Data synchronisation is becoming increasingly important in the supply chain, according to GS1, the global supply chain standards organisation, which says that its Global Registry has doubled in size in one year.
The central service which contains every product within the Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) process, grew by more than a million in 2007 and now contains two million registered items.
The Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) and data synchronisation standards ensure that trade item information about a product – such as dimensions, descriptions, GTIN, – is accurate across trading partner systems at any given point in time. Over 10,000 of the world’s leading retailers and suppliers have already made the GDSN a cornerstone of their successful electronic business practice saving costs through efficiencies in logistics, accounting and inventory.
The significant increase in 2007 was equal to the number of items registered in the previous three years. The growth of registered items can be attributed to the adoption of the GDSN globally.
“GS1 has delivered a system which has met the business requirements of its users and it is great to see the increase in item registration this past year,” said Milan Turk of Procter & Gamble, Chairman of GS1 GDSN board of directors. “Achieving this usage milestone indicates that data synchronisation’s benefits are understood around the world and that the GDSN network is enabling business users.”
The growth in adoption of GDSN worldwide will be further accelerated with the certification of 6 new data pools, including: GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg, GS1 China, GS1 Croatia, GS1 Greece, GS1 Hungary and GS1 Sweden. Their certification was facilitated by the Drummond Group Inc, a leading interoperability and conformance testing company. This brings the total number of GDSN certified data pools to 26, supporting data synchronisation in over 50 countries worldwide.