AnviLink™ FAQs

Anvil answers your piping and design questions.

Q1: What is AnviLink™?

AnviLink is a comprehensive e-services package developed by Anvil International, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of pipe fittings, hangers and grooved piping products. Designed to meet the specific ordering needs of distributors, AnviLink incorporates the latest in IT technology, including:

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Q2: What are the benefits of AnviLink?

AnviLink increases efficiency with faster order processing and the elimination of duplicate processes. The accuracy of electronic transmissions also reduces entry errors, ensuring that only the correct product is shipped. Finally, AnviLink shifts the burden of replenishment orders on to Anvil, freeing your staff to spend more time on core activities and less on filling orders.

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Q3: What is EDI?

EDI allows trading partners to exchange documents without changing internal applications. EDI translation software converts the language into a usable format for each partner. EDI technology is not proprietary, thus providing the user the ability to communicate electronically with unlimited partners.

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Q4: What is VMI?

VMI is an ordering program based on communication of key inventory data between the wholesaler and the supplier. VMI also improves your inventory turn and service level while reducing inventory costs, processing costs and stock-outs. This electronic exchange of data also results in more accurate and efficient orders for the wholesaler.

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Q5: Does this mean I’ll lose control of my orders? Will I be locked exclusively into Anvil?

Not at all. When you use AnviLink, you always have the final say on every order and order amount. The software determines a minimal stock level of each product, based on your historical data and your specified parameters, which you can review and adjust at any time. Also, AnviLink covers only your Anvil product inventory and does not restrict your ability to purchase products from other vendors.

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Q6: Could you give me an example of how AnviLink works in day-to-day transactions?

For ordinary stock orders, the process is quite simple. At the end of each day, your computer system sends an EDI transaction to the AnviLink VMI engine, containing product activity data for all items that have experienced a change. This data contains the item-by-item activity, including the item number and quantity, as well as the type of change in the inventory.

The VMI engine runs this data in relation to your pre-established parameters and generates a suggested order amount for inventories that need to be replenished. This suggested order continues to build on a daily basis until the predetermined conditions for shipment are met, whatever those conditions may be. You may then review the suggested order and adjust it, although this will be a rare occurrence. The VMI process renders ordinary stock orders as hands-off as possible.

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Q7: What if an unusual order causes me to completely sell out of a product?

If an event causes inventory levels to fall below your specified minimum, or if you were to unexpectedly sell out your inventory of an item, AnviLink immediately sends an overnight shipment of that item in order to bring it back up to its minimum stock level.

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Q8: How much historical data should my company have for AnviLink to be effective?

AnviLink is a progressive database, so there really is no prerequisite amount. As the system accumulates more and more historical data over time, it develops an ever-more precise and comprehensive view of your optimum inventory. In short, the longer you implement the system, the more accurate and complete each order becomes.

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Q9: What is the first step?

You and Anvil synchronize your data for every item you buy or might buy from Anvil. You then provide Anvil with historical data for each item regarding sales and demand points. Finally, you specify your parameters in areas such as shipment frequency, current inventory, minimum levels, maximum levels, etc. AnviLink combines these two data groups and determines a minimal stock level for each item, which you can adjust at any time.

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