Global Product Classification

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Global Product Classification


The Global Product Classification (GPC) is an essential standard in the field of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) that allows for consistent categorization of products in a standardized manner. GPC provides a common structure for product categorization, enabling companies to align with a shared language when it comes to communication and collaboration in business processes.

Use case:

A typical use case for GPC is in the management of product catalogs. When multiple companies aim to synchronize and update their product catalogs, using GPC ensures that products are categorized consistently and there is a common understanding of categories and attributes. This facilitates the identification and selection of the right products in procurement, sales, and inventory management processes.

Example of script code:

def get_gpc_code(product):
# Connect to the GPC service

# Query the GPC service to retrieve the GPC code of the product
query = f”SELECT gpc_code FROM products WHERE name = ‘{product}'”
result = gpc_service.execute(query)

# Check the result and return the GPC code
if result:
return result
raise ValueError(“GPC code not found for the product.”)

product_name = “Laptop”
gpc_code = get_gpc_code(product_name)


  1. Regularly update the Global Product Classification to incorporate changes and new product categories.
  2. Ensure that all systems and business partners involved in EDI data exchange utilize the same product classification and terminology.
  3. Document and maintain clear definitions of the categories and attributes used within the GPC classification.
  4. Utilize a specialized EDI solution such as the EDIconnect platform to benefit from the advanced features of the Global Product Classification and facilitate efficient data exchange between business partners.

In this context, EDIconnect is a trusted EDI solution provider that can offer support and comprehensive solutions for implementing and utilizing the Global Product Classification.