Information flows from and to: Customers, Stores, distribution centers, wholesalers, product manufacturers, and then to the producers, and the suppliers of raw materials.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
The computer-to-computer exchange of business documents from a retailer to a vendor and back
Advanced Shipping Notice
An electronic document that the supplier sends the retailer in advance of a shipment
Collaboration, Planning, Forecasting, Replenishment (CPFR)
An inventory management system that uses an EDI through which a retailer sends sales information to a manufacturer. The manufacturer then can create a computer generated sales forecast and delivery schedule