Auto Parts Group Offers Paperless Document Exchange

June 3, 2009
Independent aftermarket distributor National Pronto Association uses Corcentric document exchange for shipping manifests, invoicing and other documents to go paperless.

With its ProntoDX Document Exchange Program, National Pronto Association allows its members to verify electronically invoice pricing from suppliers, preview shipping manifests in advance of receipt, and analyze accumulated purchasing information based on old and new pricing scenarios. Supplier Corcentric is able to translate from any, to any format, including, but not limited to, flat files to XML, as well as EDI formats, says National Pronto.

"We are committed to educating and providing our membership with the electronic tools they need to migrate from a paper-centered world to the new electronic realm," said Michael Mitchell, National Pronto's Director of Supply Chain Management. "Electronic Data Interchange is the new industry standard and the Corcentric system makes it available to all of our member companies, regardless of their size. It will give them the advantage they need to compete for market share and profitability."

The Corcentric ProntoDX solution, says National Pronto, provides its members with an electronic portal to deliver digital documents in the format required by each individual warehouse management or business system, eliminating the need for paper. This will immediately decrease by more than half the price-per-invoice handling cost, it estimates.

The ProntoDX system also allows members to view their shipping manifests in advance of delivery, alerting them to exactly what merchandise will be received and helping them to plan accordingly for back ordered items, says National Pronto.

"EDI is the future of accounting," said Dave Lindeen, vice president of Corcentric. "It's also the right thing to do for the environment. In just one year, our system was used to process 1.7 million transactions valued at more than a billion dollars, which saved an estimated 832 trees and 18.7 million pieces of paper, according to the Gartner Group.

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