Eleven Belgian trading companies from the DIY, garden and pet sector, the association of retailers (Comeos) and the association of DIY manufacturers (Febin) have signed a corresponding declaration of intent.
The signatories are willing to work closely together in item master data management and in the exchange of product data.
Those nine retailers are:
The ultimate goal is to send or receive product data via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GSDN) by the end of 2018.
Within GDSN there is a specific data model for the sector. This data model contains a fixed set of product attributes for each product category.
Brands from this sector in the Netherlands are already using GDSN. Others are in the process of doing so or are working on introducing the system.
Those brands are:
More than 75 suppliers are already exchanging the data of their products with retailers via the GS1 network.