EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is a means of communication between businesses that uses a computer to exchange documents in a standard format. EDI has been around for decades and is the backbone behind most business-to-business (B2B) transactions.
In order for DSD (DTS - Direct to Store) or Direct to Warehouse, distributors to get their products into Walmart stores via EDI, they need to be EDI compliant. EDI compliance means that the distributor is using an EDI solution that can create, send, and receive EDI documents in the format that Walmart requires.
If you are a direct store delivery distributor and want to start interfacing with Walmart, there is some good news - and some bad news. The good news is that Walmart has created a streamlined EDI process for distributors. The bad news is that not every distributor will require the same EDI transactions, so you only need to build what you need. In this blog post, we will give you an overview of the Walmart EDI process for most DSD Distributors, and help you determine which EDI transactions you need to build.
Option 1 - Traditional
Also, in some cases, Walmart will send a Text Message - for Invoice Errors (864). This document will be transmitted via EDI along with your invoice acknowledgments for any invoice that fails to meet Walmart's data requirements.
To become EDI compliant with Walmart, DSD distributors need to use an EDI provider, such as IntegraSys, that can create, send, and receive EDI documents in the format that Walmart requires. Since IntegraSys primarily works with DSD companies, our EDI solution is built to handle the EDI transactions that are most commonly used by DSD distributors.
The best part is that you do not need to be an EDI expert! We will take care of the EDI setup and configuration for you and work directly with Walmart to setup the needed EDI documents. Just send us the EDI Transactions Walmart is requiring (purchase orders, invoices, payment information, etc.), and we will take care of the rest!
If you are ready to get started with EDI or if you're not sure which EDI documents you need or have any questions about Walmart EDI for DSD distributors, please contact us at (888) 550-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org