Comarch becomes a member of GS1 in Spain and Belgium

December 14, 2015  |  Digitalisation, Electronic Invoicing, Europe

As a world-class manufacturer and provider of services and solutions in the IT industry, Comarch is expanding its cooperation with GS1, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards in the field of supply chain management.

Belgium and Spain are the next countries where Comarch will start cooperating in the implementation and promotion of GS1 standards and solutions to optimize business processes in enterprises by means of electronic data interchange in accordance with the applicable standards.

For several years now, Comarch has been working with GS1 in many countries, including Poland, France, Germany, Russia, Croatia, and Ukraine, where it is actively involved in the task of adapting standards to meet market needs and developing solutions that improve the exchange of information between partners throughout the supply chain.

Bartlomiej Wojtowicz, Product Manager, Comarch EDI:
“Electronic interchange of data between companies and standardization of messages allow effective cooperation between business partners, regardless of the IT systems employed by companies or their technological advancement. This translates into an improvement in organization and a reduction of operating expenses, and above all in a stronger position on the market while gaining competitive advantage. We have been cooperating with GS1 because we care that the “language” used in the exchange of information between enterprises becomes readable and that information technology systems evolve together with the business needs.

For example, our product Comarch EDI E-Invoicing has successfully passed an audit conducted by GS1 in Poland and France and obtained a certificate confirming its compliance with standards and local legislation

About GS1

GS1 is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is the development and the implementation of standards for identification and communication in supply chains. GS1 focuses, among others, on several areas: standardization of data media, such as barcodes (GS1 barcodes) or radio tags (radio frequency GS1 EPC) used for example by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers; standardization of messages in electronic data interchange (GS1 eCom); data synchronization basic product (GS1 GDSN); as well as issues relating to the exchange of information about events based on RFID technology and the Internet. Standards and solutions developed and implemented in the company contribute to lowering the cost of doing business, in particular by reducing operating expenses in supply chains.

Elizabeth Ha?as, CEO of GS1 Poland:
“Comarch is one of the leaders on the Polish market with regard to the implementation of the global GS1 standards in B2B communication. For several years, we have been promoting and implementing solutions together based on GS1 international standards, these being a form of global language of business that facilitate and simplify the introduction of automatic communication between companies in the supply chain. One of our significant joint successes has been the agreement and implementation of standards for e-invoices. As a result, many companies from the FMCG industry have quickly decided on a solution for an electronic invoice. Currently, only very few players are not yet using this solution. Other examples of joint activities include promotion and implementation of solutions such as Order-to Cash, which consists of a combination of electronic advising of physical delivery, marked with a logistics label and paired with their processes of ordering, invoicing, and paying. We already have the first documented implementation in Poland, which shows great potential savings in logistics costs, as such an implementation can quickly be launched using Order-to-Cash solutions.”

Additionally, GS1 supports IT solution providers by helping them adapt their technology systems to handle international standards. After a successful audit, companies receive a certificate, confirming compliance of the audited product with GS1 standards. This mark is a guarantee that the solutions provider’s product meets all the requirements necessary to implement and use it in accordance with global GS1 standards. This means that using such a system can easily be integrated into the supply chain of a new partner and quickly attached, without additional investments in hardware and software.



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