Hyperledger Grid Location is a framework for sharing location master data between trade partners. The framework is built in a generic and extensible way to allow for flexibility in serving various use cases and specialized industries. The first extension of this framework – a GS1 compliant location – is built and allows organizations to harness the power of a widely adopted industry standard. Location is a universal concept within the supply chain and is naturally one of the highest areas of re-use across Grid applications.
What’s the benefit to using Grid Location?
Grid Location allows an organization to uniquely identify a location and share that location with trade partners. This foundational capability serves as the WHERE dimension within Grid, enabling a wide host of distributed supply chain and commerce solutions. The framework can stand alone or pair with other Grid capabilities to support use cases such as:
- Track and Trace. Visibility into where a product was sourced from, what locations the product has passed through, where the product is now, where the product is destined, and more.
- Inventory & Warehouse Management. Visibility into what inventory stock levels look like across my network.
- Order Management. Visibility into what Sold To, Ship To, and Bill To locations are relevant for a purchase order and related documents such as Bill of Lading, Receipt of Goods, Invoice, etc.
Location information can also enrich user experiences through the display of location attribution. Imagine a front-end interface where you can view location names, addresses, and contacts alongside your business transactions.
What do we consider a GS1 compliant location?
A location can represent more than a physical space. Check out the four different types of locations our GS1 compliant location supports below or by visiting the GS1 General Specifications.
- Legal entities. Any business, government body, department, charity, individual or institution that has standing in the eyes of the law and has the capacity to enter into contracts. Examples: Whole companies, subsidiaries or divisions. Suppliers, distributors, banks, freight carriers, etc.
- Functional entities. A specific department within a legal entity. Examples: Accounting accounts payable, returns.
- Physical locations. A site (an area, a structure or group of structures) or an area within the site where something was, is, or will be located. Examples: Retail store, airport gate, manufacturing facility, warehouse, distribution center, dock door, floor number, section of floor, room, shelf, section on shelf.
- Digital locations. An electronic (non-physical) address that is used for communication between computer systems. Example: ERP system.
- Create a location and share it with one or more trade partners
- Update (replace) the properties of a location
- Remove a location
- View a location and its related attributes
Grid Location sapling
The Grid Location sapling is a user interface (UI) plug-in that allows a user to interact with the features described above. This front-end interface is under development. Once built, the sapling will allow business users to refine, consume and transact with the underlying smart contracts in a user-friendly way. Stay tuned for the Grid Location visual design and implementation.
Want to learn more?
Explore Grid Location implementation details by reviewing the Hyperledger Grid Location Request for Comment (RFC) found in the Hyperledger Grid RFC Repo.