The Need for Notification of Delivery
Commercial enterprises face enormous logistic challenges every day. Goods are ordered from many different suppliers for delivery either to warehouse locations (cross-docking) or to individual branches directly (drop-shipping).
Overviews of pending deliveries must be available at all times to ensure that cross-docking and drop-shipping logistics remain efficient. Using the despatch information sent by the suppliers the retail stores may plan and optimize their inbound logistics.
Incoming goods must be offloaded and stored in their designated place as quickly as possible. In the case of refrigerated and deep-frozen goods, adequate storage capacities must be ready, to avoid interruption of the cold chain.
To ensure efficient warehouse administration all suppliers must transmit electronic despatch advice messages to announce upcoming deliveries. The despatch note will contain the date and time of the delivery and the details of the delivered goods. Depending on the given industry, this may comprise basic product designations as well as information about the itemised packaging means and their hierarchy on a pallet. Gross and net weights may also be given.