Food wholesaler Makro is mandating a new standard for supply chain data to all its suppliers.
Makro, a German-owned company with 33 outlets in the UK, has told its suppliers to sign up to the global data synchronisation (GDS) standard by the end of March and to comply with the standard by the end of the year.
GDS is a standard for sharing product data between retailers or wholesalers and their suppliers that is promoted globally by GS1.
Makro’s e-commerce manager, Philip Steedman, said, “GDS is critical to our supply chain strategy. It will ensure that changes made by our UK suppliers are automatically replicated within our own systems, improving catalogue maintenance, order management and fulfilment, and ultimately speeding up the time it takes to bring goods to market.”
Because its suppliers have yet to adopt a product data standard, Makro has to update information manually which can lead to product databases becoming unsynchronised and the wrong products being ordered, shipped, invoiced or credited.
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