trading EDI documents with Kroger by following their standards and requirements. Depending on your internal technical infrastructure and resources and the size of your business, you can choose basic EDI software packages or advanced kits that allow you to become EDI compliant with Kroger. If you are a small business, do not forget to checkout EDI software for small business.
As a step by step procedure, under Getting Started you will find Kroger’s EDI Standard Agreement and the Terms and Conditions of an EDI Order. Once you have chosen an EDI Provider or are ready to begin trading with Kroger, submit an EDI New Partner Set-up Form. Your EDI service provider should help you with end-to-end EDI implementation starting from obtaining trading partner contact to testing to going live. If you are a vendor, you have to be Kroger-approved. You will have to go through a series of EDI testing first before you start sending and receiving EDI documents back and forth. This is to ensure all the connections are working correctly.