What is Amazon Vendor Central EDI Routing Request?

  October 23, 2018       By Ray Atia

What is Amazon Vendor Central EDI Routing Request?

In most cases, big box retailers such as Amazon requiring their vendors to implement EDI routing request through the shipment process for carriers assignments. This is needed for collect freights where customer pays the freight charges.

In addition, it would be used by suppliers to provide expected pick-up date and location, weight, volume of the consignment. Based on their rate vendors will assign the carrier; Also to keep the consignment ready for the carrier to pick up on the appointed date.

For vendors, distributors and Manufacturers who uses Amazon Vendor Central it is necessary to create routing requests after order confirmation. They would also need to provide pickup date and time, the number of cartons in the shipment, the shipment weight and consignment volume.

Then, Amazon will send their routing confirmation email back to the vendors and assign a reference number for the routing request. At this point the routing request will become shipment assigned to a carrier and an ASN would be created and pending.

The routing request with Amazon Vendor Central is fully automated by implementing EDI with their vendors. Vendors will send a routing request to Amazon by sending the EDI-753 and get back from Amazon the routing request confirmation via the EDI-754

The components of Amazon routing request, EDI-753 are the Supplier Reference Number which is a unique reference number for the supplier.

When Vendor Central sends back a routing confirmation through EDI-754,

it will include the reference number and the suppliers will match it against their system.

Also, the Customer Order Number and other shipping information such as Weight, carton quantity, volume, address, pickup date and time are necessary for the routing request.

For the routing confirmation back from Amazon the main components are Supplier Reference Number, Amazon Reference Number, Carrier Name that Amazon will assign based on weight and/or volume, negotiated rate with carriers. For large consignments Amazon will assign LTL (Less than truck load) carriers such as Con-way or small freight carriers such as FedEx or UPS.

The assigned carrier will come on the pickup date time to the vendor and pickup the shipment. Amazon has a portal where the vendors can print the shipping labels.

Once the carriers pickup the shipmen, the vendor has to inform Amazon of the ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice) within 24 hours or 4 hours before the arrival whichever is earlier. vendor s can create ASN on the Amazon Vendor Central portal manually or better yet, use EDI to fully automate the process. The ASN must include the tracking number, Purchase Order number and items shipped.

Its crucial that vendors will automate their Shipment process with Amazon Vendor Central to reduce errors and speed up the order and shipping processes.