Metcash and Nuttelex were the first trading partners to turn off EANnet after successfully synchronising all data on GS1net; by the end of the week Metcash was also GS1net live with Chef’s pride.
The most significant difference between the old EANnet and new GS1net is that the latter is certified within the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN).
Companies registered with GS1net join 12,500 other companies in the GDSN and add to a combined data pool of more than 1.7 million items.
“We are pleased with what we have achieved. This is a milestone for the grocery industry, and will continue to ensure the integrity of both static and pricing data received from our trading partners benefiting Metcash internally and the independent retailers we host support data to,” said Michael Haire, General Manager E Data Administration for Metcash.
Maria Palazzolo, CEO for GS1 Australia said, “We have had confirmation that GS1net is the first data pool, of more than 20 global data pools within the GDSN, to go live with price synchronisation. This is something all Australia and New Zealand can be proud of as it signifies our continuing leadership regarding the exchange of quality data between trading partners.”
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 and imaging for shelf space management.
GS1net officially went LIVE on Friday 31st August with a planned migration process scheduled over the next seven months for all Coles and Metcash suppliers to move item data from EANnet to GS1net.
Metcash and Coles have been involved with EANnet, and now GS1net, since day one. The two meet regularly with GS1 Australia to present the value of data synchronisation using GS1 standards to the grocery and liquor community.
“We have proven that GS1net protocols work. Our next task is to encourage all our suppliers to get onboard and to replace the Universal Buying Forms (UBF) with data exchange through GS1net,” said Haire.
To assist with the migration, free advice and assistance is available to all EANnet and GS1net users through GS1 Australia’s 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.
Stuart McNally, CEO for Nuttelex food products, said, “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.”
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, such as Bizcaps, Leadtec Systems, Pronto Software, Pacific Commerce, Innovit, SAP, Bryn Systems, Pulse Logistics and Sterling Commerce; with more companies expected to join, providing even greater choice to GS1net users.
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.
Suppliers using the existing GS1 EANnet Browser Upload template now have access to the new GS1net Browser Upload template, available to download from the web 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.