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About the EANway method


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EANway is an internationally recognised method for the facilitation of more efficient replenishment within supply chains. Large retail groups set electronic trading standards which are promoted by GS1 Australia (formerly EAN Australia). The standard is designed to minimize handling costs by ensuring accuracy and enabling automated cross docking at retailer distribution centres through scan packing of shipments by store (retail outlet) and provision of the ASN.

A supplier who wants to use the EANway method must have the following:

  1. Capability of electronic trading.
  2. Ability to process an electronic purchase order.
  3. An accredited scan packing solution.
  4. Capability of returning an electronic shipping note manifest (ASN).
  5. Capability of producing SCM labelling including SSCC labels.

The EANway method incorporates two individual methods:

Method Description Additional information
1 Original Standard scan pack model, where the implementation relates to conventional physical scanning of individual cartons to build scan pack data and subsequently ASN data. From outbound shipments, pick lists are generated, cartons are physically picked, physically scanned (consumer OR trade GTIN) using EANway scan pack routines, which preloads the actual pick quantities. Pick lists are then confirmed using standard routines, and merged invoices are requested, including the generation of ASN:s. The sequence is:

Pick list — Scan pack — Pick confirm — Merged invoice/ASN
2 Auto pallet This is linked to the EANway pallet SSCC for grocery bulk warehouse deliveries requiring an ASN, and where the supplier has pre-packaged pallets, that are not EDI compliant in Enterprise (i.e., the supplier did not scan the cartons onto the pallet during manufacturing). Automatic building of the pallets are therefore necessary based on the item/unit configuration making a best guess as to the number of pallets (pallet positions) and associated quantities of carton trade GTIN:s per pallet. At the end of pick confirmation, package reporting is used to build the pallets from which the automatic SSCC pallets (and labels) are built prior to the invoicing/ASN generation. The sequence is:

Pick list — Pick confirm — Auto pallet SSCC — Invoice/ASN