Maximizing use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is our key priority. Cooperative efforts have resulted in increased accuracy, improved timeliness, and reduced operating expenses. We are expanding this initiative to all our Vendors.
EDI Non-Compliance Program (DC Purchase Orders) Vendors who accept product orders that require shipment to any Kroger distribution center ("DC") are required to have the ability to receive the issued purchase order via EDI as well as to return the associated invoice via EDI.
Vendors not meeting this requirement will be given ninety (90) days to comply. Should Vendor not conduct the transactions via EDI within the ninety (90) days required an additional fee of 1% of total invoice amount or $250, whichever is greater, will be deducted by Kroger from payment to help offset the cost of manual processing.
Vendors and brokers may be receiving purchase orders, or sending invoices via EDI, or this process may be manual. Our hope is that all our Vendors have a functioning solution already in place to support this initiative. If this is not the case, you will find an indicative list of a few affordable solutions here on our website, under VAN's and Providers. This resource will help you evaluate different methods and providers proven to be reliable in working with us. We do not require you to use any specific EDI solution or software. Please submit the Kroger New EDI Partner form on our web pages to begin migration.
EDI 997 - A functional acknowledgment (FA) is required for EDI data interchange. An acknowledgement is the transmission of a Functional Acknowledgment Transaction Set (997) to the original sender to indicate the status of the transmission with respect to standards adherence. This functional acknowledgment does not imply acceptance of the contents of the associated transaction sets.
Our goal is to improve our business relationship and continue to remove unnecessary costs from the supply chain. We appreciate your prompt attention to this initiative.