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Leading GS1 Initiative for 20 Years

05/02/2016

Leading GS1 Initiative for 20 Years

Ajinomoto Windsor started publishing data to the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) back in 1995 with just 2 distributors receiving the data at that time. In the past 20+ years we have grown to over 30 distributors, buying groups and brokers receiving and utilizing our product data. We currently have over 600 active products in our catalog, both branded and private label and we are 100% phase 1 and phase 2 compliant with all core, marketing and nutritional attributes. 370 of these items are published to UniPro at this time.

Product image requirements are a bit more recent, only being required in the last 2 years, but we are about 96% compliant on those as well. Needless to say, it has been a struggle getting to this point. The data in our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system was not setup conducive to the standards required by the GS1 initiative; therefore, there had to be a lot of conversion efforts in order to get the data published in the GDSN catalogs accurately. This is a never ending struggle we have as a manufacturer and I am sure other manufacturers can relate to this struggle. 

Ajinomoto Windsor has been at the forefront of GS1 compliance for several years now, even receiving a few accommodations from some of our trading partners along the way. We have a small group that has attended the annual GS1 Connect conference the past 3-4 years and will continue to do that in an effort to grow even more in the initiative. 

GS1 is releasing a major version change in May in which there will be dozens more attributes added to the catalog for us all to enjoy. Other attributes are being cleaned up and removed that may not be as relevant any longer. Ajinomoto Windsor will be working diligently with our data pool provider to make sure this is as seamless a change as possible to all of our trading partners. 

By Mick Robey, Sr. Foodservice Marketing Analyst, Ajinomoto Windsor

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