Data Sync Trade Item model was built keeping in mind the design of the
data synchronization process being developed by the Data Sync Project
under the Align Data BRG.
The key principle that is
carried over from that work is the assumption that when a trade
information is transmitted from an information provider to a data pool,
data pool to data pool (in network data synchronization) that the
product hiearchy is transmitted. In the grocery industry, that product
will normally include item, case and pallet, and may also include other
A message detailing information about a trade item must include at
consumable and one orderable unit. Included in this product hiearchy,
understood that each link connecting the various levels is also
be a part of the message.