Citizen Developers…or Illegal Immigrants?

I learned at an early age – thanks to Charles Schultz’s character Linus – that there are three things never to discuss with others: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin. So, in the spirit of the Great Pumpkin, I’ll keep my political views out of this article. During last year’s presidential campaign, illegal immigration was … Continue reading “Citizen Developers…or Illegal Immigrants?”

Why Attend GS1 Connect 2017?

With spring in the air, it is time to start finalizing plans to ensure your attendance at the most important annual GDSN community gathering, GS1 Connect 2017. The focus of this event is for industry leaders to learn how to better meet today’s business challenges and position their organizations to unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Over this three-day … Continue reading “Why Attend GS1 Connect 2017?”

Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process

Several years ago The Kroger Company launched Program Mercury, a data synchronization initiative that requires suppliers to provide information about products sold in Kroger stores. Now called the Item MDM/VIP, the program continues to utilize the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and the Kroger Vendor Item Portal (VIP) to collect product item data that is … Continue reading “Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process”

Why GDSN Standards Matter

In 2004, GS1 launched the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to provide a common language and set of documents to improve the exchange of product information between trading partners. The goal was to reduce the number of individual connections used to exchange master data. To achieve this vision, standards had to be developed and agreed … Continue reading “Why GDSN Standards Matter”