INTTRA announced today that it will collaborate with GS1 US, an information standards organization, to develop and implement containerized shipping data exchange guidelines for supply chain and logistics.
INTTRA has joined the GS1 US Logistics Workgroup, and the companies said that together with the workgroup, they will "produce best practices documentation for how container event tracking data is delivered and managed in the supply chain. This paves the way for a standardized approach to delivering accessible and consistent information — along with a more efficient shipping process — for international trade,” according to a statement.
“This relates completely to our effort in improving data quality for the shipping industry for both shippers and carriers as part of the launch of our new visibility solution,” said Sandra Moran, the chief marketing officer at INTTRA, which has 52 carriers and NVOCCs, and 220,000 shippers.
“Standards are the foundation for clear and accurate information exchange between companies in a global economy,” said Melanie Nuce, vice president of industry engagement, GS1 US. “With supply chain visibility a priority for many businesses globally, improved implementation support for containerized shipping will enable shipments to move more efficiently and cost-effectively through the supply chain for the benefit of businesses everywhere.”
Moran added, “As global supply chain complexity rises, there is an urgent need for standards to provide a foundation to help companies interact more efficiently. This is an opportunity to accelerate improvements in information exchanged between international trade parties, and drive instant benefits to global shippers and carriers.
“Today when there aren’t standards, shippers make requests of carriers about specific data they want and the timing of that data, and the carriers are, in some ways, inhibited in their ability to keep responding to every individual request on how data should come back and forth,” she continued.
The companies say they will bring together “INTTRA’s global e-marketplace of carriers, freight forwarders and shippers with the expertise of GS1 US in helping industries develop standards, create advocacy and advance implementation.”
They said the “GS1 System consists of the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. These updated shipping guidelines will address the inefficiencies and lack of supply chain shipment visibility caused by numerous data sources that are tracked in multiple formats, including manually — causing delays for shippers, freight forwarders and carriers around the world.”
GS1 US said more than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on it "for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange."