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What is an ANSI X12 EDI 860 Message?

An ANSI X12 EDI 860 message is used to update and amend a previously sent EDI 850 message. If amendments to previous purchase orders are required, the EDI 860 Purchase order change is generated, references the past purchase order number, and details the required changes. This message follows the EDI message standard ANSI X12 and is used in conjunction with EDI 850 messages.

Usage of the ANSI X12 EDI 860 Message

The buying organization would first create an EDI 850 purchase order to place the initial request with their supplier. The EDI 860 message can then be used to change or cancel one or more items/goods from a previously sent order. They can also relate to one or many different delivery schedules. They are also used to update the supplier with previously unknown details specific to the order, such as customs, transport, and delivery details.

The supplier than can answer with a purchase order acknowledgement ANSI X12 EDI 855. In this, he can either confirm receiving the EDI 860 or he from his side requests now changes.

The EDI 860 message is wide-spread in CPG and retail. Due to fresh food considerations the grocery retail has its own purchase order change message triggered by the buyer, the EDI 876.

The ANSI X12 EDI 860 Structure and Example

Purchase order change messages follow a set structure of segments and elements specific to the ANSI X12 standard. The buyer’s own in house ERP system would create a message containing all the required order change information, such as SAP IDoc relating to an EDI 860, which is then translated according to the EDI 860 mapping document via the EDI solution in place. The answer is an EDI software for in-house usage or an EDI Cloud Service.

A typical ANSI X12 EDI 860 message contains:

  • Buyer and seller information
  • Previous Purchase Order details
  • Ordered material details, with required quantity’s and dates
  • Details on whether the material details requested are to be added, removed or changed
  • Delivery details, both when and where

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GS*PC*APP SENDER*APP RECEIVER*20231014*1719*0001*X*004010~

Processing of the ANSI X12 EDI 860 Message

Once the supplier has received an EDI 860 message, their EDI solution will check the contents against their EDI 860 specification. Suppose this message is following the EDI 860 specification and in that case, their EPR system will be able to update the previously stored order details with this new information, using the purchase order number supplied. A functional acknowledgement message EDI 997 may then be sent back to confirm that the message has arrived and has been accepted.

The figure below shows the role of an ANSI X12 EDI 860 message and which other message types are used in a retail scenario:

What are the equivalents of ANSI X12 EDI 860 in other EDI Standard Formats?

EDIFACT is widespread in Europe and most parts of Asia, and the current standard defined by the UN. UN/EDIFACT uses a single ORDCHG document to cover all purchase order change types. TRADACOMS has often been seen in the UK CPG retail industry: With TRADCOMS the ORDHDR works as both the initial Order and any subsequent Order Change after that if needed.

Typical Errors when using the ANSI X12 EDI 860 Message

Using EDI suffers from unknown or wrong master data. Referrals that the supplier can’t interpret correctly lead to EDI 860 that is not accepted. For instance

  • Goods requested may not be available in the supplier’s ERP system, or under another code
  • Specific location codes, such as gate, warehouse or dock are unknown by the supplier

Benefits of the ANSI X12 EDI 860 Message

To update purchase order details with EDI, many benefits can be achieved

Electronic data messages and updating of time-critical orders

speed up the entire ordering and adjustment process

Less manual workload

by automating possible changes to orders

Reduced risk of error

by avoiding human interaction

Less waste due to message flows

become paperless

Benefits specific to customers
  • Update to the planning schedules goes faster so out-of-stock or over delivery scenarios happen far less often
  • Reduction of cost as previously manual jobs can be automated
Benefits specific to suppliers
  • Delivery planning can be done much quicker and with fewer errors
  • Avoid incorrect deliveries
  • Increased supplier ratings because of the overall smoother process and reliability

Automate Initial Purchase Orders and Purchase Order Changes

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