The user companies get competitive advantage by implementing GS1 eCom standards across their supply chain operations; below are some examples of outstanding case studies gathered worldwide.
- GS1 eCom implementation case at Deutsche Bundesbank in Germany
Summary: Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s Central Bank, has introduced CashEDI to provide access to the exchange of standardised business data for ordering, receipt and delivery of notes and coins to all the Commercial Banks in Germany. This high security solution was developed in conjunction with GS1 Germany using GS1 eCom Standards and making full use of the GS1 Identification Keys
- GS1 eCom implementation case at CRH in the Netherlands
Summary: GS1 Netherlands developed eb-forms in response to the need expressed by the wholesale companies from the Dutch construction sector.
GS1 Netherlands offered as a solution simple stylesheets converting XML messages into electronic forms. They allow sending XML messages as an email attachment, and opening the attachment in a web browser, using the tool provided by GS1 Netherlands.
- Case study: Konsum Nord, GS1 Sweden
Summary: Konsum Nord is a grocery chain and the largest independent consumer cooperative association in Sweden with 210,000 members. Konsum Nord has 1,071 private suppliers. Together they send over 100,000 paper invoices annually to the chain. Approximately 100 of these suppliers account for 80 percent of the volume of the goods.
Konsum Nord decided to completely switch from manual handling of all documents in the supply chain to electronic, which affects all its suppliers. The digitalization of the workflow enables significant efficiency gains and large savings for all parties.
- Case study: Delhaize Belgium , GS1 BeLux
Summary: Delhaize is one of the major retailers in Belgium. In September 2009 in opened a new semi-automated distribution centre for fresh goods. With the introduction of the new DC, an improved logistic flow and reception of goods has been put in place. The launch of the new DC is a major step forward for eCom in the Belgian retail sector.
- Case study: Carrefour Belgium , GS1 BeLux
Summary: With over 600 stores, Carrefour Belgium is one of the leaders in the mass retail distribution sector in Belgium. Carrefour Belgium took on the objective to optimise and rationalise the goods reception in their warehouses with correct GS1 logistic labels and the Despatch Advice message. 350 Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) suppliers were involved in the project.
- Case study: Mitchell and Butler , GS1 UK
Summary: Summary: With 15,000 orders raised by its pubs and pub restaurants every week, it is vital that Mitchells & Butlers has full visibility of its stock throughout the Company to be able to run an efficient business. The Company has implemented a centralised stock control system using GS1 standards with significant savings already identified. The implementation of Despatch Advice has allowed the company to detect any ordering, delivery or invoicing errors quickly and efficiently.
- Case study: Liverpool, GS1 Mexico
Summary: Liverpool is a leading department store in Mexico. Liverpool receives an average of 2500 invoices a day, of which, in 2006, 25% needed to be checked for incorrect sums, incorrect calculation of taxes, errors in quantities or in its name. Before deploying the electronic invoicing system, these queries entailed a long document receipt process and too much down time. Implementing automated invoicing brought great benefits.
- Case study: l’Oréal, GS1 France
Summary: The L’Oréal Group is an international leader in cosmetics and beauty products. From 1993, the French Group started using the purchase order message (ORDERS) with certain clients in order to replace manual capturing of orders, which created both a higher risk of errors and of higher administrative costs. The message ORDERS was used with all clients equipped with an EDI solution. The strategy was to use a unique message, which each client was capable of transmitting and could integrate different levels of information. By integrating the retailers’ needs into a shared standard, the deployment of the message was far more rapid.
- Case studies: PROZEUS project helping SME’s
Summary: PROZEUS is a joint project of GS1 Germany and Institute of German Economy in Cologne for consumer business and industry; funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour. The objective of the project is to promote the business skills of Small and Medium enterprises.
By joining this project, a German small perfumery chain has achieved clear advantages in terms of efficiency and productivity. Since the switch from manual to automatic commerce and paperless business communications, the company reduced annual maintenance costs by 50 percent.
- Case study: Nishitetsu Store in Japan
Summary: Ryutsu BMS (Ryutsu Business Message Standards), a set of standardized EDI messages for Japanese retail industry, adopted by more than 150 companies, including major retailers and suppliers.
Nishitetsu Store operates 39 food supermarkets implemented Ryutsu BMS in October 2007 with more than 100 suppliers, which greatly improved their overall supply chain efficiency.
- EDI brings competitive advantage in the cosmetics industry
Summary: The cosmetics manufacturers Rudolf Lenhart introduced GS1 eCom standards EDI to manage its logistics. It brought them almost 10,000 € savings a year.
- GS1 Traceability Implementation between China and France
The GS1 Global Traceability Standard is mainly used in Europe to support all national and European good flows. All goods imported to Europe must comply to traceability requirements. It was also the requirement for the Chinese company Synbroad Ltd exporting food products to French Retail chain Casino. With help of GS1 China, GS1 France and GS1 Globval Office, both companies implemented traceability system based on GS1 Identification and EANCOM standards.
- Improving distribution with GS1 Standards (Poland)
Summary: The Raben Group is a logistic service provider represented in Poland by two companies: Raben and Fresh Logistics. Raben’s customers include FMCG food comapnies, manufacturers of chemical products, dangerous goods and automotive. In 2002 and 2003 Raben introduced GS1 AIDC and EANCOM standards in their werhouse operations. Introducing this automation enabled 50% time reduction in goods receipt and significant improvement of data quality.
- Using common business processes by DHL and Unilever means better communication
Unilever is global manufacturer of food, home, care, and personal products identified an opportunity to improve the way it works with their partners, through the standardisation of processes and implementation of electronic messaging. One of these partners was DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics arm of DHL. The two companies conducted together the Warehouse Communication Integration project. It is a business process model based on common business processes and GS1 XML messages. This implementation allowed them significantly streamline communication between Unilever and DHL.
- Electronic messaging increases efficiency at Kimberly-Clark Australia Toll Logistics
Health and hygiene products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Australia and its carrier, Toll Logistics, worked together on a pilot designed to replace the flood of everyday paperwork that flows between them with electronic messaging. The results have been impressive: reconciliation errors were reduced, and those which remained were resolved in just two days (compared to an average of 10 days previously), while the time spent creating consignments and managing accounts receivable was slashed from four hours to 20 minutes.