AEON, a Japanese retailer, saved $2 million dollars by reducing item management using Global Data Synchronization (GDS). Alber Heign, a Dutch retailer experienced a 30% increase in productivity in its data management function using GDS. And Johnson & Johnson has almost eliminated data integrity-related out-of-stocks at Wal-Mart by applying GDS. These results and more can be found in a report entitled "Global Data Synchronization at Work in the Real World," published by Capgemini, a consulting firm, and the Global Commerce Initiative, a network of manufacturing and retail companies.
"GDS is fast becoming a strategic imperative for many manufacturers and retailers," says Nigel Bagley, head of customer eBusiness, Unilever Group. "Early adopters understand that GDS is necessary to provide a foundation for future collaborative commerce and are realizing substantial benefits from implementing GDS."
The report includes a GDS Key Performance Indicator model, that helps measure business benefits. "Companies that are successfully driving GDS understand that they need to manage product information as a corporate asset," says Simon Glass, global value chain senior program manager, The Gillette Company.