Global Upstream Supply Initiative (GUSI)
In 2003, a group of manufacturers of Consumer Packaged Goods and their suppliers decided to define a common way to provide tighter integration of their supply chains. Their objective was to avoid costly and time-consuming IT integration projects with every manufacturer or supplier. At the end of 2004, the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) - currently known as The Consumer Goods Forum (TCGF) - initiated a new working group which incorporated the already-active GUSI members. The GUSI Working Group was born. It has developed and maintains the Upstream Integration Model (UIM) - the standardised processes and data interchanges underpinning upstream integration.
Role of GS1
GS1 has supported the initiative on implementation of the UIM notably for:
Therefore, GUSI works as a multiplier to help achieve collaboration benefits in the following areas:
The adoption of the Upstream Integration Model allows companies to translate their internal processes and approaches into a common language that all other parties can use. As more companies adopt GUSI GS1 standards, the more rapidly the overall benefits rise as shown below.
The following companies (in alpha order) are global GUSI members or supporters. (Source: GCI, 2007)