Party City EDI Vendor Requirements
Party City EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) with company trading partners establishes standardization of information for accurate product flow from Party City trading partners to company customers. It is a standard format for exchanging business data between different companies using AS2 communication for direct connects, networks, such as Value Added Networks or the Internet. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formed the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 to define EDI standards of communication. All Party City EDI transactions are ANSI X12 version 4010.
All trading partners must be capable of exchanging information via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). All Party City Corporate stores and most Franchise stores will use EDI. Franchise stores will continue to receive paper invoices.
There are several EDI software providers who can help provide the tools to transmit data via EDI. Party City does not require a sole source solution but offers alternatives to facilitate cost-effective electronic trade.
All trading partners must communicate any modifications of their EDI or back office systems to Party City’s EDI team, in writing, 60 days before such modifications are implemented. Trading partners must work with Party City’s EDI Team to validate all documents affected by modifications. Failure to communicate any modifications may incur reimbursement charges.
EDI eliminates supply chain inefficiencies by:
- Improving Data Integrity: The automated exchange of information improves data integrity by reducing human error and ensures data is complete, consistent and accurate.
- Reducing Operational Costs: The long-term return on investment, due in part to decreased operational expenditures and misallocated resources, offsets the initial start-up and ongoing costs of EDI.
- Improving Customer and Trading Partner Relations: The electronic transfer of time sensitive documents results in expedient delivery of product to store shelves, improving customer satisfaction and increasing sales.
To learn more about EDI benefits and become a certified EDI Professional please visit our course schedule page.