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What is an EDI 997?

Jan 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by Becca McCarthy

What is an EDI 997?

An EDI 997, or Functional Acknowledgement, is an electronic receipt and sent to inform a supplier/retailer/warehouse that an EDI document was received. At the most basic level, the 997 will contain an acceptance or rejection notification.

How do I send/receive an EDI 997?

It is quite simple for a system to send/receive EDI 997s. For the most part, the transmitting is done through the Internet or Value Added Network (VAN). To keep EDI costs affordable, today most EDI transmission is done through the internet using AS2 or secure FTP, eliminating the need for an expensive VAN. The file is kept secure using encryption to keep the data safe.

Translating an EDI 997

Once an EDI 997 document has been received, it must be translated into a functional format for your system. The majority of organizations have their own standard set of definitions for EDI 997s, so companies use a platform like logicbroker to configure and translate these different documents. Once the EDI 997 is translated, the information can be synced to your internal system of record such as an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or shopping cart – eliminating the need for manual data entry. Now that you have the shipping information you can quickly track the shipment, which suppliers find useful because their retailers can easily anticipate incoming orders.  Also, suppliers and retailers find EDI 997s useful because they eliminates the need to send/receive warehouse shipment notices in several different formats such as email, fax or CSV.

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Becca McCarthy

Written by Becca McCarthy

Becca has a passion for brands and analytics. She brings expertise from working with Fortune 1000 brands and helping them sell directly to consumers online. An avid online shopper, Becca is thrilled to be a part of Logicbroker and help clients provide a better shopping experience for their consumers. As the Director of Marketing at Logicbroker, Becca focuses on building out the Logicbroker brand, strategic partnerships, and bringing customer success stories to light while keeping a pulse on industry trends and best practices. Becca holds a BA in Communications and English from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, Becca enjoys cooking, Jeopardy!, and spending time at home with her husband and their two dogs, Zulu and Luna.