Participating with the initial EANnet pilot group, Colgate-Palmolive led the Australian FMCG industry in adopting EANnet data synchronisation with major retailers like Coles and Metcash. Six years on, Colgate advances towards the new GS1net data pool to support GDSN standards for Global Data Synchronisation (GDS).
Colgate was one of the early adopters of EANnet data synchronisation in Australia. Its project team understood from the beginning that data alignment was crucial to sustaining B2B e-commerce with retailers like Coles. It was essential that any EANnet middleware be interfaced with SAP to deliver an end-to-end data management process.
In March 2008, EANnet will be decommissioned to make way for GS1net. Again, Colgate is leading the way by upgrading their internal systems and business processes to support the migration to GS1net, including the latest standards for global data synchronisation.
GS1net migration for Colgate highlighted a number of concerns.
- GS1net requirements under the GDSN framework far exceeded the functionality that existed in their current EANnet middleware (PCM) and also their core SAP system
- Colgate was live on EANnet with a number of key trading partners, including Coles. The migration process needed to be as smooth as possible so as to minimise disruption to day‑to‑day business transactions
After a detailed vendor selection process, Innovit ’s iICE system was chosen as the preferred Product Data Management (PDM) solution to support Colgate’s migration path to GS1net. Innovit was chosen for the breadth and scalability of their products, as well as their extensive experience in working with SAP users for global data synchronisation (GDS).
Colgate, in partnership with Innovit will upgrade their systems and processes to achieve a migration date during February 2008.