GS1 and PEPPOL investigate interoperability cooperation

GS1 and PEPPOL investigate interoperability cooperationGS1 will start testing the exchange of GS1 eCom messages with(in) the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure. This could implicate another step towards convergence between private and public sector eBusiness practices.

The aim of GS1, in the short-term, is to run a proof-of-concept scenario for GS1 eCom messages (EANCOM and GS1 XML) to be transported through the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure. In the future GS1 intends to introduce PEPPOL to the entire GS1 community, both public sector suppliers and major retailers.

Some more details

Through the PEPPOL Access Point provided by Invinet Sistemes, GS1 will start testing the exchange of post-award messages such as GS1 eOrders and eInvoices (EANCOM and GS1 XML) based on synchronised master data over the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure in the coming weeks.

Users of GS1 XML and EANCOM messages will support PEPPOL BIS for their business partners connected to the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure that require this format and adhere to their specific national specifications, for example in Norway.

This approach will also enable digital business interoperability with SMEs and others, such as a majority of public sector entities, not utilising the master data approach.

The importance for global interoperability

The decision to open up the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure to the GS1 community is of significant importance for developments of global interoperability and many-to-many connectivity, according to both GS1 and PEPPOL.

Douglas Hill, Chief Operating Officer, GS1 Denmark, responsible for OpenPEPPOL activities within the GS1 community:

We want to minimise divergences between public and private sector eBusiness methods, re-using technology standards in which organisations have invested. The PEPPOL transport infrastructure is scalable and this has been proven through adoption across several countries and industry sectors

André Hoddevik, OpenPEPPOL Secretary General:

  • The PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure is generic in its nature, so it can be seen as a natural next step to open it for use for other business message types and domains,”
  • “PEPPOL BIS remains a common denominator for business process interoperability over the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure in the public procurement domain and beyond, but it is also very interesting to use the network for other high volume business message types.”
  • “GS1 has the potential to expand the take-up of PEPPOL significantly and we look forward to cooperate during the testing phase

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