EDI 816 - Organizational Relationships

The EDI 816 Organizational Relationships is a type of electronic data interchange transaction set that is sent from buyers to sellers. It contains information on individual locations, such as warehouses, distribution centers or retail stores, including their addresses and relationship to the parent organization. 

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What is EDI 816?

An EDI 816 Organizational Relationships, is sent buyers to sellers. It contains information on individual locations, such as warehouses, distribution centers or retail stores. It is also used to provide detail on each location’s eligibility to purchase under terms of the relationship with a seller.

This electronic document complies with the ANSI X12 EDI specification.

Benefits of the EDI 816

All EDI documents are securely encrypted in transit, allowing trading partners to send sensitive data safely. Using the EDI 180 can help streamline the returns process for both retailers and suppliers. 

Reduced Manual Effort & Elimiated Errors 

Improve Cash Flow

Better operating efficiency

How is an EDI 816 Used?

An EDI 816 is most commonly triggered upon the opening of a new store or distribution centre, or a change of address for a particular location.  This benefits the seller by keeping track of things like ship-to locations on orders, and provides the relative information to assist the supplier when the new location places an order or becomes an available ship to location.

The buyer can also send updated EDI 816 documents when a location closes, opens, or has other information changes. 

After getting EDI 816, the seller usually responds with an EDI 997 Functional Acknowledgement to confirm receipt. 

Components of the EDI 816

EDI 816 transaction sets need to cover certain details about each individual location. Some of the core elements in the EDI 816 include: 

  • Location details like addresses, contact information and codes (such as: store numbers)
  • Eligibility to purchase under the terms of a seller

EDI 816 Specifications


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) chartered the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 to develop uniform standards for inter-industry electronic exchange of business transactions, namely electronic data interchange. ASC X12 also contributes to UN/EDIFACT messages that are used widely outside of the United States.

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