GDSN is the GS1 Global Data Synchronisation Network®, built around the Global Registry, GDSN-certified data pools, the GS1 Data Quality Framework and GS1 Global Product Classification, which when combined provide a powerful environment for secure and continuous synchronisation of accurate data.
As a result, supply chain partners always have the same information in their systems, and any changes made to one organisation's database are automatically sent to all of the other organisations who do business with them.
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Every organisation in the world has a database filled with information about the products they make, or sell, or buy. These databases act very much like a catalogue that organisations can use to place orders and manage vendors. Difficulties happen when one organisation needs to change information in their database or add a new item or location to it: suddenly their "catalogue" isn't up to date anymore.Currently, supply chain partners face high costs due to problem in master data management.Synchronised data eliminates errors in data alignment between supply chain partners, which enahances supply chain efficienciy and ensures that master data is same in all systems.
In addition, globalisation of trade has generated an accelerated need for smooth inter-company flow of goods and better control of supply chain processes, which can be achieved via synchronised communication among supply chain partners.
GS1 GDSN enable data synchronisation. This in turn facilitates global trade, increases data accuracy between supply chain partners, and drives costs out of supply chains.
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The GDSN works via a network of interoperable data pools and the GS1 Global Registry to exchange data from trading partners.
Suppliers and customers willing to synchronise item, and location (party) data with each other will perform the 5 following basic steps detailed below:
- Step 1: Suppliers prepare internal data and systems to match GS1 Standards (GTIN, GLN, etc.)
- Step 2: Suppliers upload their data to a GDSN-certified source data pool of their choice (in-house or third party).
- Step 3: The data pool sends basic information about each item (or party) to the GS1 Global Registry. The GS1 Global Registry holds this information and the location of each item’s (or party’s) data pool.
- Step 4: Retailers, search the GS1 Global Registry via their chosen GDSN-certified data pool for the item(s) or party for which they want to subscribe. The GS1 Global Registry identifies the source data pool of the requested item(s) or party.
- Step 5: Using a synchronisation engine, trading partners perform the publication/subscription process. Thereafter, item (or party) information can be automatically and continuously synchronised between their respective data pools.