Ahold Europe

GDSN® Initiative

Ahold is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands, with strong local consumer brands in Europe and the United States.

Our foundation is selling great food – and supermarkets are our core business. We also operate other formats and channels so that our customers can shop whenever and wherever is most convenient for them. We provide our customers with the best possible value, assortment and shopping experience.

We are able to do this because we have great employees who love what they do and are good at it. The relationships they build with our customers are an important part of why they keep coming back to shop with us.

Ahold Europe comprises Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany (supermarkets, convenience stores, online); Etos (drugstores, online), Gall & Gall (liquor stores, online) and albert.nl (home delivery) in the Netherlands; and Albert / Hypernova (supermarkets) in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Also Bol.com is part of the Ahold family (wide range non-food and food, online).

In the United States, Ahold owns several strong local supermarket brands: Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets. It also owns Peapod, the largest online grocery delivery service in the country.

Ahold is streamlining its internal systems and processes by fully integrating global data synchronization. The aim is to achieve the clean, accurate and complete product data and comply with universally supported GS1 system standards by synchronizing item information with our trading partners via the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®).

The most compelling advantage of standardized exchange of master data via GDSN® is that it brings a lot of added value to our consumers. This next to vast benefits as: better data quality, ability to add data and media, higher efficiency, more efficient training, less rework and less costs.

The first step to start synchronizing with Ahold EU is to contact your sourcing manager at Ahold EU. If you have strategic questions about GDSN® initiatives within Ahold Europe, please email Mr. Armand Schins, Data Quality & Governance Manager, Ahold Europe, Retail Transformation.

The website of GS1 in The Netherlands gives information on specific Dutch market arrangements around GDSN: GS1 DAS (Data Source). Please contact GS1 in The Netherlands for more information on GDSN® in The Netherlands.

Mr. Armand Schins, Data Quality & Governance Manager, Ahold Europe, Retail Transformation