Friday, July 20, 2012 by Lee Mannering
New PMA implementation guide makes EDI easier
Last week, I shared with you some news about a new supply chain resource, the second e-Learning course on PTI traceability success stories. Today I’d like to update you on another new supply chain tool, PMA’s Implementation Guide for Fresh Produce Data Standards and Synchronization.
Developed by our Supply Chain Efficiencies Committee and through the work of numerous industry volunteers, the guide provides support to companies seeking to electronically synchronize produce product information in accordance with GS1 (EAN.UCC) standards. This guidance applies to the full range of fresh produce trade items. The guide describes which of the defined GS1 attributes should be used for produce items and recommends best practices for the use of these standards to synchronize static produce data between suppliers and retailers. Today, different platforms as well as different means to item identification exist when it comes to data sharing.
Also, the guide is platform neutral and can be used with or without third-party service providers. It covers GS1 attributes for Party and Trade Item requirements only. If you’ve been looking for assistance on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), this new tool will help guide you through the process. Note that the guide’s objective is to make data synchronization easier to implement and that the recommendations put forth in it are voluntary.
You can learn more about (and download) the guide from the PMA website.
Tags: Global Trade