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Why Do You Need an EDI Solution With Lowe’s?

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What is Lowe’s EDI?

Lowe’s is an American home improvement retail chain with over 1700 stores across North America. In order to bring a variety of products on to the shelves and makes them accessible for everyone, Lowe’s offers an EDI (electronic data interchange) exchange process for all its vendors, suppliers and distributors. Lowe’s 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 Lowe’s 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 Lowe’s. Lowe’s preferred communication is through VAN.

How to become EDI compliant with Lowe’s?

You will become EDI compliant by using a third party EDI solution (on-premise, managed EDI or cloud EDI) or by having an in-house EDI solution in place to start trading EDI documents with Lowe’s by following their 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 Lowe’s. If you are a small business, do not forget to checkout EDI software for small business.

If you are using a third party managed EDI service, your EDI service provider should help you with end-to-end EDI implementation starting from obtaining trading partner contact to testing to going live. You will have to go through series of EDI testing with Lowe’s first before you start sending and receiving EDI documents back and forth. The testing timeframe is dependent upon each vendor’s system and response. This is to ensure all the connections are working correctly. You are then asked to go live on a decided production go –live date. If you don’t want to go through the traditional EDI route, Lowe’s also offers LowesLink Webforms which is a free option provided by them for vendors and suppliers like you to transact with them through your internet web browser. You need to keep in mind that this platform is not an interim solution and should be used for at least six months to trade with Lowe’s before transitioning to traditional EDI.