1. This document is the final version of the report “Architecture Report for eBusiness harmonisation in Textile/Clothing and Footwear sectors”, its contents have been revised and integrated from the feedbacks received from the 17 pilots of the eBIZ-TCF project.
This document should be assumed as the technical reference in order to tackle the objectives of eBusiness harmonisation in Textile Clothing and Footwear initiatives aiming to join eBIZ-TCF.
2. The report is based on three main parts:
The initial chapters 1, 2 and 3 offer a general methodological overview.
The remaining chapters detail the architecture in its main areas and allow to choose the right scenarios of interest (upstream manufacturing networks for Textile-Clothing and for Footwear, downstream relationships between retailers and producers, Communication, product numbering and identification)
The appendixes offer the details about the technical implementation and the references about on-line resources available to implementers.
3. The main changes in respect of the previous version are:
the new downstream collaboration (on customer demand),
new introductory chapters about the relationship with the world of standardisation
a short how to use this report guide,
reference to the document validation tool,
a best practice about the envelope for ebMS data transmission (both oin the Report and in Appendix E).
new 'Stock availability report' document about inventory status (Appendix A).
4. This document is available from the project web site (www.ebiz-tcf.eu) together with other resources that should help the designers and implementers in their work.
New versions of this document could be delivered in a future according with the development of the eBIZ-TCF Interest Group that will be in charge for its improvement and maintenance after the conclusion of the project.
As a general rule the specifications are expected to be back-compatible.