A message used for supply chain execution and logistics, the advance ship notice or advance
shipping notice (ASN) is an alert or notification of pending deliveries, with similar in
information provided by the packing list and/or bill of lading. The advance shipping notice is
sent in electronic format and is a common EDI document with various different names. It is
called the EDI 856 document in the EDI X12 system and the EDIFACT equivalent is the DESADV
(Dispatch Advice) message in EDIFACT.
A bill of lading for air transport, which serves as a receipt for the shipper, indicates that the
carrier has accepted the goods listed, and obligates the carrier to carry the consignment to the
destination, according to specified conditions.
A barcode or bar code is a method of representing data in a visual, machine-readable form.¹ In
simple terms detailed information is condensed from numbers and characters into a series lines
or symbols that can be automatically translated into their full meaning by a barcode scanner or