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Understanding Indirect EDI at DCL

Steps for connecting EDI orders without a direct connecting between DCL and a Trading Partner.

Written by Maureen
Updated over a week ago

Indirect EDI Orders is a term created by DCL. These are EDI orders without a direct connection between DCL and the Trading Partner.

This means DCL doesn’t exchange the EDI documents directly with the Trading Partner but follows all requirements and provides details so that the DCL customer or their 3rd party provider can send all EDI requirements and coordinate directly with the designated Trading Partner.

When to use Indirect EDI with DCL

  1. When there is already an established 3rd party EDI provider in place you wish to keep.

  2. When the customer is established as the EDI provider directly with the Trading Partner but the orders are shipping from DCL.

What are the requirements to use Indirect EDI?

  1. Access to connect with DCL through our Webservices API, or Access to OrderPoints within eFactory.

  2. Ability to map to and utilize custom fields within our Webservices API or OrderPoints.

  3. Ability to process all EDI documents—for example, 850, 856, 860, 864, 810, and others, outside of DCL’s EDI.

How do I get started?

  1. Work with your Account Manager to identify the Trading Partner and timeline for indirect EDI integration.

  2. Confirm the third-party provider that DCL will work with.

  3. Provide DCL will all Trading Partner EDI specifications.

What is the Indirect EDI process?

Once you’ve identified the EDI partner, these are the steps you’ll need to take to fully integrate and start shipping through Indirect EDI.

  1. Identify Trading Partner, confirm if it is DropShip, Shipments to Distribution Center or Stores.

  2. DCL will review all requirements for the Trading Partner and provide detailed instructions for inbound order specifications.

  3. DCL will create a routing guide summary based upon the retailers routing guide.

  4. DCL will request test order(s) to get approval (from customer or third-party EDI provider) on ASN label, packing slip, and SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) carton detail.

  5. Customer will obtain shipping detail from DCL system(s) and generate any necessary EDI documents required by the Trading Partner.

  6. As DCL is not the direct EDI provider we assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the outbound EDI documents between our customer and the Trading Partner.

If you are curious which retailers DCL connects with please contact your account manager—we add new Trading Partners all the time.

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