846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice
Functional Group IB
X12M Supply Chain Subcommittee
This Draft Standard for Trial Use contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Inventory Inquiry/Advice Transaction Set (846) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used in the following ways: (1) for a seller of goods and services to provide inventory information to a prospective purchaser, with no obligation to the purchaser to acquire these goods or services; (2) for a representative of a seller of goods and services to supply inventory information to that seller; (3) for one location to supply another location with inventory information; and (4) for an inquiry as to the availability of inventory with no obligation on the seller of goods and services to reserve that inventory.
How is an EDI 846 used?
For example, Vendor A sends Retailer B an EDI 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice twice daily to provide an indication of their entire catalog's stock status. If Vendor A communicates that a SKU is out of stock in the EDI 846 Inventory Inquiry Advice, Retailer B will take that SKU off the website or list the item as “out of stock” until a subsequent EDI 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice shows that it is available.