What is Data Synchronization?

Data synchronization is the electronic transfer of product information between trading partners and the continuous synchronization of that data over time. The GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is a synchronization method for GS1-standards based data is that is exchanged via a central global repository known as the GS1 Global Registry.

What is the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)?

The GDSN is an automated, standards-based global environment that enables secure and continuous data synchronization of product information. This allows all trading partners to have consistent item data in their systems at the same time, ensuring that all parties in the supply chain are working with the same data. The GDSN helps to save time and money for all organizations by eliminating steps to correct inaccurate data. The GDSN is comprised of the GS1 Global Registry and a network of interoperable, certified data pools that enable data synchronization aligned with the GS1 system of standards.
More information on the GDSN can be found here: https://www.gs1.org/gdsn

What are the benefits of synchronizing data through the GDSN?

  • Reduces data errors between trading partners
  • Allows for real-time item attribute maintenance and updates
  • Ensures logistics information including size, dimensions, and weight are accurate and received at the each, case, warehouse pack, and pallet levels
  • Provides accurate, standards-based, synchronized data that reduces inefficiencies in the supply chain
  • Enables accurate data exchange from many data sources to many recipient parties with a single entry.

Is data synchronization an Information Technology (IT) function?

Data Synchronization is a business process that uses technology to enable implementation.

How much does implementing data synchronization cost?

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How do I connect to GDSN?

You have to register as a GS1 member, get your company prefix (GCP), identify your products with GTIN and register for GLN.

What is a GS1 Company Prefix?

A GS1 Company Prefix is a globally unique number assigned to companies by GS1 Member Organizations (MOs). The GS1 Company Prefix serves as the foundation for every GS1 identifier created, like a GTIN or a GLN. It is obtained when you register as a GS1 member.

What is a GLN?

GLN is an acronym for “Global Location Number” and refers to the globally unique GS1 identification number for legal entities, functional entities, and physical locations. Supply-side trading partner locations generally include corporate headquarters, regional offices, warehouses, plants, and distribution centers.

What is a GTIN?

GTIN is an acronym for “Global Trade Item Number” and refers to the globally unique GS1 identification number for trade items (i.e., anything that can be priced, ordered, or invoiced in the supply chain).

What information is shared over the Global Data Synchronization Network?

You will be supplying the master data attributes of the product in question.

What is Master Data?

Master Data are attributes (or a description) of an item such as a product, location, asset, logistic unit, person etc. that the Identification Key uniquely represents. Examples of Master Data in Healthcare are things like Name, Strength, Generic name etc.