Advanced Shipping Notifications (ASN) are a critical component of product traceability. Integrating ASNs into supply chain business processes requires supplier and distributor compliance of the physical application of labels and transmission of the ASN data.
ASN compliance has its challenges for both the supplier shipping and the distributor receiving both of which has been the focus in 2020 with these goals:
~ Improve usability of the physical ASN labels at the distribution center for receiving ~ Onboard suppliers to transmit ASN data to the distribution center ~ Onboard Hubs as both a distributor and a supplier
While all distribution and Hub centers have been onboarded for ASN receiving, significant work is underway to onboard suppliers (applying labels and transmitting data). Some suppliers present bigger challenges due to product type. For example, fry rail cars are floor loaded without pallets to apply labels. We are near a solution with suppliers, distributors, and HAVI collaborating on the best method to account for multiple Lots and Codes dates. Another challenge is a lane of supply where the shipper is close enough to the DC that the physical loads arrive before the ASN has been transmitted. This is a unique issue that the team is collectively working to resolve. The team also developed and implemented an escalation procedure to assist suppliers to move beyond integration and non-compliance.
Although COVID-19 caused resourcing constraints across the system, the team collectively aligned on priorities and goals to adapt and developed workarounds to standard processes to accommodate the constraints.
As of September, 98% of in-scope suppliers are sending ASNs and 47% lines of supply are turned on to receive loads with the pallet labels and ASNs.