Fred Meyer Group
Quick Response Replenishment
The Kroger Co uses a computer assisted replenishment purchase order to create and send to the vendors via EDI. The purchase order reflects the item quantities needed at each store location on the order. The supplier packs each store's individual shipment, labels each 'store' carton with the GS1-128 label, and notifies The Kroger Co with an electronic packing slip, called an ASN, which details the products sent by item and by store. ASN information feeds directly into a database and matched against the current purchase order on file in our order management systems.
The Kroger Co keeps packing information in a database until the carrier of the product schedules an appointment for unloading. On the scheduled day, packing information is transferred into the receiving center’s systems. The cartons are unloaded onto a conveying system scanning the GS1 128 bar code and matching the cartons shipped against the ASN. As cartons continue on the conveying system, the system pulls each store allocation as defined on the original purchase order and matches the ASN detail of each carton.
This process is a paper-less exchange of information and goods. The Kroger Co is able to eliminate non-value-added tasks, have consistent inventory in the supply chain, eliminate out-of-stock conditions, and increase sell through by having product available just in time to meet customer demand. The Vendor can eliminate non-value-added tasks, have consistent production plans, increase efficiency, and develop a long-term opportunity for growing sales with The Kroger Co.
EDI Technical Requirements