Confused about EDI?

EDI Experts

Get the knowledge to choose the right EDI solution for your business.

Register for our FREE Webinar

Call 1.877.334.9650 to Register

Get the EDI 101 Guide!

Beginners Guide

Get a handle on the what, why
and how of electronic data interchange.

Request the 101 Guide


EDI Services

Already have EDI Software or don't want to handle it in-house yourself? Learn more about:

EDI/PX - Web-Based EDI
Managed EDI
EDI Professional Services

EDI 864

EDI 864 Text Message:

The EDI 864 Transaction Set is the electronic equivalent of a Text Message. This transaction is designed for the transmission of various communications in a human-readable form, rather than for computer processing.

Information transmitted via the 864 may include simple messages, contracts, explanations, etc. An 864 document includes:
  • Message date and time
  • Recipient identifying information (to ensure the message is delivered properly)
  • Free-form message text
Because of the free-form text format, the 864 is a very flexible transaction. This allows companies to use it for a variety of purposes, such as sending notifications to vendors, suppliers or other trading partners.

The 864 transaction was designed for one-time communications. However, some businesses have adopted its use for regular, periodic communications of certain information for which no other specific transaction set exists, such as for providing updated store or distribution center location information.

Need help mapping your EDI data? Need assistance integrating with enterprise or vertical applications such as accounting, warehouse management, and more? 1EDISource can help meet your integration and mapping needs with our Professional Services. Contact 1EDISource today to discuss your specific needs.

EDI 864 Format:

ISA*00*          *00*          *12*4405197800     *01*999999999      *111219*1731*-*00406*000143287*0*P*>
MSG*                         ABC CORP EDI INVOICE ERRORS      EDIT DATE:2011-12-18*NP
MSG* TXT NBR: 999994627                REPORTED TO:              EDIT TIME:18:44:52*SS
MSG*                                1 EDI SOURCE*SS
MSG*                             SENDER ID: 4405197800*SS
MSG*        PAID.*SS
MSG*  999999                ED05  INVALID STORE NUMBER RECEIVED*SS

EDI 864 Specification:

This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data content of the Text Message Transaction Set (864) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used to provide users with a capability to electronically move messages, contracts, explanations, and other one-time communications. It is the intent of this transaction set to provide electronic communication (messages) for people, not for computer processing. The use of the transaction set to transmit quasi or unique transaction set standards is discouraged. The use of the Text Message transaction set demands of the sender certain detailed information about the recipient. The transaction set's purpose is to provide communication to the recipient in some human-readable form. The recipient's network will dictate what capabilities are available for delivery of the information. It is the responsibility of the sender to obtain this information and include it in the transmission.

Accredited Standards Committee X12. ASC X12 Standard [Table Data].
Data Interchange Standards Association, Inc., Falls Church, VA.

EDI 864 News:

Importance of the 864 Message Text

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Many Vendors do not understand the importance or need for the 864 Message Text sent by their Trading Partner.

This particular transaction is used to provide the Vendor with many different types of updates that a Trading Partner is implementing. By using the Message Text, it is an easy way to send the information to all without the use of e-mail.

JCPenney - New Liquidation Store Opening

Thursday, September 02, 2010

We are very excited to announce that we are opening a new store this fall in Louisville, KY. In order to make the opening go as smoothly as possible, we will be sending orders for the new store to an existing store (3009) so they can pre-mark the goods and make them floor ready. Closer to store opening, we will change the address back to the actual store address and start sending goods to the new store.

Supplier ID: 144378

Notice - Important changes regarding the Family Dollar 864 EDI transaction

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

As part of the Family Dollar migration to a single EDI translator, the current 864 transaction will have a change in Sender ID effective on 10/15/09.

EDI Conversion Deadline for Loblaw Companies

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Loblaw Companies announced today important changes required for all of their Trading Partners and Vendors to continue to do business with them. These changes will begin to be in effect September 29, 2008.

Bed Bath and Beyond Trading Partner Update

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bed Bath & Beyond and Harmon Stores are requiring all of our trading partners to become AS2 compliant. If you are AS2 capable, please set up a testing date. If you are not AS2 capable, please contact your EDI software or service provider to become AS

Page Title: Learn about the EDI 864 Text Message