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Understanding the Basics of EDI

EDI 753

Request for Routing Instructions

Understanding the Basics of EDI

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What is EDI 753?

The EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions enables a supplier to request routing instructions from the buying organization while providing general information about the merchandise that will be shipped. This allows the buying organization to better control their inventory and decrease transportation costs.

Information Conveyed in the EDI 753?

Two to three days before the shipping date requested on the purchase order, the supplier will send the EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions to the buying organization. The EDI 753 document set includes information about the products that will be shipped, including:

  • Shipment weight
  • Quantity of goods
  • Pickup date and time
  • Pickup location
  • Routing control number

How an EDI 753 is Processed?

The EDI 753 can be entered manually, but this process can be time-consuming and tedious. Like all EDI transactions, the EDI 753, is made up of segments and codes that are very difficult to decipher unless you are an expert. For this reason, EDI integration is the preferred method of handling EDI. Through EDI integration the data required for the EDI 753 is pulled from your computer system and sent through an EDI translator to your trading partner. This cuts down on the need for manual entry (which means fewer manpower hours) and virtually eliminates the risk of data entry errors.

Each partner will need an EDI solution to process the EDI documents received into an ERP, shipping or accounting system into a readable format for entry. Trading partners will provide routing guides outlining the specific segments, data elements, values accepted, and business rules to be followed. Once the buying organization receives the EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions, they will reply with an EDI 754 outlining specific routing instructions.

Trading Partners That Require an EDI 753

The EDI 753 is primarily used by trading partners that send Purchase Orders (EDI 850) without finalized routing instructions. Instead, the routing information is sent later, via the Routing Instructions (EDI 754). When the routing instructions are received, a final ASN (EDI 856) is created, eliminating the risk of duplicate data entry. Trading partners that use the EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions include:

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