The GS1 GDSN is the world's largest product data network.

GS1 GDSN makes it possible for any company, in any market, to share high-quality product information seamlessly. Because companies of all sizes need the same thing—timely and reliable product information—to ultimately benefit consumers and patients.

How GS1 Global Data Synchronisation Network works

With GS1 GDSN, high quality product content is uploaded, maintained and shared automatically, ensuring trading partners have immediate access to the most current and complete information needed to exchange products on both local and global markets.

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GS1 GDSN and the GS1 Global Data Model

Your product content in the GS1 GDSN network will follow the GS1 Global Data Model standard, helping to create a seamless shopping experience across every channel.

The GS1 Global Data Model defines a globally consistent set of foundational product attributes needed to list, store, move and sell your products. By simplifying and harmosing the exchange of product data around the world, the GS1 Global Data Model increases operational efficiency for brand owners and retailers and improves data accuracy and completeness for consumers.

In South Africa, the Global Data Synchronisation Network has two elements

  1. 1WorldSync

    The portal for loading, registering and publishing your product data, 1WorldSync is a certified data pool that GS1 South Africa partnered with. The platform is cloud-based and conforms to all the GDSN standards. As the standards are amended to meet new demands from industry, the platform changes to accommodate new fields and functionality.

  2. The Enriched data platform

    Which is the local front end of GDSN hosted by GS1 South Africa. This is a browsing tool that offers users the functionality of enriching products with images & information like descriptions, ingredients & allergens. This tool also allows for the instant viewing of which products have been accepted/rejected. Full reports can also be accessed through this tool.

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