Understanding EDI 852 Data

What is EDI 852 Data?

EDI 852 data files are typically provided on a weekly basis. These files are usually referred to as “product activity data.” The challenge is that each retailer uses a slightly different format, data descriptions, and code identifiers.

EDI 852 files routinely contain the following information:
For each item

  • Item description
  • Item UPC

Data can be summarized by:

  • Store
  • Distribution center

Key product activity measures:

  • Quantity sold ($)
  • Quantity sold (units)
  • Quantity on hand ($)
  • Quantity on hand (units)
  • Quantity on order ($)
  • Quantity on order (units)
  • Quantity received ($)
  • Quantity received (units)

Key forecast measures:

  • Quantity ($)
  • Quantity (units)

Key metrics which can be calculated to evaluate performance against goal:

  • Days supply
  • Weeks supply
  • Sell-thru percentage (%)
  • Sales to forecast variance
  • Month to date (MTD)sales
  • Quarter to date (QTD) sales
  • Year to date (YTD) sales
  • This month vs. last month
  • This quarter vs. last quarter
  • This year vs. last year

Working efficiently with EDI 852 data requires a good analysis tool like Accelerated Analytics®. Otherwise, the merchandise planner is left to sort through line after line of data to find problems and opportunities. By using Accelerated Analytics®, the routine tasks of formatting and consolidating data are eliminated, and exception logic can be used to save time.

The Accelerated Analytics® team understands how to work with EDI 852 data. We eliminate all the headaches and give you the preformatted reports you need to run your business.

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