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The Electronic Commerce Council of Canada, as an EAN Member Organization, brings you the following news release from EAN International.

EAN International, the global supply chain information management standards body, is ramping up its output of e-Business standards. It has announced that when it publishes the latest version of its annually updated EAN·UCC Business Message Standards & XML Standard Schemas for Simple e-Business (Simpl-eb) and Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR®) in July it will complement them by publishing for the first time new Business Message Standards & XML Standard Schemas for Global Data Synchronization and also for Warehouse, Transport and Finance.

This news comes hard on the heels of the recent announcement that it has launched a four-month pilot study to authenticate and verify the recently developed EAN·UCC e-Business Methodology that has been created to develop and maintain EAN·UCC e-Business Standards. This pilot project will validate the e-Business Methodology, after which, subject to a satisfactory outcome, all the EAN·UCC Business Message Standards and XML Standard Schemas will be recast to conform to the e-Business Methodology.

Erwin De Spiegeleire, EAN International's Chief Operating Officer, in making this announcement reminded his audience that: "Our business is to develop robust e-Business standards and to be successful it is essential to capture business requirements precisely in a consistent manner, hence our development of a complete set of Electronic Business Methodologies (eBMethodologies). Adopting this practice provides a strong basis on which to generate standards using the operational data transfer technologies including Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) as well as the data capture technologies of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)".

The primary basis for the EAN·UCC eBMethodology is a series of well-established international standards, specifically electronic business XML (ebXML) and the UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology (UMM). Alignment with these international standards in the development of EAN·UCC standards ensures speedy development, maximum information interoperability and ease of long-term maintenance. Adherence to these principles will also ensure that EAN·UCC continues to deliver quality and trusted open global standards in support of the EAN·UCC System.


EAN International is the global not for profit organisation that creates, develops and manages jointly with one of its Member Organisations, the Uniform Code Council, the EAN·UCC standards, which are open, global, multisectoral information standards, based on best business practices. By driving their implementation, EAN International and its Member Organisations play a leading role in supply and demand chain management improvement worldwide.


The EAN·UCC Standards are an integral feature of the way business is conducted world-wide. Today, nearly one million member companies in 133 countries use EAN·UCC standards as an essential element of their daily business communications, representing over 5 billion scanning transactions a day. The supply chain solutions offered by the EAN·UCC Standards include globally unique identification codes, data transport media and electronic commerce and communications standards. These tools support established industries as well as emerging markets.


Substantial effort has been made to develop Global Data Synchronization standards because master data sharing between trading partners is both complex and fundamental to all supply chain processes. Integrity and timeliness of master data is critical to the flow of goods, services and information throughout the chain. Sharing data effectively and efficiently relies on access to common data definitions, data accuracy and agreement on the processes used to exchange data. This process is termed Master Data Synchronization. Throughout 2000-2003, with increased emphasis on global commerce, electronic trading communities and evolving Internet technology, it became obvious that global master data standards and processes were essential to support simple e-Business transactions. As a precursor to the establishment of standards EAN·UCC, in co-operation with the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI), developed business requirements in parallel to address "What standard processes are required to enable Global Data Synchronization?" In January 2002, EAN·UCC instituted the GSMP to create and maintain global standards. The GSMP Data Synchronization team was formed to align all business requirements associated with the Data Synchronization process, including the Global Registry.


To complement the published e-Business standards on Simpl-eb, EAN·UCC has developed standards suites for Warehouse, Transport and Finance. The Transport suite consists of Business Message Standards and XML Standard Schemas for various business transactions related to transport operations (e.g. Bill of Lading, Booking Request (incl. acknowledgement), Full Truckload Load Tender, Less Then Truckload Pickup Notification, Small Package Pickup Manifest). The Warehouse suite covers the key business transactions related to warehouse operations (e.g. Inventory Status Advice, Warehouse Receiving Advice and Warehouse Shipping Advice). The finance suite provides e-Business standards for business transactions related to financial matters (e.g. Debit or Credit Advice, Control Totals, Settle of Request of Payment).


This is a comprehensive set of documents that covers five areas:

  • EAN·UCC Modelling Methodology, which describes the usage of modelling techniques to document business needs in compliance with the UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology (UMM) and makes use of Unified Modelling Language (UML)
  • EAN·UCC Core Components Methodology, which presents a more flexible and inter-operable way of standardising business semantics to maximise information interoperability based on ebXML
  • XML Design Rules for EAN·UCC, which is a standard and strict way of translating UML class diagrams into XML data representations and thus also provides the guidelines for XML schema design
  • UML to EANCOM Methodology, which is a standard and strict way of mapping UML class diagrams into EANCOM data representations and thus also provides the guidelines for EANCOM message development and maintenance
  • EAN·UCC XML Communications Architecture, which is a standard way of assembling XML data representations into a business message in compliance with the overall XML architecture and details the specification of the layered approach, the support to the messaging standards and an exact description of the transport protocol customization.