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Hardlines

Automating processes for lower supply chain costs

Quick and efficient electronic communications have started to replace manual paper processes—including new item introduction—at many hardlines retailers. Less human error and more accurate data are helping reduce industry costs throughout the supply chain. To streamline item setup and maintenance, several major retailers are working on automating these processes and sharing information in a “common language” via the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).

GS1 US Partner Connections Program

Companies doing business with hardlines retailers are encouraged to join GS1 US through its Partner Connections program to obtain a unique company prefix. This prefix identifies a company and its products in the supply chain, enabling important data to be captured and shared with trading partners. The result: fewer out-of-stocks, more satisfied retailers, and happier customers. The identification numbers also make product traceability more accurate and efficient in the case of a product recall.

Expertise in data synchronization and product data management

A company’s product information database is like a catalogue that customers can use to place orders and manage vendors. But when one company needs to change information in their database or add a new item or location to it, suddenly their "catalogue" isn't up to date anymore, causing issues throughout the supply chain.

A GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)-certified Data Pool connects suppliers and retailers, operators, providers, distributors, and other recipients to the GS1 Global Registry. For a list of GDSN data pools, click here.

Get started with GS1 Standards

The following GS1 US programs, educational materials and events help companies in the consumer electronics industry learn more about how to adopt and use GS1 Standards:

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