Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN (Complex Buy/Sell Relationships)
Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN Guidelines are expected to be revised and updated from time to time as new standards are developed both within and outside of the book industry. This is done in order to keep up with emerging technologies. Users of Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN guidelines are encouraged to provide feedback so that future updates can benefit from user experience. Compliance with Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN standards is voluntary and subject to agreement between participating trading partners.
The Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN must take into account the buyer seller relationship in every circumstance. In every case the seller must now where the product is, that is to say, as the product moves through the supply chain and the buyer calls with the question “where’s my stuff” the seller has the answer.
Since the seller must know where the product is at all times, the Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN process must include the middle tier supplier in cases where the middle tier supplier does not receive the property, rather the property is direct shipped as would be the case in a DFS, Direct factory or Direct Bindery shipment. The middle tier supplier, in the case of the book industry may also be known as the publisher. Since publishing exhibits multiple layers of buying and selling transactions the information must flow to the seller AND to the retailer in the case of a direct shipment. In any complex buy/sell relationship the key to successful implementation lies in the reliability of the Advance Ship notice reaching the buyer ahead of the shipment These complex buy /sell relationships are normally encountered in cases where a printer, binder, or manufacturer would ships directly to a retailer on the retailers instruction to the publisher, known also as direct factory shipments (DFS) or binder shipments; the Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN documents must follow the same path as the shipment; this can be accomplished in a number of ways.
The Book Industry Study Group EDI ASN can be sent directly to the retail buyer in the case of a direct shipment, however it also must also be sent to the seller (publisher) by way of an EDI carbon copy process, where the buyer received the advance ship notice copy while the advance ship notice is also sent to the retail buyer in anticipation of receiving the shipment.
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