IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CEO As our GS1net community of more than 1400 registered Australasian users continues to grow, we are committed to keeping you informed about what our dedicated GS1net team is doing and how it can benefit your business. From the outset I want to let you know that we are aware of some of the issues users have identified around the usability of GS1net. The adoption of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) standards within GS1net has indeed added to the user requirements. We have taken all the user feedback most seriously, and immediately put into action a range of initiatives to improve the overall useability and reduce the complexity of GS1net. Based on the feedback we received from you, we have begun making improvements. Below is a list of initiatives currently being investigated and implemented: Reduced Data Requirements: • Metcash and Coles have reviewed their implementations of GS1net, and agreed to reduce their data requirements by more than 50% of the fields. • Reduced data requirements will be communicated in detail shortly and implemented over a series of steps by the end of March 09. • Suppliers trading with Coles or Metcash will be significantly benefited.
Hiding unused fields: • Fields not being used by sectors or data recipients will be hidden from the screens to reduce the size and scale of data screens. • This is being completed in 2 phases of which phase 1 is already complete. • We expect phase 2 to be completed by the 28th March 2009. Pricing Management: • Online pricing screens will be significantly enhanced to provide more enriched information and allow for more comprehensive price management. • This initiative will reduce confusion and the number of navigations for suppliers and data recipients when using the online interface to check their pricing data. Auto Item Publishing: • Publishing item hierarchies will be simplified to introduce logic that checks if prices have been quoted for a trading partner and thus ensuring this data is automatically published. • This will remove the problems associated with successfully loading your data, but forgetting to publish the items. Multiple Open Prices: • Data recipients have identified the occurrence of multiple open prices as a major issue, so system logic will be implemented to ensure that suppliers first end date their existing prices before submitting new pricing data. • This will significantly reduce integration issues and data recipient support requirements. Automating Fields: • Where possible any fields that can be calculated or automated based on other inputted information will be programmed to be sent outbound to data recipients without the need for suppliers to maintain or supply these fields of information. • This will simplify the catalogue item maintenance process for suppliers. Improved Browser User Template: • A range of improvements are being made to the browser user template (Excel template) to make it easier to use by hiding fields or defaulting values based on user configurable information. • In addition we will be investigating a second phase of enhancements to the browser template to further enhance its useability. Training: • Commencing late February 2009, a range of new webinar training sessions will be available on a regular basis, with different training sessions being held weekly. • Sessions will complement the existing classroom or project specific training options offered by our Professional Services team. Documentation: • A comprehensive user ‘cookbook’ is under development consolidating much of the existing user documentation, facts sheets, definitions, examples, learnings and additional guidelines of use. • It will be an easy to read, yet comprehensive tool to be launched in early May 2009.