How to become EDI Compliance with Amazon Vendor Central and Amazon DropShip?

  October 16, 2018       By Ray Atia

How to become EDI Compliance with Amazon Vendor Central and Amazon DropShip?

When starting to work with Amazon, they recommerce all it vendors to become EDI compliant as soon as they can because once they will get the invitation to the Vendor Central platform they will need to be ready to communicate with Amazon Vendor Central via EDI.

So for an online retailer, sellers, distributors and manufacturers who are working with Amazon its vital to understand how working with EDI for Amazon Vendor Central is different then working with their standard Amazon account and Amazon Seller Account.

Some of the things that would be different with Amazon Vendor Central vs Amazon Seller Central is the way you communicate with them, how you send and receive orders, shipments and other documents. How is the inventory and pricing being affected and how to integrate Vendor Central with their ERP.

When a seller communicates with Amazon Vendor Central they get two options, via AS2 or SFTP. Then there is the messaging between Amazon and the sellers. That would be EDI. No more web portal like with Seller Central. This is the biggest step a seller would have to do in order to orders to integrate with Amazon Vendor Central as well as Amazon DropShip.

The process is that 1st Amazon will a purchase order to the seller and expecting to receive back in return a purchase order acknowledgement, then after that they would expect the shipment and lastly the invoice. This is the minimum required by Amazon, but there are more documents to implement should the seller wants to.

In some cases Amazon would require the EDI 754 which is the  Routing Request Confirmation from Amazon, the EDI 753 which is the Routing Request, as well as the EDI 860 which is the Purchase Order Change Notification and the EDI 865 which is the Purchase Order Change Acceptance Notification from Amazon

Currently, Amazon uses EDI Ansi X12 version 5010.

When completing building the integration with Amazon Vendor Central, the seller would need to do some testing for all document, send and receive them through the connection established earlier and pass all amazon mandatory test cases. The process is fully automated and done as a self service with Amazon, so no one from Amazon will be there to help you pass all these test cases. That’s why you need a professional EDI company who have done many integrations with the Amazon Vendor Central platform, has lots of experience with EDI and can help you to become EDI Compliant with Amazon Vendor Central quickly and eventually go live.