Data quality and global harmonization with GDSN 3.1.19

The GS1 Global Data Model is used to harmonize and streamline the exchange of product data worldwide.

On May 21, there will be a large standard release of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and GS1 Trade Item Information. GDSN version 3.1.19 affects many users, as Sweden is taking a big step towards global harmonization of data and increased product data quality.

GS1 Global Data Model implemented

At the beginning of 2022, GS1 Sweden became compliant with the GS1 Global Data Model. This is a new global data model that plays an important role in data quality within GDSN.

Following the global data model is an important step towards data harmonization with the rest of the world. Brand owners and retailers now have an increased opportunity to;

  • more complete information to consumers,
  • more efficient data exchange,
  • higher data quality,

… and also better efficiency in the operational work with trade item information and new opportunities to sell products to several selected markets.

In GS1 Trade Item Information version 3.1.19, attributes and codes will both be added and replaced to become more consistent with GS1 Global Data Model.

Working for a common business language that creates more global harmonization for our customers is a driving force every day for us at GS1 Sweden.

Lena Grönlund, Product Manager at GS1 Sweden

New opportunities for multiple industries

The update of GDSN and GS1 Trade Item Information contains a large set of 24 new attributes and new or changed code values as well as validation rules to ensure high data quality.

This means new opportunities for more data and this affects suppliers and brand owners who manage information about eg. groceries, alcoholic beverages, beauty and fruit & vegetables.

Basic attributes in the cosmetics industry

The Swedish beauty industry, with Axbeautyhouse at the forefront, has begun its connection to GDSN and standardized article information in 2022. In the update to GDSN 3.1.19, the basic attributes for cosmetics are now available for the Swedish market.

We see a strong need in the beauty industry for a common management process of all item information in the flow of goods and in the sales channels. Together with GS1 Sweden, we are now implementing more efficient and correct management of product information and this will save time in the entire value chain..

Johanna Sjöborg, CCO at Axbeautyhouse

Fruit & Vegetables get new attributes for classification

Fruit & Vegetables gets three new global attributes concerning classification , scientific name and variants . Anyone who manufactures or sells fresh food and flowers can now get better help in meeting legal requirements for classification and providing consumers with more and better information.

In release 3.1.19, we implement three new attributes in Sweden from the global standard for the industries fresh fruit & vegetables and flowers. These attributes make it possible to share high-quality product information with a common business language that creates value for suppliers, retailers and consumers.

Marcus Karlsson, Team Leader Master Data at ICA Gruppen

More consumer information on alcoholic beverages

Brand owners and retailers of alcoholic beverages have been given several new attributes to look forward to. For example T4322 Sweetness level for alcoholic beverage, code and T4316 Storage time for alcoholic beverage . This means that companies are helped to provide more consumer-friendly information in store and online.

Deleted and replaced attributes and code values

For the first time since 2016, certain attributes and code values have been removed and replaced by other attributes, which means adjustments for you as a user. Attributes that have been removed and replaced during the version update are:

T4031 Free from marking, code and T4028 Allergy / diet marking, code

The current Free from label (T4031) and Allergy / diet label (T4028) are deleted and replaced by four new attributes;

  • Is the statement marked on the packaging (T4311)
  • Type of claim (T4313)
  • Subject matter of claim, code (T4314)
  • Is the diet type marked on the packaging? (T4312)

With the new solution, you can specify whether a statement or type of diet is indicated on the package or not.

T0187 Type of Data Carrier

Current Type of Data Carrier (T0187) is removed and replaced by;

  • Type of Data Carrier (T4310) that will define which barcode / data carrier is printed on the packaging.

T5038 Declaration of Origin

The current Declaration of Origin (T5038) is deleted and replaced by Area of Origin (T4202) . Guidance in the Manual that you previously found under Declaration of Origin has now been moved to Area of Origin .

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