Trade items rely on specific key attributes to support global data synchronization with data pools.
The attributes in GDSN are classified into two broad categories:
- Global attributes: A global attribute is an attribute that is relevant for business cases around the world, and can only have a single value throughout the world. One example of a global attribute is the GTIN attribute.
- Target market attributes: These attributes can be further classified
- Core target market attributes: These attributes are for a trade item that can have different values for different target markets, or are mandatory for one and optional for another TM. In global data synchronization, these attributes are referred to as global local attributes. A global-local attribute is an attribute that is relevant for business cases around the world, but it might have a different value depending on the geography. An example of a global-local attribute is VAT tax values, which varies by country, such as 1.00 in France or 1.05 in Belgium.
- Extension attributes: These are business driven or industry vertical driven attributes. In global data synchronization, these attributes are referred to as Extension attributes.