The BullWhip Effect

The bullwhip effect is a serious problem for vendors. The article below will provide a comprehensive introduction to the problem and impact. After you finish reading the article do this exercise: calculate the total number of stores stocking your products [# of retailers * average total stores], then multiply by 2%, which is an average… Read more »

Making Sense of Retail Link Data

Retail Link is an internet based tool created by Wal-Mart, which allows suppliers to access point of sale data and other important information. The benefits of analyzing sales data cannot be overstated – there are case studies documenting sales increase by more than 40% per SKU. Yes! That’s the power of utilizing your POS analytics.… Read more »

Lowe’s EDI 852 Standards

Lowe’s provides vendors with the opportunity to receive product activity data via EDI 852. The EDI 852 data is used to report actual unit sales, on-hand, on-order and order receipts. Vendors are expected to use the data to identify items deserving increased service levels and fill rates as well as those targeted for inventory reduction.… Read more »

ShopKo EDI 852 Reporting

If you are a vendor supplying to ShopKo, you are eligible to receive product sales activity and inventory data via EDI 852. Preparing to setup and receive the EDI 852 files can be confusing, and creating usable reports for your team can be very time consuming. Fortunately, Accelerated Analytics® provides a simple, outsourced service for… Read more »

Sears EDI 852 Reporting

If you are a vendor supplying to Sears, you are eligible to receive product sales activity and inventory data via EDI 852. Preparing to setup and receive the EDI 852 files can be confusing, and creating usable reports for your team can be very time consuming. Fortunately, Accelerated Analytics® provides a simple, outsourced service for… Read more »

Lowe’s EDI 852 Reporting

If you are a vendor supplying to Lowe’s, you are eligible to receive product sales activity and inventory data via EDI 852. Preparing to setup and receive the EDI 852 files can be confusing, and creating usable reports for your team can be very time consuming. Fortunately, Accelerated Analytics® provides a simple, outsourced service for… Read more »

What’s wrong with trading partner portals

Retail trading partner portals have been creating somewhat of a buzz lately. We happened to read an article in the current issue of the Journal of Trading Partner Practices titled, “Using Portals to Improve Collaboration.” Not surprisingly, we have been receiving a lot of questions from vendors regarding the challenges they face in managing trading… Read more »

Extending the value of EDI 852 data with non-POS data

After you have the basics of EDI 852 data analysis covered,  it’s time to think about adding in non-point of sale source data to extend the value of data analysis.  By linking secondary data, you can create a 360 degree view of what’s happening in the business.  Non-point of sale data that can be linked… Read more »

EDI 852 Improves Sales and Inventory Handling

Models for supply chain excellence, including vendor managed inventory (VMI); collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR); efficient consumer response (ECR); and demand-driven supply networks (DDSN), are proving difficult for most retailers to implement.  A fundamental challenge inherent in these models is sharing point-of-sale demand data with suppliers. Although EDI 852 is a common solution, retailers… Read more »

Home Depot EDI 852 Reporting

If you are a Home Depot vendor, you are eligible to receive product sales activity and inventory data via EDI 852 from Home Depot.  The Home Depot EDI 852 document will contain SKU/UPC level units sold, units on hand and dollars sold for every store where your products are sold.  The files are sent one… Read more »