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Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states under two dozen banners and annual sales of more than $132.5 billion, Kroger ranks as one of the world’s largest grocery store retailers.

According to the Kroger website, the brand is the only major U.S. supermarket company to operate an economical three-tier distribution system, with formats including supermarkets, seamless digital shopping options, price-impact warehouse stores, and multi-department stores. Its 35 food production and manufacturing facilities produce high-quality, private-label products, and its 1,585 supermarket fuel centers and 2,256 pharmacies are a natural addition to its one-stop-shopping strategy. 

TrueCommerce offers world-class compliant EDI for Kroger suppliers. Our cloud-based EDI solution enables you to send EDI documents to Kroger easily and effectively, with the confidence that your transactions are processed with the proper data and unique EDI guidelines that Kroger requires.

Kroger EDI Requirements

To be EDI compliant, Kroger suppliers must be able to send specific EDI transactions that adhere to Kroger guidelines. These guidelines can be updated at any time, which can make EDI compliance a challenge.

With TrueCommerce’s EDI service, Kroger suppliers can automate the exchange of EDI business documents, without worrying about non-compliance. Our fully managed service model provides 24/7/365 support including automatic EDI mapping updates whenever Kroger changes their EDI mandates.

TrueCommerce supports EDI for the following Kroger subsidiaries: 

  • Kroger
  • Kroger Drop Ship US
  • Kroger – Commercehub
  • Kroger Coupa
  • Kroger Ship to Home

Kroger EDI Transactions

With TrueCommerce, you can meet Kroger EDI requirements quickly and easily. Below is a sample list of Kroger transactions supported by TrueCommerce. All transaction codes used are a part of the ANSI ASC X12 EDI standards. The UN/EDIFACT standard is supported as well as the XML syntax.

Kroger utilizes both the UCS and the ANSI X12 EDI Standards used to send and receive EDI transaction sets. Kroger requires most companies to use EDI to accept purchase orders and send invoices. Some vendors are also required to send advance ship notices (ASNs) via EDI.

The retailer stipulates that “vendors who accept product orders that require shipment to any Kroger distribution center ("DC") are required to have the ability to receive the issued purchase order via EDI as well as to return the associated invoice via EDI.” 

Vendors who fail to meet this requirement within 90 days are subject to invoice processing fees, which can be up to 1% or $250 of the total invoice amount. Vendors may also face consequences for inaccurate transaction data or delayed transactions, in the case of ASNs. 

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Why Choose TrueCommerce 

TrueCommerce is a global leader in supply chain connectivity, with more than two decades of experience in the grocery industry. Our Kroger EDI integration enables you to streamline Kroger order processing to strengthen your trading partner relationship.

  • Establish stronger trade relationships. TrueCommerce’s grocery supply chain solutions are designed to integrate with your ERP and automate communications with all your suppliers, 3PLs, warehouses, and DCs. 
  • Save valuable time. Integrate document exchanges into your ERP system to automatically receive incoming orders and send out acknowledgments and ASNs.
  • Simplify supplier communications.  For distributors, a user-friendly web EDI portal lets suppliers create PO acknowledgments, ASNs, and other key documents, without investing in full EDI.
  • Reduce your IT burdens.  Cloud-based solutions eliminate the need to backup data, install new software, or maintain on-premises servers.

Kroger EDI FAQs

As a Kroger supplier, you may have questions relating to EDI and your supply chain. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive from suppliers like you:

How does integrated EDI work?

Integrated EDI connects to your ERP system, and translates outgoing data into compliant EDI formats. EDI transactions from your trading partners are received and transformed by the EDI solution into the correct ERP file format, and delivered to your ERP automatically. Learn more about EDI.

What is EDI compliance?

EDI compliance refers to a supplier’s ability to adhere to specific EDI mandates created by a trading partner. These EDI guidelines can cover what transactions are required, the data that must be included, and even the format of that data. Non-compliance can result in penalties such as chargebacks, so it is critical to choose an EDI solution that supports ongoing EDI compliance. Learn more about EDI compliance.

What are EDI transactions?

EDI transaction codes are standardized business document formats for key supply chain communications, like Purchase Orders, Advanced Shipping Notices, and Invoices. Each EDI transaction code correlates to a specific business document, and includes the data elements needed for that document. Learn more about EDI transaction codes.

How can you choose the best EDI provider?

Choosing an EDI provider can be challenging, especially if this is your first time purchasing an EDI solution. You’ll want to consider several factors, including provider experience, integration options, trading partner support, and long-term cost of ownership. You can use our EDI Buyer’s Guide and Provider Checklist to help make the right choice.

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