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What is an ANSI X12 EDI 846 Message?

An ANSI X12 EDI 846 (Inventory Inquiry/Advice) message is used to send inventory information between customers and suppliers, and replaces the historical paper based version of this document. This is used by customers to inform their suppliers of their held inventory and stock levels. They are used to describe the current availability of stock or goods and can be used to inform about initial stock, final stock, and the movement of goods between warehouses for a specific period.


Usage of the ANSI X12 EDI 846 Message

A supplier of goods would use the ANSI X12 846 Inventory Inquiry to update their customers with their current stock levels and future stock levels. This allows these customers to plan their future orders, and the supplier can start selling its goods before they have been produced or have arrived to site. These messages are also used to inform customer that items are out of stock, and inform them of future products which are being added to their stock.

A customer of a supplier would use the ANSI X12 846 Inventory Inquiry to let the supplier know how much stock they currently have of a previously ordered item, and such a 846 message could be used to trigger an instant shipment of materials, if an automatic replenishment agreement has been made between them.

The EDI 846 message is a mandatory message type within some industries, such as VMI (Vendor-managed Inventory) and Retail Drop Shipping. Although this may not be deemed an essential message in other industries, it is still widely used throughout.

ANSI X12 EDI 846 Message Benefits

The transmission of inventory details provides several benefits

Automated and consistent supply chain update between customers and their suppliers
Far fewer mistakes due to less human interaction
Automatic replenishment of goods
Future stock discrepancies can be avoided and planned for
Closer supply chain integration leads to better supplier ratings

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