What is the EDI 856?

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What is an EDI 856?

What is an EDI 856?

The EDI 856 is an electronic data interchange transaction that contains information about a shipment relating to a particular purchase order.  The EDI 856 comes after the EDI 850 PO and before the EDI 810 Invoice.  It is sometimes preceded by the EDI 860 and EDI 855.


Companies often utilize retail EDI VANs, AS2 or other technologies to support this process. There are ESB and iPaaS solutions that can support this process.


The EDI 850 is not only used in Retail EDI environments, but also in automotive, wholesale and many others.