EDI Standards Associations ; Guide for the Fashion Industry
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Since EDI came onto the scene in the 1960s, organizations have attempted to standardize B2B messaging. Due to diverse business requirements, industries have optimized messaging formats for their own use, resulting in more than a dozen popular EDI standards in use today. Popular formats, such as X12, EDIFACT, TRADACOMS, and ebXML are used across industries to facilitate business communication, while niche variations and EDI formats specify transactions in unique industry scenarios.

fashion directory  American National Standards Institute (ANSI) : The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.


fashion directory  Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA): Established as a not-for-profit, the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) is home for the development of cross-industry electronic business interchange standards.


fashion directory  Department of Defense Electronic Data Interchange Standards : The Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD) provides expertise in Network Science and Engineering. It develops knowledge about networks to understand their complexity and inform their future design. It seeks to discover and understand common principles and fundamental structures underlying networks and their behaviors. It studies the processes underlying networks evolution and the paradigms for network engineering to enhance their efficiency, reliability, security, and robustness. ANTD remains very active in The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where it participates in the development of network protocols and algorithms, studies system issues in interoperability of communication networks, and actively transitions the lessons learned to industrial partners for commercialization.


fashion directory  GS1 Working with GS1, you can rest assured that your barcodes and unique numbers will be accepted by major retailers and distributors all over the world. New standards only make a difference if they’re relevant in the real world. That’s why our members — over a million organisations — drive everything we do. From proposing new standards to updating existing ones, we operate as an association of businesses large and small. Together, we reduce costs and deliver better service to our customers — whoever they might be.


fashion directory  GS1 US GS1 Standards are the shared language businesses use to sell, grow, remain competitive, and even reinvent themselves. They allow you to easily identify, manage, and share product data with your trading partners, supply chains, and customers to streamline operations, cut costs, and deliver richer, more satisfying customer experiences.  New to GS1 US? Their U.P.C.s, Barcodes, & Prefixes section can help you understand barcodes, get a GS1 Company Prefix, and create U.P.C.s, GTINs, and barcodes.


X12 : X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute for more than 35 years, develops and maintains EDI standards and XML schemas which drive business processes globally.

For Historical Reference of the Uniform Code Council, EAN International & GS1.

UCC stands for Uniform Code Council, Inc., an organization that until 1972 was known as the Uniform Grocery Product Code Council. Their mission was “to take a global leadership role in establishing and promoting multi-industry standards for product identification, including the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.), and related electronic communications. The goal is to enhance efficient supply chain management, contributing added value to the customer.” Buy UCC (Uniform Code Council) Issued Barcodes The Uniform Code Council then merged with EAN International into GS1, Global Standards One. GS1, thereby, effectively became the single worldwide origination point for UPC and EAN numbers (now known as GTIN-12 and GTIN-13, respectively).

On the 7th of June 2005 the UCC become the official GS1 member organization for the United States of America under the new name of GS1 US

  • EAN International (Now GS1): As a true multi-industry system, EAN International offers business solutions to industries world-wide. For companies adopting and integrating EAN.UCC identification and business communications standards lead to total visibility of goods and services in logistics, supply and administrative processes. This includes all parts of the supply chain: raw materials, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retailing and end consumers world-wide. Currently, companies from a wide range of industries benefit from the EAN.UCC system including retail, healthcare, packaging, transport, public procurement and defence, bovine, services, computers and apparel manufacturers.
  • Uniform Code Council (UCC): Everyday, more than 250,000 U.S.-based member companies rely on the standards and services of the Uniform Code Council for the effective management and control of their supply chains.   As a member organization of EAN International, the UCC leads its North American membership with true global representation in the EAN.UCC System.  The UCC operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries, UCCnet and RosettaNet.  In addition, the UCC partners with Drummond Group, Inc. to operate eBusinessReady, an industry-neutral software compliance and interoperability testing program.  The organization works through EPCglobal US to sponsor the development of the Electronic Product Code (EPC).

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