LIM process

LIM Processes and Basic Terminology

The LIM is composed of business processes or business process blocks, divided into business transactions, these business transactions have been mapped to electronic messages (GS1 EDI). Relationship between transactions and messages is not by default 1 to 1. Several transactions have been mapped to one message.

The model consists of seven distinct business processes:

  • Interoperation agreement
  • Master data alignment
  • Logistics service conditions
  • Planning
  • Warehousing
  • Transport
  • Financial settlement

LIM Basic terminology

Throughout the model, specific terms are used to depict the types of trading partners and the roles they play. The following generic terms are used to refer to parties:

  • Retailer
  • Manufacturer
  • Material supplier
  • Logistics Service Provider (Warehousing and/or Transport)

These parties can play one or more of the following roles in the business processes: Logistics Service Provider (LSP) and Logistics Service Buyer (LSB). These two roles represent the primary parties involved in the commercial transaction of buying logistics services: Consignor and Consignee. These two roles represent the primary parties in the commercial transaction of trading goods.

A party will have multiple physical locations, such as warehouses, distribution centres and stores. Generic location names are used to further detail the physical locations of the parties in relation to the relevant business process:

  • Inventory Location
  • Ship From Location
  • Ship to Location
  • Pick-up Location
  • Drop-off Location.

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