GS1 Canada and 1SYNC today announced their decision to
enter a strategic alliance to accelerate the adoption of the Global Data Synchronization
Network (GDSN) across North America. This alliance will drive the North American
GDSN adoption for sectors such as Hardlines, Mass Merchandise, Electronics, and Office
Products by utilizing the 1SYNC Data Pool Solution.
This strategic alliance will help maximize the value of data synchronization for trading
partners. Canadian suppliers, who need to synchronize data with U.S.-based retailers
immediately, will be able to use the 1SYNC Data Pool platform. This collaboration will
also help promote continued North American data synchronization implementation and
leverage the GS1 Canada offerings to the U.S. market.
Commenting on this strategic alliance, Ron Gilbert, Director of Merchandising Systems,
Wal-Mart, U.S. said, “We are delighted with this announcement. This alliance is a win-win situation for all concerned as we will be able to synchronize with our Canadian suppliers through the GDSN and, ultimately, improve trading partner relationships and lower trading partner costs.”
GS1 Canada will continue to provide data synchronization solutions using ECCnet
Registry, Canada’s national product registry, for over 3,000 companies in the Grocery,
Foodservice, and Pharmacy sectors. As part of this alliance, GS1 Canada is expanding its implementation services to its user community.
“Our objective with this strategic alliance is to help our customers maximize the value of
their data synchronization investments and to provide them with excellent service. North
American companies will now have a clear path for all their synchronization requirements, enabled through the 1SYNC Data Pool platform. This collaborative approach will not be hindered by the U.S. – Canada border,” said Arthur Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada.
Commenting on this strategic alliance, Bob Noe, CEO, 1SYNC said, “Our aim with this
alliance is to accelerate and promote the adoption of the GDSN across North America.
This collaboration between GS1 Canada and 1SYNC strengthens our ability to maximize
the value of data synchronization for trading partners by allowing for the seamless exchange of supply chain data across North America.”