The GS1net data synchronisation service from GS1 Australia is being implemented by Australia’s leading consumer electronics retailers and suppliers to pilot data synchronisation between trading partners.
The Consumer Electronics Working Action Group (CEWAG) plans to promote ecommerce in the electronics sector with GS1net data synchronisation.
Key participants in the group are retailers Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Bing Lee and Betta Electrical as well as suppliers Electrolux, Sony, Sunbeam, Canon and Panasonic.
Set up in 2009, CEWAG’s objectives include:
- Eliminating paper-based forms through the adoption of data synchronisation
- Removing manual processes
- Improving the accuracy of master data
- Reviewing the reverse logistics processes to make it more efficient
GS1net is a not-for-profit data synchronisation service from GS1 Australia that is already in application in the food and grocery, liquor, hardware as well as healthcare sectors.
GS1net assists trading partners achieve the following results:
- Improved accuracy of item master data
- Improved accuracy of orders
- Improved inventory control and inventory management
- Consistency of sell-through reports
- Consistency of item descriptions
- Increased accuracy of printed catalogues
- Lower overall supply chain costs
CEWAG’s steering committee Chair, Shane Harris of Betta Electrical said the GS1net pilot would be held in the first quarter of 2011.
Mr Harris attributes the GS1net pilot to the efforts by CEWAG’s three working groups.
The group’s eMessaging working group had completed a draft of Messaging Implementation Guidelines (MIG) for orders, order responses, order changes and dispatch advice, and will now look at eInvoicing.
The master data management workgroup had completed the data set while the reverse logistics workgroup had reviewed return-reason codes and produced a consolidated list of codes.
Through GS1 Australia, CEWAG will be involved in the work being done at a global level to improve the consumer electronics supply chain.