Austroads has released a report recommending  the adoption of Global Data Standards (GDS) to improve freight visibility and supply chain efficiencies.

The Austroads’ supply chain visibility report was undertaken with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Supply Chain Standards Working Group and GS1 Australia. Pilot studies with assessed the impact of adoption of the technology based on GS1 global data standards (GDS).

SmartFreight, a leading Australian global freight software provider, has embraced the recommendations in the report.

The SmartFreight® solution has successfully completed GS1 Australia’s Transport Software Certification process with users now able to generate freight labels according to the GS1 global supply chain standards outlined in the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline.

GS1 supply chain standards enable parties across the supply chain to operate more efficiently with improved freight visibility using a common standard for identifying, labelling and sharing data relating to the movement of freight units.

The GS1 Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) is a globally unique freight unit identifier used to uniquely identify each freight unit from origin to destination.

Kerry Holmes, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at SmartFreight, said, “SmartFreight fully support the Australian Freight Labelling Standards, based on GS1 Open Global Standards.

The GS1 system is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world, enabling increased visibility and reduced costs across the supply chain, which ultimately helps all Australians.”

GS1 Australia’s Senior Advisor – Trade, Transport & Heavy Industry, Michiel Ruighaver said, “We are very pleased that SmartFreight have embraced GS1 global supply chain standards and look forward to assisting them and their clients to improve efficiency and freight visibility within their supply chains.”

The SSCC can be used to uniquely identify any type of logistic unit including satchels, cartons, crates and pallets.

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