EDI 832 - EDI Price/Sales Catalog

EDIFACT PRICAT

The EDI 832 price/catalog document (also known as PRICAT or X12 832) is used to electronically exchange detailed product and price information between a supplier and its trading partners, including retailers and distributors. Suppliers use the EDI 832 document as an e-catalog or digital catalog to deliver the full catalog of their products and pricing electronically, rather than through a paper catalog.

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Benefits of using an 832 price/sales catalog

Implementing the 832 price/sales catalog offers benefits to both the retailer or distributor (receiver of the EDI 832 document) and the supplier (sender of the EDI 832 document).

Retailer and distributor benefits

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Gain operating efficiencies by reducing paperwork

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Reduce data entry errors

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Save administrative time by automating the receipt of price/sales catalog information

Supplier benefits

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Gain operating efficiencies by reducing paperwork

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Reduce data entry errors

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Save administrative time by automating the submission of price/catalog information

The key data elements in the price catalog/sales catalog PRICAT document include:

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Identifying number

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Unit price and taxation detail

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Product item identifiers/services such as UPC/EAN/GTIN

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Product description detail, consistent with category norms

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Unit of measurement

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Date of transmission, reflecting the time at which the document is accurate

Additional data that may also be included in the EDI 832 document (X12 832 and EDIFACT PRICAT) are:

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Terms of trade and INCOTERMS

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Bills of material (BOM) where relevant

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Product packaging configuration

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Expiration of information (e.g. when sale price will change)

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Lead time for product dispatch/delivery

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Sender and recipient codes

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Communication contact detail, for further inquiry

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Additional product description information

Common issues regarding EDI 832

Forced data hierarchy:

The EDI 832 (also known as X12 832 and EDIFACT PRICAT) requires a strict data hierarchy between selection code, product code and catalog that may not match how a supplier categorizes its products. This causes additional work and requires suppliers to artificially augment their data in order to match the prescribed hierarchy.

Limited attributes:

The EDI 832 only accommodates a limited set of data attributes. Some retailers require additional attributes such as length, width or height of an item, image data and extended pricing information. For those attributes, suppliers will have to supplement the data in the EDI 832 document with a spreadsheet.

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