EDI Made Simple Challenge: The TMS 753 (Request For Routing) and 754 (Request for Routing Response) Document Set

Topics: ERP, EDI

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM by Glenn McPeak

Streamlining and automating the basic core EDI documents – customer-facing Purchase Orders, ASNs and Invoices – is a process that many business organizations have figured out and they have integrated those documents seamlessly with the ERP. However, bigger EDI challenges that extend beyond those documents can truly threaten your company’s business operations and efficiency.


753 and 754 Document Set: Request for Routing Instructions and Response

In an effort to improve their logistics efficiency and lower their operating costs, some of the larger trading partners such as Amazon, JCPenney, Cabela’s and Kohl’s, are expanding their ability to make last minute changes to how and where shipments are routed. These initiatives have a significant impact on suppliers and challenge their systems to assemble all of the data for a hypothetical shipment, transmit that information and then receive a response document that finalizes the shipment. The response can have a significant impact on WMS and ERP systems and thus provide a major challenge for seamless automation.

To complicate matters, all of this must happen in a limited time window, typically 24-48 hours prior to scheduled shipment, which drives the need for a sophisticated EDI solution to “simplify” the process flow. The EDI solution must have advanced logic to propose the shipment and associated routing (753) and then be able to build the final shipment and ASN using the partner’s response (754). Failure to respond quickly within the established time window or follow the instructions provided, can result in significant chargebacks, lost profits and lowered scorecard results.

Data Masons has constructed a solid solution that lowers risk and makes this difficult process simple and efficient. With the 753 and 754 Routing Requests solution, you’ll be able to effectively manage and respond to customer routing requests accurately with minimal added effort.

Vantage Point EDI’s 753/754 Routing Requests Solution:

  • Generates a proposed shipment profile or imports this information from select WMS systems that provide these capabilities, sends a routing request and receives an authorization for the shipment;
  • Updates outbound shipments and ASNs automatically based on received routing instructions;
  • Satisfies your trading partners’ 753/754 compliance requirements; and
  • Provides a 754 report that lets users easily determine what orders the retailer has authorized to ship.
Just like your business, retailers are working towards building up their competitive advantage and so we can expect retailers to continue their efforts to improve logistics. For many organizations, it’s only a matter of time until the 753 and 754 Routing Requests become a necessity in transacting with these retail partners. 


Glenn_McPeakGlenn is an expert in the electronic integration of supply chain activities with 28 Years of Exact Macola-related experience in system analysis, product design, software development, Macola consulting and project management, dating back to 1986 and Exact Macola Version 2.0. Glenn has managed and/or executed over 200 successful ERP and EDI related projects in a wide array of manufacturing and distribution oriented industries. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction from Babson College, is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and holds numerous Microsoft Certifications. Visit Data Masons to learn more about our powerful 753/754 Routing Requests Solution.


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