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With continuous growth over the years,
the GS1 Global Data Synchronisation
Network (GDSN) has reached a
landmark 15 million global trade items.
GS1, a non-profit, global organisation that
develops and maintains the most widely-used
supply chain standards system in the world and
a leader in facilitating efficient global business,
has announced that its GS1 Global Registry has
reached 15 million product items.
The GS1 Global Registry is a directory
operated by GS1 that allows companies to
synchronise standardised product data with
trading partners worldwide. It is one of the
most essential tools within the GS1 GDSN,
which provides a powerful environment for
secure and continuous synchronisation of
accurate data between businesses.
"Increased speed to market, improved
accuracy, and a more efficient supply chain were
the main reasons for our adoption of global data
synchronisation. GDSN not only means that we
and our trading partners are using the same data,
but GS1 has also given us the data quality that we
are looking for," commented Roman Coba, chief
information officer at McCain Foods Limited.
The 15 million product
When GS1 first launched its GDSN in October
2004, there were only 74,000 items shared
among trading partners in 13 countries, in the
Today, over 25,000 companies have made the
GS1 GDSN a cornerstone of their supply chain
initiatives in more than 150 countries across
multiple industry sectors. GDSN is also being
used to bring value to new business processes
that were not envisioned ten years ago, demon-
strating that many global data synchronisation
users are implementing GS1 standards in new
ways, such as regulatory registration compliance.
Since hitting the 10 million mark in 2012,
GS1 has also seen an increase of use of global
data synchronisation in the healthcare sector
with nearly 1 million items in the Global Registry,
mainly for medical devices, in the frame of
the US FDA Unique Device Identification rule.
Organisations that have implemented the
technology have improved on-shelf availability
and made their logistics, accounting, customer
service and inventory management substantially
more efficient by reducing the number of supply
chain disruptions with accurate product data.
"The 15 million item milestone indicates
the ever-growing success of GDSN as well as
demonstrating data quality standards going
from strength to strength globally. In the last two
years, many organisations have recognised the
benefits of scale that adoption of GDSN brings
to their business processes, which showcases
the advantages of the uptake of GS1 standards,"
said Maria Palazzolo, GS1 Australia's CEO.
GS1net -- GS1 Australia's data
In March 2014, GS1 Australia entered into
a multi-year contract with certified data-pool
provider 1WorldSync to provide the Australian
and New Zealand markets with a new, 'next gen-
eration' platform for the enhanced delivery of the
GS1net Australasia GDSN certified data pool.
GS1net is GS1 Australia's data synchronisa-
tion system for the Australian and New Zealand
markets, allowing businesses to exchange stan-
dardised supply chain data with their trading
partners. It is a comprehensive implementation
of item and pricing synchronisation.
GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand have
enjoyed a successful uptake of GS1net. GS1net
is currently the 3rd largest data pool with over
800,000 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN)
from 1750 GS1net user organisations across
sectors including grocery, foodservice, liquor,
healthcare, hardware and office products and
Growing demand for data
Looking forward, past this 15 million uptake
landmark, GS1 expects to see an overall
increase in the use of GDSN in several differ-
ent industries, such as healthcare, retail, food
service and many more. There will be a growing
demand for data around how a product is deliv-
ered to market, including handling instructions,
traceability attributes, nutrition information, reg-
ulatory compliance and classification.
Demand for more visible data, such as
nutritional information and product specification,
will increase dramatically, driven by regulations,
consumers, and the growth of multi-channel
shopping. Adopting an industry standard
solution like GDSN would be the answer to
For further information on the GS1net
data synchronisation service contact the GS1
Australia Data Services Support Team on
1300 BARCODE (1300 227 263).
GLOBAL REGISTRY REACHES
15 MILLION ITEMS
"GS1 expects to see an overall increase in the use
of GDSN in several different industries, such as
healthcare, retail, food service, and many more."
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