The Global Language of Business

GS1 XML Messages

GS1 XML messages are developed using business process modelling methodology. First, the business process is described, including the identification of the business data that need to be exchanged between the main parties. This information is then mapped to the electronic messages. Thus, the GS1 XML messages are not always an equivalent of traditional paper business documents. 

The messages available in the GS1 XML standard cover the following areas of the supply chain:

  • Data Synchronisation messages that enable sending information about the trade item attributes and support its automated synchronisation  between business partners, using the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) 
  • Messages used to order goods and respond to this order; 
  • Messages used to announce the despatch of goods and confirm their receipt
  • Messages requesting payment for the goods sold and informing about the payment being sent
  • Messages for planning and execution of transport
  • Messages supporting automated replenishment of goods

GS1 XML standards support both Downstream (between the consumer goods manufacturers and retail) and Upstream (between the consumer goods manufacturers and their suppliers of raw material, packaging, etc.) communication.