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ECCnet ProSYNC® Services

Product listing through ECCnet Registry is now a standard term and condition of trade in Canada's grocery, foodservice and pharmacy sectors. To improve the efficiency of the supply chain, retailers and distributors in these sectors require their vendors to load their product information into ECCnet. GS1 Canada has developed ECCnet ProSYNC® Services customized to fit vendors' diverse business requirements. To view a Comparison Chart of the ECCnet ProSYNC® Services, click here.

Please note that the ECCnet ProSYNC®  Basic loading option is no longer available. It has been replaced by the ProSYNC® Basic Small Business option.

1. ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service

This browser-based service is available to small vendors with less than $5 million in revenue and allows for a few complex packaged goods.

For additional information on ECCnet ProSYNC® Services, please click here to view the Product Features Overview.

This service is available to those subscribers whose annual company revenue is less than $5 million.


ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service

You have chosen to use ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service to load your product data into the ECCnet Registry. ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service provides all the features of ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Service, with additional capability allowing loading of up to 10 complex packaged goods.

Using this browser-based, customized Data Loading Option, your organization can load your product data online in one sitting! ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service is very simple and easy to use, offering a straightforward fill-in-the-blank format, pop-up help windows and a full Help menu you can consult at any time.

To complete your data loading process online today, you need only the following items:

  • Your Company Prefix (the first 6 to 9 digits of your UPC or bar codes)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater
  • A Visa or MasterCard

GS1 Canada is committed to protecting the privacy of your information.

Click here to load your product data into ECCnet ProSYNC® Basic Small Business Service.


2. ECCnet ProSYNC® Online Service

This browser-based service provides advanced capabilities, allows for larger catalogues, more complex product configurations and multi-user functions.

For additional information on ECCnet ProSYNC® Services, please click here to view the Product Features Overview.


ECCnet ProSYNC® Online Service

You have chosen to use ECCnet ProSYNC® Online Service to load your product data into ECCnet, Canada's National Product Registry. This browser-based service allows vendors to load up to 250 GTINs, including an unlimited number of complex packaged goods. It also provides advanced capabilities and multi-user functions.

Using this browser-based, customized Data Loading Option, your organization can load your product data online in one step! ECCnet ProSYNC® Online is very simple and easy to use, offering a straightforward fill-in-the-blank format, pop-up help windows and a full Help menu you can consult at any time.

To complete your data loading process online today, you need only the following items:

  • Your Company Prefix (the first 6 to 9 digits of your UPC or bar codes)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or greater
  • A Visa or MasterCard

GS1 Canada is committed to protecting the privacy of your information. Click here to review GS1 Canada's Statement of Privacy.

Click here to load your product data into ECCnet ProSYNC® Online Service.


3. ECCnet ProSYNC® Advanced Service

ProSYNC® Advanced offers more features and flexibility than the Basic and Online Services. ProSYNC® Advanced allows for vendors to automate the flow of product updates directly from their application systems without the need for EDI. Plus application integration, automated processing options, multi-user functions, report generation, listing forms and options for more frequent product data updates.

For additional information on ECCnet ProSYNC® Services, please click here to view the Product Features Overview. To speak with a ProSYNC® Sales Consultant, call 416.510.8039 ext. 2355.


ECCnet ProSYNC® Advanced Service

The new version of the Advanced Service provides vendors with enhanced capabilities to load and maintain product data.

More Information

For additional detail on features and benefits of the new version of the Advanced Service, please see below.

To speak with a ProSYNC® Sales Consultant, call 416 510-8039 ext.2355.

Sign up for a web seminar

To sign up for a web-based seminar about the new version of the ECCnet ProSYNC® Advanced Service, please click here.

Features and Benefits of the ECCnet ProSYNC® Advanced Service

Here are some of the benefits and features that are available to you with the latest version of the Advanced Service:


  • Online product searching and browsing

    You can easily search and browse your product catalogue online. Advanced Service users are allowed 5 (five) user-ids for this access.

  • Retailer Listing Forms

    The Advanced Service allows you to generate Product Listing Forms to use during parallel operation. Retailer-specific Listing Forms are also available. Currently forms are available for Sobeys Ontario, A&P, Jean Coutu, and Co-op Atlantic, and there is also a generic listing form based on FCPC standards.

    With this feature, users from their web browser can download Excel Spreadsheets populated with their product data for each individual retailer-specific or generic product listing form.

  • Comprehensive User Security

    Vendors can define detailed security profiles for users – that restrict the portion of data and whether the users can view, update, or add data and access the various screens of ECCnet ProSYNC®.

  • Control when product data is released to the ECCnet Registry

    Individual products can be “approved” online – only then will they be released to the product registry.

  • View product status information

    You can see when products were last updated, and when they were last exported to the ECCnet Registry.

  • New reporting capabilities

    Hardcopy reports can be produced – the product data screen can be printed.

  • New Administrative and Management capabilities

    Users now have the ability to view and self-maintain their contact and company information. Users can also manage the administration of their user-ids and passwords.

  • Improved integrity for manually entered data

    With the Advanced Service, vendors can choose to enter and update product data through the new web interface. The browser-based screens guide you through the process of entering your data and include the following features:

    • Pop-up field level help
    • Data entry web pages tailored to your types of product and customers
    • Immediate validation of data as it is entered or updated
    • Pop-up lists of ECCnet Interim Classification Codes
    • Maintenance of ECCnet Selection Codes
    • Ability to clone existing products for quicker data entry


  • Automated Update Scheduling

    When maintaining their product data online, Advanced Service users can schedule when during the month, week or day (depending on their update service frequency) that their product data updates are sent to the ECCnet Registry. Online screens allow users to self-maintain this schedule.

    Alternatively, the Advanced Service user can choose to use the Data Import Tool at their location to provide a self-serve and automated environment. The Data Import Tool is a client-based utility that imports product data updates and sends them to an automated ECCnet ProSYNC® environment for processing and export to the ECCnet Registry. The Data Import Tool can be configured to automatically update product data on an unattended and scheduled basis.

  • Automated File Transfer

    When maintaining their product data with the Data Import Tool, Advanced Service users can automatically transfer updated product data to the hosted ECCnet ProSYNC® environment for processing.

The following features and benefits continue to be available to Advanced Service users:

  • Automatic Change Detection / Data Filtering

    The ECCnet ProSYNC® solution has special features to bridge the gap between application master files and the transaction input that ECCnet requires. The system is designed to receive a "snapshot" of application master file data. The system automatically determines what data has been added, changed, or deleted and automatically ensures that the proper transactions will be generated to ECCnet.

    This feature frees the Vendor from developing in-house logic to ensure that changes are issued to ECCnet at the appropriate time and that all changes that don't impact Retailers/Distributors are properly filtered out of the data feed to ECCnet.

  • Support for Large Catalogues

    The Advanced Service supports very large Vendor catalogues. Current users are allowed up 5,000 GTINs. Larger catalogues can be maintained for additional fees.

  • Complex Packaging Configurations

    The Advanced Service supports all varieties of packaging configurations – e.g. display packs, display ready pallets, mutli-packs, etc.

  • Application Integration Capability

    With the Advanced Service, vendors can choose to integrate the product data update process with their internal application environment using the Data Import Tool. Users can start by processing Advanced Service files and then later integrate with their applications.

    The Data Import Tool is designed to allow full integration with the Vendor's internal applications and has many technical features to avoid the Vendor needing to re-program their internal applications. These features include:

    • Flat or Delimited File, Spreadsheet or Relational Database Input. The Data Import Tool supports a variety of input types.

    • Assemble Data from Multiple Sources. With the Data Import Tool, you can gather data from multiple sources. The tool then collects the data and assigns source fields to the destination fields for ECCnet based on your specifications.

    • Data Fill-In Capability. The Data Fill-In feature allows Vendors to set-up a cross-reference for internal information and special Data Fill-In "profiles". With the extensive range of data fields in ECCnet it is common that Vendors do NOT have the data required by ECCnet available in their internal systems. The Data Fill-In feature provides a mechanism to "fill in" data based on reference-able information that the Vendor may have within their internal systems.