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    GS1 France and 1SYNC Synchronize the French Market

    CHICAGO -- Direct standardized global data synchronization is storming the French market via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), thanks to a collaboration between GS1 France and 1SYNC.

    CHICAGO -- Direct standardized global data synchronization is storming the French market via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), thanks to a collaboration between GS1 France and 1SYNC.

    The two parties said yesterday that the collaboration enables one point of entry into the GDSN, in turn enabling global reach to trading partners by using one global data pool, and eliminating the need for trading partners to be a member of multiple data pools.

    Currently, four French retailers representing a portion of the French retail market -- Leclerc, Systeme U, Cora Hypermarkets, and Match Supermarkets -- are utilizing the interoperability connection between the GS1 France Data Pool (Parangon) and the 1SYNC Data Pool to exchange data with global suppliers including Georgia-Pacific, Vania Expansion, Nestle, and Nestle Waters.

    "Lucie has always been committed to data sync and strongly believes in the Global Data Synchronization (GDS) standards which are operational today," said Didier Chaugne, GDS project manager, Lucie, the buying organization of Systeme U and Leclerc. "We can now receive real-time benefits from this interoperability capability."

    GS1 France and 1SYNC worked together to create standards-compliant local attributes such as tax information and item invoice information that are required by the French trade in order to make this interoperability connection possible. As a result of this collaboration, thousands of new items will be added to the network and to the GS1 Global Registry, which is a single repository where core item data is registered.

    "We strongly support this effort," said Menouar Lounes, master data manager for Provera, the buying organization for Cora Hypermarkets and Match Supermarkets. "Thanks to the standards, we are now able to quickly synchronize supply chain data. This is the first phase and we are working on leveraging the recent price standards for price and promotion synchronization."

    The benefits realized by these implemented suppliers and retailers include a shortened time frame for publishing item data, reduction of manual process, and assurance of high quality data.

    "This collaboration demonstrates the readiness of the French market to synchronize its data via the GDSN," added Pierre Georget, c.e.o. of GS1 France. "It also proves that the global network enables interoperability between global (1SYNC) and local (Le Parangon) data pools. By doing so, GDSN enables the small and medium enterprises to be part of the global supply and demand chain. The key reason for this successful implementation is the commitment of the trading partners to the GS1 standards. Today, most retailers in France have active plans for GDS implementation in 2007 because they know the infrastructure is now ready."

    1SYNC is a newly-formed subsidiary of GS1 US. It offers a range of data synchronization services that were developed to eliminate costly data errors, increase supply chain efficiencies, and promote the advancement of next-generation technologies, such as the Electronic Product Code. GS1 US is a not-for-profit member organization of GS1 and is dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. 1SYNC is headquartered in Lawrenceville, N.J., with offices in the U.S., Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

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