Dot Foods enters agreement for data synchronization

Dot Foods has entered into a technology agreement with 1SYNC—the GS1 US data pool—and Aligntrac Solutions after a recently completed pilot study. Aligntrac and 1SYNC provide systems for GS1 standards in data exchange among businesses, enabling them to upgrade accuracy and availability of product information throughout the supply chain.

Dot Foods is a founding member and Governance Committee leader of the recently announced Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative. The initiative is made up of 55 founding-member distributors, manufacturers, and operators voluntarily committing to GS1 standards adoption for product information and electronic data exchange. Dot Foods’ suppliers that individually choose to comply with GS1 standards will publish product information to their Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) data pool of choice, and Aligntrac will retrieve it from the 1SYNC data pool to populate Dot Foods’ back-end information systems.

Throughout the two-month pilot, 1SYNC and Aligntrac worked with Dot Foods and four foodservice manufacturers to implement electronic exchange through the GDSN. To measure the pilot’s impact, they contrasted GDSN data with data that was manually entered or synchronized through electronic data interchange (EDI). Dot was impressed, and also surprised, at key results.

“We knew that we would find that GDSN was superior in data quality and integrity compared to manually entered data, but we were surprised that GDSN was also consistently more accurate than EDI data synchronization, the pinnacle we sought to achieve for so many years. With Aligntrac and 1SYNC, we will be years ahead of where we were before,” said Dick Tracy, vice-president of customer development for Dot Foods.

The pilot case study will be available soon on the initiative's website (www.gs1us.org/foodservice), which also provides information about resources to guide foodservice manufacturers, distributors, and operators that adopt GS1 standards.

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