EMNS, Inc. was featured for their integration of the CGF ConnectTalk open API with the leading supply chain quality assurance management system, GSQA®.
March 28, 2017: The parent of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) who services the huge FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Industry. The CGF has defined the ConnectTalk API for its members to easily and securely share information about the quality and safety of materials in their supply chains.
The ConnectTalk API (application program interface) was designed and deployed as a prototype for generating web conversations concerning material quality characteristics between retailers and manufacturers in the CGF. The design of the API will allow it to be easily extended to suppliers, sub- suppliers and consumers as well. The API supports a query generated by a retailer about product characteristics such as the country of origin, ingredients, the producer, etc., and the manufacturer’s responses. The number of characteristics can grow quickly through the use of the GS1 standard codes.
GSQA® is the first commercial supply chain quality solution to incorporate the API. This will allow GSQA® subscribers to give their partners access to critical data for quick queries without logging into the service. If the data required is not in GSQA®, the API can initiate a supplemental query to a known supplier to provide the appropriate reply.
This question/answer model requires that the receiving entity connects the open- source CGF OpenAPI code to their supply chain management solution to receive the query, then map it to the GS1 codes in their database of SKUs and materials, and return the appropriate data or a no-info reply. The query/response transaction is propagated by accessing the CGF ConnectTalk API and will be analyzed by member companies in close to real time.