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The pick and pack method of order fulfillment is just one way eCommerce businesses have been able to increase customer satisfaction and profits. However, this practice also requires a great deal of coordination, planning, and accuracy to be successful, and any errors could result in unhappy customers and lost profits. That is why there is a need for logistical solutions that eliminate errors and facilitate efficient communication between customers and the companies they order from.
In the pick and pack process, retailers look for specific quantities of items ordered by customers and pick them from warehouse shelves before packing them in a box addressed to a specific customer. In order for this to work, the warehouse has to be organized in as efficient a manner as possible. As a result, eCommerce retailers need an effective way to keep track of inventory and to plan ahead for incoming orders. This is why the field of EDI has developed an ASN or advance ship notice for pick and pack fulfillment.
Through the electronic exchange of data, these ASNs allow trading partners to communicate order and shipment details in advance so that warehouses can organize their picking for maximum efficiency. Furthermore, EDI greatly reduces the potential for errors, since data exchange is automated and instantaneous. If you need an EDI provider that can help with your pick and pack logistics, contact ACT Data for their proven expertise at EDI solutions for eCommerce businesses.