Fastenal EDI

How to become EDI compliant with Fastenal

  • July 07, 2021 / by Infocon Systems

Headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, Fastenal is an industrial supply company founded in 1967. The company offers inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair services. It also resells industrial, safety, and construction supplies. Fastenal has over 2,200 branches and 13 distribution centers that are located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

How EDI works with Fastenal

To be a vendor of Fastenal, you’ll need to exchange business documents through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Fastenal aims to electronically exchange all business information through its distribution network and in-store point-of-sale systems. EDI is the computer-to-computer exchange of business information in a standard format. Common business documents exchanged include purchase orders, invoices, and acknowledgments. EDI is a sequence of messages between two parties, either of which may serve as the originator or recipient. The messages are exchanged without human intervention.

Fastenal requires vendors to acknowledge transactions of ANSI X12, EDIFACT, UCS, and other standards. To transfer data securely from one computer to another, Fastenal supports VAN, AS2, and FTP EDI protocols. Each communication protocol consists of a set of universal guidelines used for data encryption and configuration while in transit. To be a vendor of Fastenal, it’s important to fully integrate with their point-of-sale, ERP, and other back-office application systems. Fastenal supports a range of DTD and transaction schemas including communication methods such as HTTP and FTP.

Basic EDI documents for EDI setup with Fastenal

Fastenal supports multiple transaction types. These translate to the below EDI documents.

  • 204 Motor Carrier Load Tender
  • 212 Motor Carrier Trailer Manifest
  • 214 Transportation Carrier Shipment Status
  • 810 Invoice
  • 812 Credit or Debit Adjustment
  • 816 Address Listing
  • 820 Remittance
  • 850 Purchase Order
  • 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 856 Advance Shipment Notice
  • 864 Text Message (for Invoice errors)
  • 940 Warehouse Shipping Order
  • 997 Acknowledgement
  • Branded packing slips for drop shipments
  • GS1-128 (formerly called UCC-128) barcode shipping labels

To learn more about how we implement EDI for Fastenal, contact us at +1 888-339-0722 or

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