RSSBus Connect facilitates SCM EDI between Target and Major Textiles Manufacturer

Target works with suppliers all across the world, including one of the largest-scale textiles manufacturers globably. Specializing in yarn spinning, dyeing, weaving, finishing, printing, and garment production, this textiles giant supplies yarndyed fabrics and shirts to major retailers across Japan, the United States, UK, Italy and 35+ other countries.

In an effort to streamline supply chain integration with Target Online Shopping, this textiles producer integrated electronic order processing and fulfillment processing with Target's EDI system, selecting RSSBus Connect to implement an SCM EDI process that could easily integrate with their IT infrastructure. RSSBus Connect is used to securely send and receive EDI X12 purchase orders, messages, and acknowledgements between the textiles supplier and Target via basic spreadsheets. RSSBus Connect allows them to bypass the time and expense involved with implementing a full-blown ERP system or processing through a third-party provider.

Integration with Target

The textiles supplier uses RSSBus Connect for secure file transfer (via an AS2 Port), EDI messaging, and spreadsheet integration. The following diagram provides a high-level overview of how RSSBus Connect is used for processing:

Secure File Transfer

Target requires that suppliers communicate via an AS2 Port. The RSSBus AS2 Port is configured to securely send and receive documents directly with Lianfa. In addition to offering the most secure and responsive integration, direct integration eliminates the need and expense of VAN processing fees.

EDI Messaging

For order processing and fulfillment, Target requires that all suppliers communicate through a number of standard EDI messages. To do this, the textiles supplier uses the DataToXMLI X12 Port of RSSBus Connect to transform data between spreadsheet values and EDI standards, including:

  • 850 (Purchase Order)
  • 860 (PO Change)
  • 864 (Text Messages)
  • 997 (Function Acknowledgement)

RSSBus Connect provides the supplier with an easy way to pipe EDI Files messages to Microsoft Excel. Excel templates are used to transform EDI messages into human readable Excel documents. In addition, EDI messages is flattened and pushed into Excel based reports.

To communicate updates to Target, they manage an Excel spreadsheet with product information. RSSBus Connect monitors the Excel files for changes with updates triggering RSSBus Connect to convert this data to (DataToXML)X12 Port and pass the EDI documents to Target through the AS2 port.

They selected KA Software, an EDI systems integrator, to assist with mapping, translation, and AS2 configuration, rapidly accelerating their integration with Target.

The Result

By selecting RSSBus Connect, Target's textiles supplier minimized ongoing costs and enhanced efficiency. They also rapidly integrated their ordering and fulfillment processes to conform with Target's requirements. Integration was delivered on-time and under budget.

They transformed their existing IT assets into an interface for direct, bidirectional communication with Target — all without in-house development or third-party management.

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