Electronic Data Interchange between manufacturers and retailers has been around for over two decades. Yet one of its most potentially powerful transaction sets, the Advance Shipping Notice (ASN), has still not seen widespread use. However, in combination with bar-code technology like the UCC-128 pallet bar code, the ASN -- an electronic notification sent by the manufacturer's computer to signal what's on the way to a food distributor's warehouse -- is proving it can have a far-reaching ...

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