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    GS1 Releases Data Quality Framework

    BRUSSELS, Belgium and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- GS1, the not-for-profit organization that develops global standards for the identification of goods and services across supply chains, yesterday issued the GS1 Data Quality Framework, which includes a best-practice protocol for companies to establish, implement, maintain, and improve their data quality management systems.

    BRUSSELS, Belgium and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- GS1, the not-for-profit organization that develops global standards for the identification of goods and services across supply chains, yesterday issued the GS1 Data Quality Framework, which includes a best-practice protocol for companies to establish, implement, maintain, and improve their data quality management systems.

    GS1 and Global Commerce Initiative (GCI), in addition to supplier, retailer, and trade group representatives, collaborated to create the framework.

    Among the suppliers on the team were the Campbell Soup Co., General Mills, Georgia Pacific, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, SCA, and Unilever, while Carrefour, Royal Ahold, Tesco, and Wegmans Food Markets represented the retailers. Contributing trade associations were AIM-European Brand Association, CIES (The Food Business Forum), Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Europe, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

    Complete, consistent, accurate, time-stamped, and industry standards-based data is essential to collaborative commerce and global data synchronization. The GS1 Data Quality Framework incorporates a data quality management system to validate the existence and effectiveness of critical data management business processes. Additionally, it offers several options to demonstrate compliance, by offering rules for self-declaration and an inspection procedure to physically validate product attributes. Improving the quality of data helps trading partners lower costs, boost productivity, and increase the speed to market of new products.

    "The challenge we faced as a team was to develop a framework that would meet today's and tomorrow's data quality needs," Ahold president Ruud van der Pluijm, co-chairman of the framework initiative, noted in a statement. "In producing the GS1 Data Quality Framework, we were very mindful of both current opportunities, and data quality considerations that will drive future collaborative commerce."

    Added Dave Hutchings, senior director, B2B of Kraft Foods: "The model is based on the premise that trading partners should choose the data quality approach that best meets the needs of their trading partner relationship. We are encouraging widespread usage of the protocol because improved data quality will result from compliance."

    According to GS1 president and c.e.o. Miguel A. Lopera: "The strength and usefulness of the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network is dependent upon accurate data. The publication and widespread use of the protocols detailed in this framework will help ensure that trading partners exchange the most accurate data possible. It's another terrific example of GS1 leading collaborative efforts to improve the supply chain."

    Formed in 2004 from the joining together of EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, Inc (UCC), GS1 oversees the updating and publication of the Data Quality Framework and provides overall stewardship. The framework also supports the GS1 System standards for measurement tolerances. The 104 member organizations of GS1 will leverage it in the data quality services they provide their customers globally.

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