As usual, things change in our world of standards!! Here’s the newest retailer initiatives:
Belk has instituted a chargeback for shipments to the wrong DC. These will be subject to a $60 per occurrence plus $5 per carton expense offset. In addition, unauthorized air shipments and unauthorized carriers will now result in charge backs. The final new addition relates to their Volume Routing Request… significant changes to weight, cartons, cube, PO, cancel etc without faxing a revised Volume Routing Request will result in a chargeback. Check their BEST Plan for more information.
While Dillard’s is completing their migration for their vendor base (if signed with GXS or Inovis but not implemented yet, vendors will have until 12/15/05 to complete their migration), other retailers continue to issue statements on their network of choice. Recently Belk Stores has chosen Inovis as their network, and will be migrating using a three phase approach from early November to mid December 2005. Further notifications will be forthcoming via email. On November 10th Kmart announced they would be migrating their EDI traffic to Sterling Commerce’s Sterling Information Broker network. This will take place on December 13th, 2005 at 10 AM EST. Updates to each company’s EDI information is requested via completing a web survey at https://community.sterlingcommerce.com/surveys/kmart.htm. Questions should be directed to Kmart’s Implementation Specialist at Sterling Commerce, at 800-677-3027.
Federated will be operating under their fall shipping procedures from September 1, 2005 through January 15, 2006. During this time period, they may take up to 72 hours to provide routing instructions. This allows them the opportunity to build more trailerload-sized shipments, decreasing the transit time to their facilities, and reducing the amount of time it takes to get your merchandise to the selling floor. Shipments may be entered as early as 14 days prior to your requested pick-up date. This is a temporary change applicable to the fall shipping season only. Contact Federated Logistics with any questions at 770-913-4608.
In addition, Federated will be introducing an enhancement to it’s PO entry system effective 10/31/05 for Home Store vendors, that will support multiple shipping windows for a single bulk commitment. This functionality enables bulk commitments to cross multiple DC’s, operating divisions, and regions. Note that the new process involves initial receipt of the bulk PO under one PO number, and the releases against that bulk are different, unique PO numbers, referencing the original bulk. ASN’s are to go out on the release PO’s. Note also that the new process does not replace the old… you may still receive one-to-one relational Bulk and Release PO’s if a Macy’s merchant chooses to manage the purchase order in that manner. For an example of the Multi Shipping Window data format go to FDSNET. COM, click on ‘view all updates’ in the FDSNet update window, and then click on the entry from 10/13 ‘Purchase Order Entry Change’. Questions should be directed to EDI Support at 678-474-3595 and Macy’s Home Store MIO at 212-494-6376.
Remember JCP’s TMS schedule for Thanskgiving week –
Ø All requests with an ATS date of 11/24 will be rejected
Ø Routing requests sent Monday 11/21, use Wednesday 11/23 or Friday 11/25 as the ATS date
Ø Routing requests sent Tuesday 11/22, use Friday 11/25 or Monday 11/28 as the ATS date
Ø Routing requests sent Wednesday 11/23, use Monday 11/28 or Tuesday 11/29 as the ATS date
Ø Routing requests sent Friday 11/25, use Tuesday 11/29 or Wednesday 11/30 as the ATS date
Another new item for JCP – effective April 1st, 2006, JCPenney will require all suppliers to either implement the 820 transaction for receiving remittance advice or utilize the Supplier Internet site to identify documents related to their payment. Paper remittance statements will no longer be available after April 1st, 2006.
Mervyn’s will be going through a store/dc realignment. PDC (Plano, TX) will no longer service the listed stores as of 12/2/05. Instead, these stores will be serviced through ODC (Ontario, CA): 0052 Albuquerque NM, 0079 Bassett TX, 0080 Yarborough TX, 0140 Ingram TX, 0142 South Pk TX, 0143 Santa Fe NM, 0149 Odessa TX, 0150 Lubbock TX, 0157 Midland TX, 0225 Sunland Park TX, 0270 Mc Allen TX, 0271 Harlingen TX, 0272 N. Star Mall TX, 0296 Laredo TX, and 0313 Cottonwood NM.
All of Peebles’ purchase orders become subject to Stage Stores, Inc. regulations and policies effective 12/15/2005. Peebles will be migrating to Stage Stores EDI systems at this time, and will also be adding the 856 ASN document to their current EDI requirements. There have been slight mapping changes for all three documents, and testing is required using GXS Net Community Manager. Their go-live target date for all changes to be complete and in production is 1/1/06. Their deadline for compliance to this initiative is 12/15/05. Vendors who refuse to test will be immediately subject to EDI related violations effective 1/1/06, and will range from $200 - $750 for invoice related issues and from $100 - $750 for ASN issues per shipment.
Sears will be relocating their Atlanta GA Flow-Thru center 99002, effective 11/28/05. The new address is 3781 Southside Industrial Ct, Atlanta, GA 30354. All questions regarding this change should be directed to the appropriate Sears/Kmart Transportation Load Planner assigned for your ship-point location or Shipper Services – East Region 800-869-8342, Mid-Central Region 800-416-8653, West Region 800-416-3031, Shipper Services 800-869-8376.
Target announced in early November that there will be an increase in chargebacks related to Holiday On Time Shipping. Their ‘Expect More. Pay Less’ commitment to Guests requires Target to deliver outstanding in-stocks this holiday season, and to support each store with appropriate inventory by executing their fourth quarter flow plans precisely. The ship dates on each purchase order allows receipts to flow through limited capacity DC’s and store backrooms. Therefore, non-compliance charges for Domestic purchase orders shipping merchandise early as measured between 11/27 and 12/25 will be subject to a 9% cost chargeback.
Please note these items are mentioned to give you a ‘heads up’ of what may be coming in the near future. It is the reader’s responsibility to verify these points with the retailers involved and analyze impact of same within their organizations.
Lisa Fauley is the Vice President of eCommerce for COSI, a division of Infocrossing, and the President of the NY/NJ Metro ECOM Users Group. She is a regular contributor to eCommerce Connexion with her 'Compliance Corner'. She can be reached at LFauley@INFOCROSSING.com.