GS1 Australia has entered into a multi-year agreement with 1WorldSync, the global leader in product information management and data pool solutions.
This contract will provide the GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand supplier and data recipient user base with a new ‘next generation’ platform for the enhanced delivery of the GS1net Australasia data pool, part of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN).
This major announcement follows the successful deployment of GS1net Webforms, which was developed over many months by GS1 Australia in association with 1WorldSync as an optional frontend data loading tool for GS1net suppliers.
According to GS1 Australia’s CEO Maria Palazzolo, working with 1WorldSync for the development of GS1net Webforms to enhance the GS1net user experience allowed them to familiarise themselves with the 1WorldSync platform, and the extended benefits their total solutions would offer their data pool user base.
GS1net is GS1 Australia’s data synchronisation solution for the Australian and New Zealand markets, allowing businesses to exchange standardised supply chain data with their trading partners.
GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand have enjoyed a successful uptake of GS1net in offering a GDSN solution. GS1net is currently the 3rd largest data pool with over 1670 GS1net users, with the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) count approaching 700,000.
1WorldSync considers this decision a milestone in further growing its footprint in Asia Pacific. Nihat Arkan, CEO of 1WorldSync comments that working with GS1 Australia in the region and with new, dedicated data centre facilities deployed in Australia and Japan, 1WorldSync will be able to provide organisations real-time high performance access to trading partners worldwide.
The new 1WorldSync tailored GDSN solution will take the GS1net user base well into the future, providing suppliers and data recipients with greater functionality and usability, which has already been successfully leveraged from the GS1net Webforms implementation.
John Hearn, GS1 Australia’s General Manager, Data Services explains that the new data synchronisation engine and the new web approvals features will give their data recipients additional functionality for managing suppliers’ data feeds including those from other GDSN data pools.
The first phase of the deployment will involve migrating over 70 data recipients between February and October 2015, with no impact on their data flows. The second phase will include the migration of all suppliers to the new infrastructure in November 2015, once again with no disruption to the user base. Customers using GS1 Australia’s certified middleware solutions will not be impacted either and can continue to enjoy seamless integration into GS1net via their middleware solutions provider.