ASN Document Structures

Like a book, an ASN document is strictly a top-down hierarchy, in that each parent (a level that contains lower levels) may have many children (a level that has levels above it), but each child may have only one parent. Many levels of depth are supported, so that each child – regardless of its position in the hierarchy – may in turn be the parent of many children of its own. Also, it is possible that the same information may be repeated as many times as might be required – just as a word, sentence, paragraph, or even chapter may be repeated more than once within a book. Continue reading

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What is AS2?

AS2 – which stands for “Applicability Statement 2” – is a method of exchanging documents directly between trading partners without the need to have a third-party go-between like a VAN to carry the documents. Instead, when a document is sent computers at each of the two trading partners (sender and receiver) talk directly to each other. Continue reading

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Why do we do ASNs?

Let’s face it – Advance Ship Notices (ASNs) can be a pain. So why do we do them, anyways?

At its most basic level, an ASN document is the electronic equivalent of a packing slip, letting the receiver know what items are included in any given shipment. It will contain a list of all items and their quantities included in the shipment, allowing a warehouse or store to prepare to receive the goods, such as by allocating the required space. And as long as the ASN comes from a trusted source, the goods can be booked directly into inventory as soon as the shipment arrives, without requiring that a manual count be done. Continue reading

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What are SDQ Orders?

In the retail industry trading partners will frequently send purchase orders that allow goods from a single order to be routed to multiple final destinations, either directly or indirectly. This is done by including one or more SDQ segments for each item on the order, splitting the full quantity specified in the PO1 segment into smaller quantities destined for one or more locations. Continue reading

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What is a Musical Run?

Ask a Broadway performer – or Google – what a musical run is and they’ll tell you that it’s how long a particular musical plays in a particular venue.

Ask a musician what a musical run is, and he or she will tell you that it is a series of notes that ascend or descend – or both – the scale in quick session, and if anyone tells you anything else they are tone deaf, a Broadway performer, or Google (which all amount to pretty much the same thing – an uncultured heathen).  Continue reading

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