Loblaw Companies Limited synchronizes data with its trading partners using ECCnet registry Loblaw Companies Limited synchronizes data with its trading partners using ECCnet registry
 
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Loblaw Companies Limited synchronizes data with its trading partners using ECCnet registry
Vendors focus on improving data integrity

March 30, 2004 – ECCC is pleased to announce that Canada’s leading Grocery retailer, Loblaw Companies Limited, has achieved data synchronization with its trading partners. Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is Canada’s largest food distributor, with operations across the country. Reinforcing the company's position as a market leader, Loblaw is one of the first retailers to integrate product listing through ECCnet Canada’s National Product Registry into their business processes. The retailer and its many trading partners are among the first Canadian companies to experience the benefits of data synchronization through the ECCnet registry.

Loblaw has already experienced productivity gains from use of the ECCnet registry. The company has seen a reduction in purchase orders and invoicing issues for its Finance department. Productivity has increased due to fewer follow-ups on inaccurate or incomplete data. The registry has also enabled Loblaw category managers to know when vendors are interested in listing a product, which has led to earlier product introductions and an improvement in the speed to market of products. With the success of data synchronization to date, Loblaw looks forward to extensions to the ECCnet registry in 2004.

“Turning off the paper is a major step for industry, and we expect similar announcements from other Grocery and Pharmacy retailers soon.” predicts Art Smith, President and CEO of ECCC. With multiple retailers turning off the paper, the vendor community will begin to realize economies of scale. Vendors will be able to publish their product information once to reach many of their key customers.

Now that GTINs have reached critical mass in the Grocery sector and retailers have begun turning off the paper, focus has shifted to improving the integrity of the data contained in the registry. The evolution of data synchronization proceeds in three phases: data loading, data integrity, and normalization. With the elimination of paper in trading partner transactions, the Grocery sector enters the second phase in the evolution of data synchronization through the ECCnet registry: data integrity. Value to all stakeholders in the supply chain increases as evolution progresses.

Many vendors have already made significant progress; raising the integrity at a GTIN level from 40% in November 2003 to 70% in February 2004. In the coming months, a major priority for the Grocery sector will be to achieve 100% integrity.

Please contact ECCC at info@gs1ca.org or 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3 for more information.