The 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice** is used by a manufacturer or supplier to notify a trading partner of on-hand inventory that maybe purchased such that a trading partner can take advantage of an opportunity for special buys on overstocked inventories.

What makes up the 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice document?

Elements could include vendor number, products, and number in stock, identical to a paper inventory inventory/advice document. 

How is the 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice used?

The 846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice is transmitted to the trading partner by the supplier to notify the trading partner of the inventory levels and whether there is overstock or if the supplier is understocked.

**After the EDI document has been received, a 997 Functional Acknowledgement is sent back from the transportation provider indicating the EDI document was successfully received.