Article Master Data
It is crucial for the data
relating to articles to be accurate in our operating system. The
data relates not only to pricing and discounts but also to units of
measure for inners, cartons, layers and pallets. In addition, the
GS1 barcodes (GTINs) for the respective measures must be accurate.
All changes to the article must be submitted on the Universal Buying Form (UBF) to the buyer or to
The Manager Article Master.
Article Data with
Foodstuffs and the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council Inc
(FGC) fully support this industry initiative. It was rolled out by
these two key players back in 2008, and more players in New Zealand
are recognising the benefits that GS1net can bring and carrying out
their own rollouts of GS1net.
GS1net is a data synchronisation network managed by GS1. GS1 is
a non-profit organisation that provides a common language for
international trade and commerce, primarily a series of standards
designed to improve supply chain management.
GS1net is a data pool of product information including barcode
numbers, item descriptions, dimensions, and pricing information.
GS1net represents the Australasian segment of the Global Data
Synchronisation Network (GDSN), and now leads the way in providing
systems and processes for accurate data provision across the supply
chain in industries such as Grocery, Hardware, Liquor, and
Foodstuffs is committed to data maintenance through the use of
GS1net. As part of this commitment we aim to receive new product
information, product maintenance, and price changes via GS1net from
at least 80% of our products. With over 75 Suppliers now providing
us with product and pricing data through GS1net, we are well on the
way to achieving this goal.
With a view toward making GS1net the key source of our product
data, Foodstuffs South Island has recently eliminated the need for
our GS1net Live Suppliers to supply UBFs during New Product
Presentations and for Product Changes. Through using key product
identifiers, our business in now drawing this data from GS1net for
use in our company.
Following on from the success of this initiative, we are seeking
to maximise our use of GS1net through investing in ways to remove
other manual forms and processes from our business, and through
centralising some of our key Article Master function.
When a vendor becomes GS1net READY Foodstuffs will commence the
initial data synchronisation process (Ready to Live Process) in
order to progress the supplier to a GS1net LIVE status. Once live,
a vendor is expected to perform all future data updates to item and
price information (excluding promotions) through GS1net. GS1net
must be viewed as a key Foodstuffs requirement for data
In order to get on-board with GS1net and make the most of the
opportunities for simplified data maintenance please make contact
with Ana Connor at Foodstuffs South Island and/or Cameron Frith at
The diagram on the right indicates the flow of data from your
systems to ours through GS1net.
Suppliers Achieving GS1net Live Status
With over 80 GS1net Live suppliers, we share the benefits of
synchronised product data, reducing costs and inefficiencies from
the supply chain:
manual data input
the adoption of data standards
- Improve data
- Error free
Supply Chain transactions
- Reduce the
need for unnecessary paperwork
the presentation here.
Universal Buying Form (90kb)