THE GLOBAL DATA SYNCHRONIZATION NETWORK (GDSN), the Web-based system through which suppliers are able to send standard data about products to retailers, has expanded substantially since its inception in 2004, particularly among manufacturers. The number of organizations represented by global location numbers (GLNs) that have registered in GDSN's registry — largely from the CPG/retail, hardlines/consumer electronics and health care sectors — has grown from 233 in 2005 to 23,574 in 2010. The ...

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