What is an EDI 180?
An EDI 180 is an electronic document that represents return merchandise authorization and notification to a vendor. The EDI 180 Return Merchandise Authorization encompasses the business and industry practices relative to returning merchandise to the vendor.
You can use an EDI 180 to communicate electronically with trading partner’s order information such as:
- Request for Returns
- Authorization or Disposition of returns
- Return Notifications
- Notifications of Consumer Returns
- Shipping Information
EDI 180 Format
EDI 180s enable businesses to streamline the supply chain by eliminating the need to receive returns through fax or email and manually re-key the information into different systems. The automation also keeps the cost of business down as a whole because it frees up resources and reduces human error.
How do I send/receive an EDI 180s?
It is fairly easy for a system to send/receive EDI 180s. 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 the EDI 180
Once an EDI 180 document has been received, it must be translated into a functional format for your system. Many organizations have their own standard set of definitions for EDI 180s and companies use a platform like logicbroker to configure and translate these different documents. Once the EDI 180 is translated, the returns information can be synced to your internal system of record such as an ERP – eliminating the need for manual data entry. Once the information exists in your systems, you can quickly process the return.