The significant difference between the old EANnet and new GS1net is that the latter is certified, together with more than 20 similar data pools, within the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN).
This allows accurate data to be securely shared around the world between suppliers, wholesalers, logistics operators, retailers and other data recipients through a global registry.
Over the next seven months 1,200 suppliers and hundreds of thousands of GS1-numbered items including grocery, liquor, hardware, consumer pharmaceuticals, general merchandise and office products will migrate from EANnet across to the new data pool.
Through GS1net Australian and New Zealand businesses join more than 12,500 global businesses on the GDSN and add to the more than 1.7 million Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) already registered.
GS1net is the first data pool in the GDSN to enable the secure synchronisation of price data along with other product data.
GS1net also provides Australian and New Zealand industry with additional data validation services and local data attribute support beyond current GDSN requirements.
CEO of GS1 New Zealand, Peter Stevens says: “We’re delighted to work with our sister organisation GS1 Australia to reduce the cost of data synchronisation in Australasia. This is a win-win for Aussie and Kiwi members, easing their market access across the Tasman."
The first companies to migrate from EANnet to GS1net since it went live on the 31st August 2007 are Ansell (supplier to Coles and hospitals), Nuttelex (supplier to Coles and Metcash) and Bells Pure Ice (supplier to Coles and Coles Liquor).
A number of companies have also registered directly onto GS1net the first being KCI Medical Australia, a global medical supplier.
CEO for Nuttelex Food Products, Stuart McNally says: “This week Nuttelex Food Products migrated to the new GS1net. We were happy with the prompt help and guidance provided to us by GS1 Australia which allowed us to successfully complete the transition. The on-line training scripts were comprehensive and we were pleased with the extra assistance provided over the phone. With this help Nuttelex was able to achieve a good outcome with a minimum of fuss.”
For businesses, the web-based GS1net means less paperwork, the eradication of data errors and significant savings.
Based on the GS1 System of global standards, GS1net enables trading partners at every step of the supply chain to synchronise their product data and gain secure access to product information including attributes such as: specific trading partner terms and pricing; product availability, release dates and promotional campaigns; packaging, dimensions, imaging for shelf space management; and clinical information for healthcare items.
To assist with the migration, free advice and assistance is available to all EANnet and GS1net users through GS1 Australia’s GS1net client services team (formerly the EANnet Client Services team). More in-depth services including full project management and on-site consultancy can be obtained from GS1 Australia’s professional services.
GS1 Australia advises the use of preferred solution providers, known as GS1 Australia Alliance Partners who are recognised by GS1 Australia for their quality of products, service and information.
A number of these are in the process of certifying their software products to GS1net requirements as part of the GS1net certification program – Bizcaps will be the first to complete the certification program followed by others including Leadtec Systems, Pronto Software, Pacific Commerce, Innovit, SAP, Bryn Systems, Pulse Logistics and Sterling Commerce; with more companies expected to join the program to provide greater choice to GS1net users.
Suppliers using the GS1 Browser Upload template will receive their GS1net Browser Upload template next week; and those using middleware will be advised by their solution provider as to when their GS1net compliant software will be available. All current EANnet users and new GS1net users will have access to free training on the new GS1net platform.
Migration to the new GS1net data pool is expected to be completed by the end of March 2008, at which point the EANnet service will be decommissioned after almost 6 years of operation.