Synchronization is the key to improving supply chain efficiency for the Hardlines industry
Data Sync Direct is fully aligned with the requirements and supporting attributes for the Hardlines and DIY industry to support full GDSN participation. LANSA is working directly with GS1 member organisations worldwide to help promote the adoption of GDSN in this emerging sector.
All across the supply chain, efficient online transactions and communications are replacing manual paper processes, which includes new item introduction at many hardlines and DIY retailers. More accurate data and less human intervention in everyday processes are helping to reduce costs and increase efficiency throughout the entire supply chain. The adoption of GS1 standards and the use of the Global Data Synchronization Network facilitate these improvements.
The result: fewer out-of-stocks, more satisfied retailers, and happier customers. The GS1 identification numbers (GTINs) also make product traceability more accurate and efficient in the case of a product recalls.
What are the benefits?
In operational terms:
At the tactical level:
In strategic terms:
In a Hardlines scenario Data Sync Direct is implemented in the same way as any other retailer environment, using the standard 2-tier process – supplier publishes (supply-side) and the retailer subscribes (demand-side). As with all Data Sync Direct implementations, the consumption and publication of product information can be point-point as well as via the GDSN.
For maximum efficiency and benefit it is recommended that all trading partners use the GDSN to ensure data quality through the use of GS1 standards. In the case of Lowe's this is a mandatory requirement. See the diagram below.
GS1 Member organisations across the world are driving these initiatives in their respective territories. Some examples of action currently being taken are:
The organisation spearheading GDSN in the Americas and Canada for the Hardlines community is Lowe's. For Lowe's the end goal of the data sync process is to synchronize 100% of the product data for every item supplied by a vendor. Lowe's US has, for a number of years, leveraged their Product Content Management application to enable the receipt and maintenance of complete and accurate Master Product Data from the vendor community. The application houses both Core Product Data and Extended Marketing Data including product information and images. The benefits include the ability to replace complex manual data entry in support of faster, more accurate product introduction, and the collection of additional data attributes for additional selling solutions.
Data Sync direct has been selected by Lowe's as a recommended solution for providing behind-the-firewall product information management and GDSN connectivity for Lowe's suppliers. Solution Providers selected by Lowe's were evaluated based on their technical capabilities, customer service and data performance.
As a neutral and independent party, GS1 Netherlands is fully supporting and encouraging the do-it-yourself and garden industry to ensure the initiative actually leaves the ground, but realizing of course that the players themselves decide where the priorities lie.
Together with the leading players in the industry, GS1 Netherlands is supporting the following projects:
GS1 Netherlands is consulting with decision makers in the market, where the key business needs are, providing solutions, obtaining commitment, setting goals and ensuring sector-wide implementation.
LANSA has been invited to participate in this initiative, as Data Sync Direct is an ideal solution to enable hardlines suppliers to quickly and efficiently participate.
Together with the leading players in the industry, GS1 Germany is supporting the following projects referring to the guiding idea to improve the cooperation between Retailers and Suppliers through adoption of the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) concept:
GS1 Germany is consulting with decision makers in the market, where the key business needs are, providing solutions, obtaining commitment, setting goals and ensuring sector-wide implementation.
Visit: www.gs1-germany.de/gs1-consult/beratung/branchen for more information about the DIY + Garden sector.