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Amazon.com - Changes to delivery dates on POs

posted Aug 13, 2009, 5:38 AM by Paul LeBlanc   [ updated Aug 13, 2009, 6:31 AM by Unknown user ]
Changes to EDI Purchase Order Dates with Pre-Paid/Vendor-Paid Freight Terms:
As announced in July, Amazon.com will begin communicating the dates the product is needed in our fulfillment center (a delivery window). This new field will be used to determine when your shipments should arrive at Amazon.com. It is NOT when the product should be shipped (i.e. depart your warehouse), as this might cause your POs to arrive after the delivery window. Your recent shipment history to each Amazon.com facility is used to determine the appropriate delivery window.

When will the change be made? All new purchase orders on and after August 31st will have the delivery window.

What EXACTLY is changing? No fields will be added or removed from the 850 EDI document itself. Currently, on the header of the 850 EDI document (purchase order) there are two dates in DTM 064 and 063 (see below). If you are not receiving DTM date fields in your POs it is critical that you map your system to receive them.

Currently, on the header of the 850 EDI document (purchase order) there are two dates do not deliver after and do not deliver before, represented by DTM 063 and 064, respectively. After this change, the date in DTM 064 (do not deliver before) may be several days or possibly weeks after the purchase order date. There is no guarantee that it will coincide with the date the purchase order was placed. DTM 063 (do not deliver after) will be up to 7 days after the date in DTM 064, creating up to a 1 week window.

This may require a change in your systems to be compliant. Today, some vendors use the first date in the window, which typically matches the order date, to trigger fulfillment events (pick and pack). In that case, a change must be made to ensure that the freight is delivered to Amazon.com within this window. DTM 064 will no longer be the same as the purchase order date. If you are not receiving DTM date fields in your POs it is critical that you map your system to receive them.

Any items that will not be available for delivery within this window should be backordered or rejected, as appropriate, via the PO confirmation process.

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