Case Study

Their Challenge
Our Solution
Technologies Used

Their Challenge

UNFI had an opportunity to take on significant new business through brand-name national customers, however the limitations with UNFI’s existing business systems prevented the processing of EDI customer orders, invoices and advance shipment notices in the manner that these new customers required.

A number of enhancements to the existing business systems were needed to acquire these new customers. UNFI partnered with Tallan to streamline their IT architecture and enable it to accept and process EDI customer order transactions, meeting the varying requirements of their new customers.

Our Solution

To address the issues presented by these new national customers, Tallan leveraged and extended the Supply Chain database and BizTalk integration application, which was deployed in an earlier phase of the UNFI engagement. The Tallan software development team was able to provide solutions to numerous customer specific requirements.

In a phased approach, the team developed, tested and implemented the ability to:

  • Receive and process a variety of inbound and outbound EDI transactions
  • Cross reference store numbers to a business system code
  • Include the vendor reference number on the invoice
  • Provide advance shipment notifications (ASN)

This approach enabled UNFI to bring in the new business from all these customers in a short time period.

Technologies Used

  • Microsoft BizTalk Server
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio


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