Certain trading partners such as Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Home Depot offer access to their store-level point-of-sale information and stock position data. This data is transmitted to suppliers in EDI format.
With the Data Masons Product Activity Database and Reporting Module, that 852 Product Activity document data can be downloaded and printed using several sales analysis report options.
One low module price includes the necessary components for all of your Vantage Point EDI trading partners that provide sales information via the 852 Product Activity document – a feature now offered or planned by many national retailers.
The EDI 852 module is actually a sales analysis subsystem. The raw sales data is translated and stored in a Microsoft® SQL Server® database that provides the basis for unlimited reporting possibilities. The 852 module comes with predefined sales analysis reports and can also be accessed with industry-standard reporting tools such as Microsoft® Office Access, Crystal Reports® and SQL Reporting Services. The standard reports can be opened or pasted into Excel directly from print preview for additional sales analysis possibilities.
Visibility of store-level customer stock positions can provide valuable planning data. Sales data and stock position information can be used to better measure marketing performance and allocate advertising dollars and inventory.
Trends that may be influenced by regional marketing investments, sales promotions and demographics can also be identified and marketing investments optimized.
The Vantage Point EDI 852 module can be used as a tool to compliment Data Masons’ Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) solution, which enables integration of these documents for sales order, invoicing and replenishment purposes.
Replenishment and invoicing “orders” can be integrated to support accounting systems.
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