What happens after I sign up?

1. Contact: A Vaimo representative will make contact in order to discuss and validate that our GS1 connector can help automate your processes. This will be an online meeting where we map your current processes and understand how we can integrate with your systems in order to fully automate the sending and receiving information to and from GS1.

2. Implementation & license cost: Based on our discussions and your requirements, we will be able to give you a price estimate for implementing and using the Connector.

3. Project planning: Together with your local Vaimo representative, we will plan when to start the implementation process.

4. Continuous follow ups: The GS1 database is revised every 6 months, and we will also make sure to re-map any fields and ensure you stay GS1 compliant. Our services also include consultation around any matter regarding GS1.

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The GS1 standard was created to increase operational efficiency, improve data accuracy, enhance customer satisfaction, and enable access to global markets. One unified way of describing products that will eliminate a lot of inefficiency is a beautiful theory.

However, the reality for many companies trying to comply with this standardized way of describing products, is that it is very time consuming. On top of this, requirements may vary for different markets and also change over time as GS1 is updating their data model regularly.

The overall feeling for many companies is, therefore, that it is complex to keep up with all requirements of GS1. Many companies only use Excel, which may not be enough to handle all dimensions in an easy and efficient way.

Vaimo’s new connector, which maps Akeneo PIM with the GS1 Standard to push validated information over certified GDSN data hubs, will eliminate all complexity by fully automating and handling all markets and classifications. The PIM system will help keep track of the required information and highlight what is missing. Once completed, this information will be pushed. If anything is changed, this information will also be pushed automatically.

The connector is build on Vaimo’s Connectmach microservices framework, and developed in cooperation with certified GDSN data pools. The team that will help our clients implement this solution has many years of experience working with GS1.

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What is GS1?

  • Global standards: GS1 is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to developing and maintaining standards for supply chain management.
  • Unique identification: It provides unique identification codes like barcodes and Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) used worldwide by businesses to uniquely identify products, locations, and assets.
  • Efficiency boost: These standards enable efficient and accurate tracking, tracing, and sharing of information throughout the supply chain, saving time and reducing errors.
  • Historical significance: Originating in the 1950s, GS1 emerged during a crucial period for the US grocery industry, revolutionizing inventory management and transactional efficiency.
  • Barcode association: GS1 is primarily recognized for its association with barcodes, playing a vital role in empowering modern supply chains to effortlessly identify and monitor products as they journey through various stakeholders.
  • Global presence: With operations spanning over 100 countries and millions of member companies across diverse industries, GS1’s standards serve as a universal language connecting buyers and sellers worldwide.
  • Continuous growth: The GS1 Registry Platform growth continues, with the possibility to use Verified by GS1 to check the identity of over 200 million products.
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The top 5 benefits of complying with the GS1 standard

GS1 standards enable seamless communication and data exchange between trading partners, streamlining supply chain processes.
By using standardized product identification codes (such as GTINs), companies can accurately track products from manufacturing to distribution, reducing errors and delays.

Adhering to GS1 standards ensures that product data is consistently formatted and structured, reducing the risk of errors and discrepancies.
High-quality, standardized data improves decision-making processes, enhances inventory management, and minimizes costly mistakes.

GS1 standards provide a framework for maintaining comprehensive visibility and traceability throughout the supply chain.
Companies can track product movement in real-time, enabling faster response to recalls, reducing counterfeiting risks, and enhancing overall product safety and security.

Standardized product identification and labeling improve the accuracy of product information available to consumers.
Consistent labeling and packaging enable easier product identification and comparison, leading to greater customer trust and satisfaction.

GS1 standards are recognized and used globally, facilitating international trade and market access.
By complying with GS1 standards, companies can ensure interoperability with trading partners worldwide, opening up opportunities for expansion into new markets and increasing competitiveness on a global scale.

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The Vaimo GSI Connector for Akeneo

As the significance of the GS1 standard continues to grow within our client base, we’re excited to unveil this innovative microservice designed to streamline our clients’ operations. Currently, our clients spend valuable time manually navigating the intricacies of the GDSN network. With the GS1 Connector, we’re poised to eliminate countless hours of manual labor from day one.

By adopting GS1 standards, businesses position themselves at the vanguard of a connected and collaborative ecosystem, facilitating the effortless exchange of highly accurate data with minimal effort.

The GS1 Connector is primed to debut on the Akeneo marketplace, with early access opportunities available through pre-registration. Reserve your spot now by scheduling a meeting with Tommy. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your operations.

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Meet Akeneo

Akeneo is a leading Product Information Management (PIM) platform, empowering businesses to centralize, enrich, and distribute product data across multiple channels and touchpoints. With its intuitive interface and robust features, Akeneo streamlines the process of managing product information, ensuring accuracy, consistency, and relevance. From ecommerce retailers to manufacturers and distributors, Akeneo revolutionizes product data management, enabling organizations to deliver exceptional customer experiences and drive business growth.

Vaimo is proud to be an Akeneo Diamond Solution Partner. Read more about how we work with Akeneo below.

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Meet Tommy Essenholm, Vaimo’s Head of Sales and Business Development, PIM

Tommy, Vaimo’s seasoned PIM specialist, boasts an extensive track record spanning over a decade in the field. Tommy has been a driving force behind Vaimo’s market-leading microservices framework, Connectmach, that enables Vaimo clients to connect different platforms or databases to create truly composable architecture.

Tommy says, “We are super excited to launch this connector enabling all Akeneo clients to automatically syndicate GS1 compliant information over the GDSN network. We know that this is a big pain point for many clients and we hope to be able to eliminate a lot of inefficiencies with this microservice.”

The Connectmach GS1 microservice is a SaaS product that works via APIs and maps any Akeneo data model to the GS1 standard. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tommy and the team; they like to be challenged!

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