GTINs and GLNs Prepare for Implementation

Prior to GTINs and GLNs implementation, it is essential to assess the effort needed to implement GTINs and GLNs in current systems and transactions. Key aspects of this effort include assessing internal systems, engaging with trading partners about readiness, and determining the transactions in which GTINs and GLNs are to be used. In addition, trading partners preparing to exchange EDI transactions which include GLN and GTIN may need to undertake other efforts like the exchange of GTIN and GLN data to lay the foundation for using GTIN and GLN in EDI transactions.

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Assess readiness to transact with GTIN and GLN

The first step in preparing for implementation of GTIN and GLN in EDI transactions is to assess both your own readiness and your trading partners’ readiness in terms of current state of GTIN and GLN implementation (i.e., have suppliers assigned GTINs to their products; have trading partners assigned GLNs to their parties and locations; etc.), as well as system capabilities.

  • Understand and agree-to ASC X12 EDI standard, guidelines and versions to be implemented
  • Identify gaps in your internal system to establish technology baseline.
  • Review current capabilities and/or solution providers used by all parties.
  • Communicate with trading partners to obtain information about their current GTIN and GLN implementation state, and readiness to transact with GTIN and GLN.
  • If both buyer and seller have assigned a GLN to a location (e.g., a 3 rd party warehouse) that has not yet implemented GLNs itself, determine which GLN will be used in transactions.
  • Determine if the buyer segregates POs by GLN (either deliver-to or ship-to).

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