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Implementation of GS1 eCom

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eCom Standards in the GS1 Community 2013

Document Summary
Document Item
Document Title

Current Value
Implementation of GS1 eCom Standards in 2013

Author

Ewa Iwicka - Technology and Services Manager


Anders Grangard Director, GS1 eCom

Date Last Modified

10-03-2014

Current Document Version

Summary of Changes

New document

Status

Final

Document Description
(one sentence summary)

This document provides users with the overview of


the use of eCom standards in GS1 member countries.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction ........................................................................................................................................3

1.1 Scope and objective ......................................................................................................... 3


1.2 Target audience ................................................................................................................ 3
1.3 Caveats ............................................................................................................................. 4
1.4 Structure of the document .............................................................................................. 4
1.5 Additional information ..................................................................................................... 4
2. General eCom implementation statistics..........................................................................................5
3. EANCOM ...........................................................................................................................................8

3.1 Number of EANCOM and implemented versions ......................................................... 8


3.2 EANCOM message implementations .......................................................................... 10
4. GS1 XML ........................................................................................................................................... 12

4.1 Number of GS1 XML and implemented versions......................................................... 12


4.2 GS1 XML message implementations ............................................................................ 13
4.3 GS1 profiles of the UN/CEFACT XML messages ......................................................... 17
5. WEB EDI ............................................................................................................................................ 18
6. Non GS1 eCom standards and solutions ....................................................................................... 19
7. Communication methods used to exchange eCom messages ..................................................... 21
8. eCom implementation overview since 2005 and future trends ..................................................... 23
9. Sectors using eCom standards ....................................................................................................... 26

9.1 Use of eCom standards in Transport and Logistics ................................................... 26


9.2 Use of eCom standards in Healthcare .......................................................................... 28
10. eCom service providers ................................................................................................................. 30
Appendix List of eCom related projects and / or experiences .......................................................... 31

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1. Introduction
1.1 Scope and objective
This report presents the implementation of eCom standards in the year 2013. It is based on the answers
of 75 Member Organisations, of which 54 have reported some form of eCom usage in their countries.
The report covers the implementation of GS1 eCom standards - GS1 XML, GS1 Profiles of the
UN/CEFACT XML and GS1 EANCOM in detail:

Type and versions of standards implemented


Number of implementing companies
Specific messages implemented
Implementation of eCom standards in core GS1 sectors Transport & Logistics and Healthcare
Communication methods used for exchanging eCom messages
EDI Service Providers
Member Organisation activities in the area of eCom

There is also general information about Web EDI, non-GS1 eCom standards and proprietary solutions.
We asked similar questions to those from previous years, to provide comparable data. Information
included in this report should give a good overview of the business processes in which eCom standards
are implemented worldwide as well as the scope of implementation. For the fist time, we added
questions about the implementation of the GS1 profiles of UN/CEFACT XML message. The results are
presented in section
Some additional information was requested about implementation in core sectors, as well as about the
EDI Service Providers active in the GS1 member countries.

1.2 Target audience


The primary target audience of this report is the GS1 Global Office and GS1 Member Organisations.
The GS1 Global Office uses the survey results to update the eCom strategy and define the future of
eCom. Information obtained during the survey helps in discovering the marketing, communication and
training needs of Member Organisations and their users. It allows taking decisions based on the actual
market situation, rather than assumptions.
The GS1 Member Organisations benefit from the survey results by being able to compare the situation
in their market with what is happening in other countries. Knowing what is being implemented where, it is
easier to seek assistance when similar needs arise in their country. They can also estimate how the
situation may develop in their market, based on information from other countries. It is particularly useful
in supporting user companies with the cross-border business relationship.
However, the information presented can also be useful to GS1 user companies, industry associations,
eCom solution providers and other standard development organisations. It enables them to benchmark
their own actual or planned implementation with user groups from their own and other countries. The
overview of the market trends may also be a valuable aid in taking decisions about the eCom
implementation.
When sharing with external bodies or member companies, Member Organisations may wish to adjust
the text to suit the intended audience.

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1.3 Caveats
Data reported in the survey are sometimes based on estimation made by GS1 Member Organisations,
sometimes on surveys conducted on the local markets and information obtained from eCom solution
providers. Thus, the implementation report should not be considered as a scientific research, but as an
illustration of market trends. However, the estimation is made by people the most suitable for that: the
GS1 Member Organisation staff members, having daily contact with their user community and often
assisting them in implementation.

1.4 Structure of the document


The report is divided into eleven major sections:
1. Introduction
2. General eCom standards implementation statistics
3. EANCOM
4. GS1 XML
5. GS1 Profiles of the UN/CEFACT XML
6. Web EDI
7. Non GS1 eCom Standards
8. Communication methods used to sent EDI messages
9. eCom implementation overview since 2005 and future trends
10. Use of eCom standards in Transport & Logistics and Healthcare sectors
11. EDI Service Providers
The ninth section contains a short analysis of the eCom implementation trends, based on data between
2005 and 2013, as well as estimation for year 2014.
The Appendix contains the list of eCom related projects and experiences, which Member Organisations
are willing to share with the GS1 Community.

1.5 Additional information


We are confident that this survey will be of high interest to you and we invite you to visit our website
http://www.gs1.org/ecom if you would like to have further information regarding our organisation and/or
the standards we offer.
An electronic version of this report can be downloaded from the GS1 website:
http://www.gs1.org/ecom/implementation/ecom_implementation_survey. We are open to any comments
on any information you would like to see in this report, so that it could best suit your needs in the future.
You can submit your comments via the GS1 website http://www.gs1.org/contact.

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2. General eCom implementation statistics


54 MOs reported that various eCom standards have been implemented in their countries in 2013**. The
countries that reported the use of eCom standard for the first time are: Nigeria and Thailand***.
Table 1 List of countries where eCom technologies are used:
Country

GS1 XML

UN/CEFACT

EANCOM
Profiles

Country

GS1
XML

UN/CEFACT

EANCOM
Profiles

Argentina
Y
Y
Macedonia
Australia
Y
Y
Malaysia
*
*
Austria
Y
Y
Mexico
Belarus
Y
Y
Netherlands
Y
Belgium & Luxembourg
Y
Y
Nicaragua
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Y
Y
Nigeira
*
*
Brasil
Y
Norway
Y
Bulgaria
Y
Paraguay
Y
Canada
Y
Y
Poland
Chile
Y
Portugal
Y
Colombia
Y
Y
Romania
Costa Rica
Y
Russia
Croatia
Y
Y
Y
Serbia
Y
Czech Republic
Y
Singapore
Y
Y
Denmark
Y
Y
Slovakia
Finland
Y
Y
Slovenia
Y
France
Y
Y
Spain
Y
Y
Germany
Y
Y
Y
Sweden
Y
Hong Kong
Y
Switzerland
Y
Thailand
Y
Hungary
Y
Y
Ireland
Y
Y
Turkey
Y
Italy
Y
Y
UK
Y
Japan
Y
Ukraine
Y
Jordan
*
*
*
Uruguay
Kenya
*
*
*
US
Y
Latvia
*
*
*
Venezuela
Y
Lithuania
Y
Y
Y
Vietnam
*
*

TOTAL: 54 countries, GS1 XML: 32, UN/CEFACT Profiles: 7, EANCOM : 44

Y
*
Y
Y
Y
*
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
*

* Only non-GS1 standards implemented

**

This number is lower comparing to last year by 10 countries, due to the lower overall number of responses. It
does not mean that the actual implementation decreased.
***
Please note that GO does not receive responses from exactly the same MOs every year, hence the three
countries new to eCom, while the total number of implementations grew by one.
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Table 2: List of countries where eCom standards were reported as not used:
Algeria

Georgia

Mauritius

Azerbaijan

India

Mongolia

Bolivia

Ivory Coast

Pakistan

Cuba

Kazakhstan

Panama

Ecuador

Korea

Philippines

Egypt

Lebanon

Tajikistan

Estonia

Malta

Tunisia

The chart below illustrates the types of eCom standards implemented in 54 GS1 member countries
where some form of eCom is being used.

eCom standards adopted in GS1 member


countries
60
50
40
30
20
10
0

GS1
EANCOM

GS1 XML

GS1 Profiles
of the
UN/CEFACT
XML

Only NonGS1
standards

All eCom

Figure 1: Types of eCom standards implemented in GS1 member countries

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The geographic spread of eCom standards implementation is illustrated below.

GS1 XML implemented


EANCOM
implemented
Both GS1 XML and EANCOM implemented
Only non-GS1 eCom standards
implemented
No eCom standards
implemented
Non-GS1 member countries (no data available)

Figure 2: eCom standards implementation around the world. White colour means that no reply was
received to the eCom Survey.

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3. EANCOM
3.1 Number of EANCOM and implemented versions
In year 2013, the implementation of EANCOM standards was reported by 44 countries. EANCOM
versions 97 and 2002 are implemented in almost the same number of countries 30 each. Version 94 is
still in use in 12 countries. If counted in terms of user companies, the EANCOM 97 is by far the most
used one. The number of users of specific versions is included in the Table 3 below.
Table 3: List of countries where EANCOM is used:

Implemented Versions of EANCOM


2002
# of users

1997
# of users

94
# of users

EANCOM Users

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus

700
5500
2900
200

n/a
6100
2950
400

Y
-

Y
Y
-

Y
Y
Y
200

Belgium & Luxembourg


Brasil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic

1200
6,000
850
80
18
2000
400
50
1,140

1200
6,000
950
n/a
25
2300
450
60
1,180

Y
Y
Y
-

Y
Y
10
360

Denmark

3,000

3,000

Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Lithuania
Macedonia
Mexico
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia

45
13970
9500
n/a
1500
1,555
1600
n/a
179
3
13770
2050
50
400
2567
2800
130
12000

45
15000
10000
n/a
2000
1,600
1700
n/a
200
10
15147
2080
80
450
3000
2900
250
13000

Y
Y
<100
150
-

Y
Y
Y
Y
8
2000
PRICAT
50
780
primary
standard used
Y
7800
118
Y
>500
Y
1450
Y
2567
1300
Y
-

Country

Dec 2013 Est. 2014

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400
-

Y
Y
Y
1700
Y
<150
179
3
Y
1000
Y
1500
Y
Y
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EANCOM Users

Implemented Versions of EANCOM

75
780
850
6000
n/a
2,858
n/a
3800
2,440
3
12
172
102,547

130
800
n/a
6500
n/a
2,900
n/a
4000
2,870
3
12
200
108,812

# of users

Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
UK
Ukraine
Uruguay
US
Venezuela
TOTAL

Dec 2013 Est. 2014

2002

# of users

Country

1997

# of users

94

Y
Decreasing
Y
12 countries

Y
660
Y
Y
A lot
2858
3
Y
31 countries

Y
120
Y
Y
Very few
2800
Y
Y
172
31 countries

Note: "Y" means that no information about the number of users, even estimated, is available to this Member
Organisation, although the version is known to have been used.

Note: More information about GS1 EANCOM can be found at the GS1 website
or from the local GS1 Member Organisation.

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3.2 EANCOM message implementations


A total of 46 EANCOM messages have been reported as implemented, the most popular being ORDERS (Order), DESADV (Despatch Advice), INVOIC (Invoice), PRICAT (Price/Sales
Catalogue), ORDRSP (Order Response), RECADV (Receiving Advice) and INVRPT (Inventory Report). This order is very similar to previous years. Table 4 below contains the details of
messages used.

Y Y
Y
Y Y Y
Y Y
Y

Y Y
Y
Y
Y Y Y Y

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Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

KEYMAN

AUTACK

GENRAL

SLSRPT

QALITY
Y
Y

SLSFCT

Other
MSCONS

INVRPT

FINSTA

FINCAN

DIRDEB

DEBMUL

DELFOR

CONTRL

CREMUL

BANSTA

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

APERAK

PAYMUL

Report & Planning


COACSU

COMDIS

REMADV

INVOIC

TAXCON

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

RETINS

DESADV

IFTSTA
Y

IFTMAN

IFCSUM
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

IFTMIN
Y

Y
Y
Y

IFTMBC

IFTMBF

INSDES
Y

RETANN

Payment
RECADV

Y
Y
Y
Y

HANMOV

OSTRPT

Transport & Delivery


OSTENQ

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

ORDRSP

QUOTES

Y Y
Y Y
Y

ORDERS

Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Order
ORDCHG

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium & Lux.
Brasil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania

Pre Order
REQOTE

Country

PARTIN
PRICAT
PRODAT
PROINQ

Master
Data

# by country

Table 4: List of EANCOM message implementation per country

7
13
31
Y 18
18
15
Y 8
13
5
14
7
1
9
25
9
27
26
9
13
6
8
9

10

TOTAL

13 35 10 4

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
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Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

19 39 32 1

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

9 14 4

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

4 15 9 12 5 38 29 13 9 36 4 17 9

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

4 20 2

4 18 9

3 28 5

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
2

7 20 12 4

# by country

KEYMAN

AUTACK

GENRAL

QALITY

SLSFCT

SLSRPT
Y

6
11
15
5
8
11
17
11
14
8
22
18
24
14
15
12
18
2
5
14

Y
Y

MSCONS

Y
Y

INVRPT

FINSTA

FINCAN

DIRDEB

DEBMUL

DELFOR

CONTRL

CREMUL

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

BANSTA

APERAK

PAYMUL

COACSU

COMDIS

REMADV

INVOIC

TAXCON

RETINS

RETANN

Y
Y

IFTSTA
Y

IFTMAN

IFCSUM

IFTMIN

IFTMBC

IFTMBF

INSDES

HANMOV

OSTRPT

OSTENQ

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y Y Y
Y Y Y
Y Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y Y

ORDRSP

ORDERS

ORDCHG

QUOTES
Y

RECADV

Y Y
Y
Y Y

DESADV

Macedonia
Mexico
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
Ukraine
Uruguay
US
Venezuela

REQOTE

Country

PARTIN
PRICAT
PRODAT
PROINQ

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4. GS1 XML
4.1 Number of GS1 XML and implemented versions
In 2013, the implementation of GS1 XML standards was reported by 32 countries. The most widely
used version of GS1 XML standards was 2.7, 2.8 and the two latest eCom reeleases 3.0 and 3.1
these were implemented in more countries than the other ones. The uptake of versions 3.x is
particularly remarkable, since this was the new release with greatly simplified design.
Table 5: List of countries where the GS1 XML standards are used:
COUNTRY

2013

Est.
1.0 1.1 1.3 1.3.1 1.3.2 2.0 2.1.x 2.2
2014

GS1 Argentina
30
30
GS1 Australia
n/a
n/a
Gs1 Austria
20
30
GS1 Belarus
n/a
n/a
GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg 100 100
GS1 Bosnia & Herzegovina
15
25
GS1 Canada
200 200
GS1 Colombia
6
10
GS1 Croatia
65
100
GS1 Denmark
10
20
GS1 Finland
20
100
GS1 France
2030 2300
GS1 Germany
434 500
GS1 Ireland
3
20
GS1 Italy
70
150
GS1 Lithuania
700 700
GS1 Netherlands
300 330
GS1 Norway
20
25
GS1 Paraguay
270 320
GS1 Portugal
n/a
n/a
GS1 Serbia
10
14
GS1 Singapore
600 600
GS1 Slovenia
70
70
GS1 Spain
600 700
GS1 Sweden
n/a
n/a
GS1 Switzerland
7
10
GS1 Thailand
36
50
GS1 Turkey
n/a
n/a
GS1 UK
500 500
GS1 Ukraine
6
7
GS1 US
8100 8200
GS1 Venezuela
1
1
TOTAL
14223 15112

2.3

2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7

Y
Y

Y
Y

2.8 3.0 3.1

Y Y
20
>200

15
Y
3
Y

Y
3

Y
Y
50

70

200 50

Y
20
1

Y
20 20
1
Y

<600

25 100
Y
10

~100
50 25 25
2
270

10

45

Y
60

Y
Y

36
Y

Y
Y
1
5

Y
1

Y
4

10

11

Note: "Y" means that no information about the number of users, even estimated, is available to this Member
Organisation, although the version is known to have been used.

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4.2 GS1 XML message implementations


The details of the implementation of particular messages are presented in Tables 6 and 7 on the
following pages.
Last year, the most widely implemented GS1 XML messages were Order, Invoice, Despatch
Advice and Catalogue Item Synchronisation, similar to the previous years.
Note: The table lists official GS1 XML message names.
Visit GS1 website to find:
More information about GS1 XML
Definitions of messages and their components and information about GS1 XML design
Download message packets
Or contact the local GS1 Member Organisation.

This year, we asked an additional question about the level of detail the items are identified in the
Despatch Advice: using GTIN only (Trade Item level) or also with - SSCC (Logistic Unit level). The
results are presented in Table 8.

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GS1 Argentina
GS1 Australia
Gs1 Austria
GS1 Belarus
GS1 Belgium &
Luxembourg
GS1 Canada
Y
GS1 Colombia
GS1 Croatia
GS1 Denmark
GS1 Finland
GS1 France
GS1 Germany
GS1 Ireland
GS1 Italy
GS1 Lithuania
GS1 Netherlands
Y
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Y
Y

Country

Y
Y Y

Y Y Y Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y Y
Y Y Y
Y Y

Y Y Y
Y Y

Y
Y Y Y
Y
Y Y Y

Y Y Y Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y Y Y Y Y
Y

Y Y

# of messages by country

Item Data Notification

Artwork

Application Receipt Acknowledgement


Product Recall

Artwork Content Response

Plan

Artwork Content

Performance Measurement

Pay

Replenishment Request
Replenishment Proposal
Purchase Conditions

Goods Requirements
Goods Requirements Response

Warehousing

Request for Payment


Buyer Reconc. of Request for Payment
Claims Notification

Settlement
Debit Credit Advice
Advanced Remittance Notification

Invoice

Logistics Inventory Report Request


Logistics Inventory Report

Warehousing Outbound Instruction


Warehousing Outbound Notification

Transport
Management

Warehousing Inbound Instruction


Warehousing Inbound Notification

Transport Status Request &Notification


Transport Pick-up Drop-off Request &Conf.

Deliver

Transport Capacity Requirements


Transport Capacity Plan
Transport Capacity Booking &Response
Transport Instruction &Response

Inventory Report
Despatch Advice - Meat Product Extension

Order

Receiving Advice
Consumption Report

Despatch Advice

Configure to Order
Order Response

Multi Shipment Order


Order

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Table 6: List of GS1 XML eCom message implementations per country


Other

4
Y Y Y 20
Y
4
18
6
Y 9
4
3
8
Y 6
15
23
7
6
1
22
14

GS1 Norway
GS1 Paraguay
GS1 Portugal
GS1 Serbia
GS1 Singapore
GS1 Slovenia
GS1 Spain
GS1 Switzerland
GS1 Thailand
GS1 Turkey
GS1 UK
GS1 Ukraine
GS1 US
GS1 Venezuela
Y

Y
Y Y
Y
Y Y
Y

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Y
Y

Country

Y Y
Y
Y Y
Y

Y Y
Y
Y Y
Y Y
Y
Y

Y
Y Y

Y Y Y Y

Y Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y Y

Y Y Y Y

5 14 1 9 19 14 3 8 2 0 0 1 4 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 18 2 5 2 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 1
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

1
1

# of messages by country

Item Data Notification

Artwork

Application Receipt Acknowledgement


Product Recall

Artwork Content Response

Plan

Artwork Content

Performance Measurement

Pay

Replenishment Request
Replenishment Proposal
Purchase Conditions

Goods Requirements
Goods Requirements Response

Warehousing

Request for Payment


Buyer Reconc. of Request for Payment
Claims Notification

Settlement
Debit Credit Advice
Advanced Remittance Notification

Y
Invoice

Logistics Inventory Report Request


Logistics Inventory Report

Warehousing Outbound Instruction


Warehousing Outbound Notification

Transport
Management

Warehousing Inbound Instruction


Warehousing Inbound Notification

Transport Status Request &Notification


Transport Pick-up Drop-off Request &Conf.

Deliver

Transport Capacity Requirements


Transport Capacity Plan
Transport Capacity Booking &Response
Transport Instruction &Response

Inventory Report
Despatch Advice - Meat Product Extension

Order

Receiving Advice
Consumption Report

Despatch Advice

Configure to Order
Order Response

Multi Shipment Order


Order

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Other

9
3
4
5
Y
7
Y
13
14
2
Y
Y 16
Y 3
9
11
19
Y 1
1 7 1 6

15

Country

GS1 Australia
GS1 Austria
GS1 Belarus
GS1 Canada
GS1 Colombia
GS1 Croatia
GS1 Denmark
GS1 Finland
GS1 France
GS1 Germany
GS1 Ireland
GS1 Italy
GS1 Netherlands
GS1 Norway
GS1 Portugal
Turkey
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Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y Y Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
19 11 3 2 19 2 11 2
1
2
3

Y Y

Y
Y
Y
Y Y Y Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

3 11 16 3
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

4
Y

3
1

6
3
Y Y 9
6
Y
4
3
5
Y
5
12
Y Y Y
10
3
6
5
4
4
1
3 4 3 2

# of messages by country

Extension: Trade Item Hazardous Materials US

Extension: Specific Technical Characteristics

Extension: Regulatory Compliance

Extension: Promotional Trade Item

Y
Y
Y Y
Y

Extension: Office Supplies

Extension: Non-GTIN Logistic Units

Extension: Healthcare

Extension: Hardlines

Extension: Food & Beverage

Extension: FMCG

Extension: Entertainment Music Recordings

Extension: Entertainment Movie Publications

Extension: : Entertainment Electronic Games

Extension: BarCode Candidate Attributes

Extension: Audio Visual Photography

Extension: Attribute Value Pair (AVP)

Extension: Apparel and Home Fashion

GDSN Trade Item

GDSN Price Synchronisation

Item Authorisation

Basic Party Synchronisation

Catalogue Item Synchronisation

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GDSN & Data Align

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Table 8: Level of unit identification in the Despatch Advice message per country
COUNTRY

GS1 Australia
GS1 Belarus
GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg
GS1 Canada
GS1 Finland
GS1 France
GS1 Germany
GS1 Ireland
GS1 Lithuania
GS1 Netherlands
GS1 Norway
GS1 Serbia
GS1 Singapore
GS1 Slovenia
GS1 Spain
GS1 Thailand
GS1 Turkey
GS1 UK
GS1 Ukraine
GS1 Venezuela
TOTAL

GTIN only
Trade Item level

SSCC
Logistic Unit level

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

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4.3 GS1 profiles of the UN/CEFACT XML messages


GS1 has developed subsets (profiles) of four UN/CEFACT XML Business to Business
messages:
Cross Industry Order
Cross Industry Order Response
Cross Industry Despatch Advice
Cross Industry Invoice
In this years questionnaire we asked for the first time about the level of implementation of these
profiles. Seven MOs reported that these profiles have been implemented in their countries.The
results are presented in Table 9 below.
Table 9: Implementation of GS1 profiles of UN/CEFACT XML

COUNTRY
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Croatia
Germany
Lithuania
Singapore
Sweden
Thailand
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Industry
Order

Cross
Industry
Order
Response

Cross
Industry
Despatch
Advice

Cross
Industry
Invoice

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
4

Y
1

Y
2

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5. WEB EDI
The Web EDI involves the exchange of electronic documents via an internet enabled platform.
The business messages are available to the users as web forms that can either be filled-in
manually or in automated way. The message is then converted by the translation application into
the suitable eCom standard and transferred to the other user company.
GS1 does not provide separate guidelines for the WEB EDI, but some GS1 MO do provide local
guides.
Table 9: List of countries where Web EDI is used:
COUNTRY
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium & Luxembourg
Brasil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Lithuania
Total

Est.
COUNTRY
2013
Est. 2014
2014
n/a
n/a
Malaysia
n/a
n/a
5500
6000
Mexic
16459
17281
400
400
Netherlands
525
555
200
400
Nicaragua
1
50
150
150
Nigeira
5
10
18000
18000
Norway
8000
10000
530
560
Paraguay
155
180
167
180
Poland
2538
3000
1876
2000
Portugal
5000
5500
300
n/a
Romania
1105
1300
340
350
Russia
8000
9000
65
100
Serbia
35
45
250
250
Slovakia
350
360
365
370
Slovenia
165
n/a
1200
1200
Spain
2000
2300
11000
11500
Sweden
n/a
n/a
5700
6000
Switzerland
n/a
n/a
1757
1800
Turkey
n/a
n/a
500
500
UK
n/a
n/a
648
650
Ukraine
5775
7350
3000
3200
Uruguay
525
540
n/a
n/a
US
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Vietnam
n/a
n/a
695
1000
Thailand
36
50
300
350
In 2013: 103,617 in 43 countries, estimated for 2014: 112481
2013

Note: "n/a" means that no information about the number of users, even estimated, is available to this
Member Organisation, although the Web EDI solutions are known to have been used.

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6. Non GS1 eCom standards and solutions


Non-GS1 eCom standards have been implemented in 36 countries. The most widely used ones
are: UBL and various local standards (including ANSI X12). These results are very similar to
previous years, although it is often stressed that the implementation of UBL is growing. The
details can be found in Table 10 below.
Table 10: List of non GS1 eCom standards used in GS1 member countries:
Country
Australia

Austria

Belgium & Luxembourg


Brasil

Canada
Chile

Costa Rica
Croatia
Denmark
Finland

France

Germany

Hong Kong

Ireland
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia

Standard
ANSI X12
RosettaNet
Proprietary XML standards
UN/EDIFACT
ebInterface
Odette/VDA
KMEHR (eHealth)
CNAB/FEBRABAN
RND
NFe (Government)
ANSI X12
EDICL
IDOC
Proprietary XML standards
INVOICE XML
OAGI
UBL
UBL 2.1 in the public sector (Invoice)
MEDCOM medical communication
The Finnish UN/EDIFACT standards
UBL/XML, eInvoice standards
(Finvoice,eInvoice,TEAPPSXML)
HL7,ebXML, RosettaNet, Papinet,Odette
EDIFACT
GENCOD
Proprietary XML
OpenTrans
BMEcat
EDIFACT-subsets
iDOC
ANSI X12
Proprietary XML
Proprietary solutions
Tradacom
Ryutsu BMS
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
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2013 Est. 2014
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
50
60000
4500

n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
60000
4500

1,035,000 1,035,000
n/a
n/a
45
60
2
2
6
9
n/a
n/a
2
n/a
2
n/a
200,000 200,000
2600
2600
850
900
112,000 150,000
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

6500
n/a
695
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

8000
n/a
1000
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
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Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway

Poland
Portugal

Slovenia
Spain

Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
UK
Ukraine
Uruguay
US
Vietnam

EDIFACT
1
n/a
Semi GS1 XML (uses GS1 XML types)
100
150
n/a
n/a
n/a
UN/Cefact transport messages
20
20
e2b Invoices (XML)
1200
1300
EHF XML (Order, Order response, Despatch Advice, Invoice).
10,000
15,000
Format developed and used for trade with the Government
internal standards of TSL companies, EDI services providers,
n/a
n/a
IT systems providers
XCBL
1250
1250
UBL
500
500
Proprietary XML
1
1
eSLOG, local XML deviation from EANCOM
n/a
n/a
Facturae (Public Sector)
n/a
n/a
CSL (Books)
n/a
n/a
UBL
n/a
n/a
UBL
800
850
ODETTE
350
350
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
TRADACOMS
n/a
n/a
EDIFACT
n/a
n/a
Customs, Finance, Tax, Transport
n/a
n/a
Electronic Invoicing
80
800
ANSI X12
13,900 140,000
EDIFACT
1000
1000
Total countries: 38
1,451,454 1,623,292

Note: "n/a" means that no information about the number of users, even estimated, is available to this
Member Organisation, although the standard is known to have been used.

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7. Communication methods used to exchange eCom messages


The most popular communication channel used to send the eCom messages is AS2, followed by
Value Added Networks and Web Services. This result is similar to in previous years, but it is
clear than more and more companies use Internet to exchange eCom messages, hence the
growing popularity of AS2 and web services. The details are presented in Table 11 below.
Table 11: List of communication methods used to exchange eCom messages.

COUNTRY
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium & Luxembourg
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Brasil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain

AS1

AS2

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

AS3

AS4 ebMS VAN

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Web
Services

Other

Y
Y
FTP

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
5
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
650+
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
750+
Y

Y
Y
SFTP
e.g. FTP
X.400- just a few users

Y
Y
VPN (FTP)

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

JX
Y
HTTPS, FTP, SFTP

Y
Y
FTP, FTPS, WEB
Y

FTP and others

Y
Y
Y

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Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

SFTM, eMAIL
SMTP (S/MIME)

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Sweden
Thailand
Turkey
UK
Ukraine
Uruguay
US
Venezuela
Vietnam
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Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

42

Y
Y
Y

35

35

Y
Y

OFTP often used by Odette users

FTP
Y

Y
9

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8. eCom implementation overview since 2005 and future trends


The eCom implementation survey has been run for seven years now. Although a large part of
data is based on estimation since absolute figures often are very difficult to obtain, these are
made by people the most suitable for that: the GS1 Member Organisation staff members, having
daily contact with their user community.
Due to some inconsistencies in the responses received every year, the charts presented below
the chart represent statistical approximation of the 9 year results. Thus, they should be
considered only as a trend illustration, rather than absolute figures.
Figure 3 illustrates the implementation of GS1 EANCOM, GS1 XML and Web EDI in last eight
years, and the forecast for 2014.
From the chart it is clear that GS1 EANCOM is far from being an old and obsolete technology.
The number of users amongst GS1 member companies is now more than 100,000 companies
and in 2014 it is forecasted to increase by further 10.000. The details of the GS1 EANCOM
implementation results are presented in Figure 4.
The relatively new comparing to the classic EDI GS1 XML standard after a period of modest
implementation levels during first years, is now exceeding 28.000 companies. The details of the
GS1 XML implementation results are presented in Figure 5.
The Web EDI implementation is growing at even a greater rate, which indicates that also smaller
companies and organisations are increasingly embracing eCom based information exchange.
See figure 6.
In general, the interest and actual adoption of the electronic form of business documents
exchange is constantly growing, confirming the benefits the companies can get from this form of
business integration.

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GS1 eCom adoption 2005 - 2013


140000
120000
100000
80000

Web EDI

60000

GS1 EANCOM
GS1 XML

40000
20000

2014
Forecast

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Figure 3: Adoption of Com standards 2005-2013 and forecast for 2014

GS1 EANCOM adoption 2005-2013


120000

100000

80000

60000

40000

20000

2014
Forecast

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Figure 4: Adoption of GS1 EANCOM 2005-2013 and forecast for 2014

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GS1 XML adoption 2005-2013


35000

30000

25000

20000

15000

10000

5000

2013

2014
Forecast

2013

2014
Forecast

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Figure 5: Adoption of GS1 XML 2005-2013 and forecast for 2014

Web EDI adoption 2005-2013


120000
100000
80000
60000
40000
20000

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Figure 6: Adoption of Web EDI 2005-2012 and forecast for 2013

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9. Sectors using eCom standards


Since the previous survey we added a question about the eCom standards implemented in two
sectors: Transport & Logistics and Healthcare.

9.1 Use of eCom standards in Transport and Logistics


In Transport and Logistics sector we checked implementation of the GS1 eCom standards: GS1
EANCOM and GS1 XML, as well as and possible other standards.
The next question was related to the Transport & Logistics process which the eCom messages
are being implemented, as well as the local implementation guide for the sector.
The results received from 34 countries are presented in Table 12 below.

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Table 12: Use of eCom standards in Transport and Logistics sector
COUNTRY
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium & Luxembourg
Bulgaria
Canada
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark

EANCOM XML
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
X12
Y
Y
Y

UN/CEFACT based and UBL/XML based


Finnish standards
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
non GS1 standards
ASI X12, 315,214,856
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
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Y
Y

JTRN
WEB XML

Norway
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
UK
Ukraine
Vietnam
34

Asset
T&L eCom Impl.
Management
Guide

Y
EDIFACT Customs messages may be
used

Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands

Cross border
Management

XML, ANSL, etc. (outside ezTRADE


community)

Hong Kong
Hungary

Shipping and
Transport
Warehouse
receiving
management management
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Finland
France
Germany

Other

Local profiles, mostly based on


UN/CEFACT

Y
local solution eSLOG
propietary

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Other in house applications

proprietary solutions

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Y
Y
Y
28

Y
Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y
17

16

Y
Y
10

Y
Y
Y

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9.2 Use of eCom standards in Healthcare


In Healthcare sector, we asked questions about the implementation of the GS1 eCom standards:
GS1 EANCOM and GS1 XML, as well as HL7 widely used by Healthcare worldwide and
possible other standards.
More detailed information were asked for implementation of GS1 eCom standards by difgferent
market players.
The results received from 19 countries are presented in Table 13 below.

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Table 13: Use of eCom standards in Healthcare sector

Australia
Austria
Canada
Colombia
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong

EANCOM
messages6

GS1 XML
messages5

EANCOM
messages5

GS1 XML
messages4

EANCOM
messages4

GS1 XML
messages3

EANCOM
messages3

GS1 XML
messages2

Other

HL7

Y
Y

X12
Y
Y
Y
Y

Ireland
Japan
Netherlands
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Venezuela
Vietnam
TOTAL

GS1 XML

EANCOM

COUNTRY

EANCOM
messages

Syntax

GS1 XML
messages

# of GS1
# of GS1
# of GS1
messages
messages
# of GS1
# of GS1
messages
implemented implemented
messages
messages
implemented
by healthcare by healthcare
implemented
implemented
by healthcare
GPOs or
wholesalers/
by healthcare
by healthcare
retail
shared
distributors/
providers
suppliers
pharmacies
services
preorganisations wholesalers

5
Y
Y

Y
Y
1

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

proprietary "Order" messages are used between the


Parmacies and the HC Distributors
HL7 is used for exporting medical devices to US

Y
Y

NATIONAL ASCII
Facturae
UBL Invoice

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5
5

5
6

2
5
6

5
5

5
1

2
9

2
5
6

4
1

Y
Y

1
1

Y
Y

2
5

1
1

3
5
1

AS2
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10. eCom service providers


One of the additional questions in this years questionnaire was related to the eCom (EDI)
service providers operationg in GS1 countries. The results from 17 countries are presented in
Table 14
Table 14: eCom (EDI) service providers per country

COUNTRY

Number of
Service
Providers

Australia
Austria
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Colombia
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Japan
Macedonia
Netherlands
Poland
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Venezuela
TOTAL

100
2
1
11
10
150
400
14
50
1
45
4
3
3
12
20
2
828

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Number of eCom
(EDI) Service
Providers Providers
capable of
sending/receiving
GS1 XML messages
1
1
10
20
9
3
2
8
5
59

Number of eCom (EDI)


Service Providers
Providers capable of
sending/receiving GS1
EANCOM messages
2
1
10
10
100
12
1
35
4
3
2
8
20
2
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Appendix List of eCom related projects and / or experiences


This Appendix contains a list of projects and / or experiences that particular MOs would like to
share with the GS1 Community.
The MO employees interested in details of any of those projects should contact directly the
respective Member Organisation and the user company employees can receive more details via
their local MO.
Country

Projects to share

Argentina

We have a compliance process to ensure that the suppliers are using standard messages in
their applications. . We have a manual with a 265 check point list to audit the service
provider applications. Up to date we have 5 certified suppliers If everything is OK, we give
them a compliance certificate and we post this information on our web site to show to ours
users the Certified Providers List
Healthcare XML message implementation (NPC and commmercial messages)
We are still working on two Pilot Projects with 3 company members of GS1 Macedonia
Dutch apparel sector is implementing the GS1 Germany EANCOM solutions
We have been working towards implementing eCom in Nigeria through our users and their
business partners. Their openness to this standard and its acceptance has been slow. We
have it in our major plans to keep continue pursing this objective and we would like to have
any support we can get from the GO which could be useful in convincing this organisations.
Particularly, the multinationals whose offices in the diasporas are already implementing
eCom. Our Solutions Architect would also need to have a thorough training in this regard.
GS1 Singapore is currently exploring with Singapore Customs lead GS1 XML pilot project to
use GS1 XML to be use in end to end supply chain. We will share more in details when
information is available.
Broshure (in slovenian only) about the usage of GS1 XML 3.1 on the link:
http://www.gs1si.org/2/Dokumentacija.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=483
GS1 UK now has an EDI Toolkit which comprises an EDI Value Calculator and
Benchmarking Survey. In our EDI members group we are also finalising a short document
giving EDI Guidance for new users and will shortly begin a project on the use/benefits of
Planning/Forecast messages.

Ireland
Macedonia
Netherlands
Nigeira

Singapore

Slovenia
UK

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