GS1net Data Synchronisation for Hardware
The Hardware GS1 Action Group (HGAG) would like to announce the launch of a new initiative for the retail hardware sector that is designed to provide timely and accurate product information and assist in delivering significant efficiency gains to retailers and suppliers alike. This new initiative is GS1net, an electronic product data synchronisation tool. Designed as a whole-of-industry registry for all products sold in the Australian and New Zealand hardware sector, GS1net will become the preferred source of item master data for hardware retailers seeking to purchase goods from suppliers. The objective of GS1net is to ensure better overall data integrity throughout the industry sector. The ability to store and share accurate, complete and up-to-date data on hardware products between suppliers and their trading partners is a critical, foundational component within the hardware sector. Without accurate product information, the full benefits to be gained by implementing integrated Business to Business processes will not be possible. The HGAG has worked closely with GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand to ensure the hardware sectorâ€™s data requirements are incorporated into GS1net. GS1net is a data synchronisation service offered by GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand. In simple terms GS1net is a database of product specifications hosted by GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand on behalf of its members. Electronic Data Synchronisation via GS1net has been used within the Grocery sector for a number of years, with the number of industry sectors using GS1net increasing to include Health, Automotive Aftermarket, Liquor and now Hardware.