This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Purchase Order Acknowledgment Transaction Set (855) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment.  The transaction set can be used to provide for customary and established business and industry practice relative to a seller’s acknowledgment of a buyer’s purchase order.  This transaction set can also be used as notification of a vendor generated order.  This usage advises a buyer that a vendor has or will ship merchandise as prearranged in their partnership.


Outbound: The customer is more likely to buy knowing they will receive the correct quantity on time.

Inbound: Knowing promptly about short/late shipments allows time to demand better performance or find another vendor.