International trading has always played an important role in Asian countries. In a practical business, it takes a lot of effort to get customers’ orders shipped out; however, it is even more challenging on the back-end of production. There’s potential risk which can cause continuous logistical errors. Product information errors cause a domino effect of errors resulting in invoicing and sizing errors…just to name a few. All of which result in a decrease of profits.
Since the late 2000’s, many Hardline retailers in the U.S. have requested that Asia-Pacific suppliers join the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Most recently, one of the world’s largest retailers and an Omni-channel consumer electronics retailer have requested that Asia-Pac suppliers have a GDSN subscription. Retailers who have a large influence in the Asia-Pacific markets want to receive 100% of their product information through the GDSN. As you can see, the GDSN influence is a trusted network in Asia and is growing quickly.
So how does this all work?
With new GDS (Global Data Synchronization) requirements, GDS systems check the company’s prefix and require a valid number be assigned by a GS1 Member Organization. Suppliers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for example, can then review the GS1 standards for GTIN and GLN Assignment and GTIN Allocation rules to begin leveraging GTINs and GLNs for the initial adoption of GDS.
Using the bilingual user guide and the simplified uploading tool provided by 1WorldSync’s Asia Pacific team, Mandarin users have an easy access point for GDS entry. The rapid response time to the U.S. customer can be efficiently improved by utilizing 1WorldSync’s Item Management (IM) platform. Once a supplier’s data is sentor synchronized to the retailer, both suppliers and retailers are able to work with the same data for daily operations. Furthermore, suppliers are able to simply update any attribute value on existing items. With this stable platform, the updated or modified data can be rapidly synchronized with all Trading Partners, no matter their location or to what data pool they belong.
Does 1WorldSync provide any professional support?
Yes, we have local hotlines for our customers to reach our Tokyo office for urgent issues that need immediate assistance. We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and providing the proper solutions and next steps. As we understand your pain points, we collect these needs and transform them into enhancements of our platforms.
Our dedicated support team is enriched and well guided by our U.S. professional support team who provide the training and implementation needed for successful data synchronization. We can also rapidly resolve front end issues and help facilitate communications between the source and recipients for alignment. Our Asia Pacific team can also provide your company with consultants to understand your organization’s GDSN readiness and improve your business processes for item setup and maintenance.
Does 1WorldSync support Global legislation’s?
Consumers today are able to search for product information from various sources, but the European Union (EU) has enacted EU Food Regulation 1169/2011, which is going to require that consumers have access to product information such as nutritional value, ingredients and instructions prior to purchasing pre-packed food products via distance and online sales. This is a mandatory regulation and must be clearly and accurately provided to the consumer before the point of sale. The supply chain will soon be impacted (December 13 2014) by this regulation, especially the companies which trade in Europe. The importance of having accurate product information (Ex. expiration date) has grabbed the attention of many retailers and e-tailors in Asia. In 1WorldSync’s product information cloud, our Product Risk & Compliance solutions address product risk and regulatory compliance across global supply chains (EU1169, UDI, MSDS etc.)
Personally, I am excited to be apart of this product information explosion and I’m thrilled the Asia-Pacific markets are following the global trend by learning and adopting GDSN standards. In the end, although being on the forefront can be challenging, I enjoy seeing the change, development and growth not only in Asia-Pacific markets, but globally.