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GS1 News: New Case Studies Featuring Pocono ProFoods and Tyson Foods


Each month GS1 US distributes a newsletter to members of the initiative to keep interested parties up-to-date on initiative news, implementation resources, educational offerings, and more. IFDA is now sharing the monthly newsletter through our website.

Highlights from this issue Feature of the Month – New Case Studies Available
Pocono ProFoods – Distributing quality product data for quality customer experience
Read how Pocono ProFoods implemented a campaign to collaborate with suppliers in publishing accurate and comprehensive product data, and then provided sales reps and their customers with online access to this information.
Tyson Foods Putting customers and consumers first by leveraging GS1 Standards for stability and velocity
Learn how Tyson continues to further leverage its investments in implementing GS1 Standards, particularly GS1-128 barcodes, for case-level traceability to help enable stability and reliability for a variety of business processes.
Welcome New Member
We are excited to welcome Lower Foods, Inc. to our initiative. They joined us in April bringing the total membership to 137 organizations. Lower Foods, Inc. is a family owned business since 1927 specializing in the meat processing business for foodservice and retail distributors.
Workgroup Updates
The Traceability Workgroup continues to discuss product category specific roadmaps to increase adoption of GS1-128 barcodes in the industry. The group is also finalizing enhancements to the GDSN Implementation Checklists to include steps from our recently published Foodservice Implementation Guideline for Case-Level Traceability Using GS1 Standards. These checklists will be part of our “Traceability Toolkit,” designed to assist organizations in their traceability implementations and programs.
The GDSN Implementation Workgroup has reviewed the attribute changes for the November 2017 GDSN release. The team agreed that companies need to prepare for the technical aspects of the release, and the workgroup will recommend a timeline for implementation of new attributes, including Child Nutrition. Once approved, these recommendations will be shared on the website.
The Operational Efficiencies Workgroup is finalizing their EDI process map. This will detail the EDI steps specific to foodservice and the ways GS1 Standards can be leveraged at each point. The EDI process map will lay the groundwork for the group’s discussion on areas for process improvement and further operational efficiencies.
In addition to publishing the new Pocono ProFoods Case Study (see Feature section), the Marketing Workgroup extended invitations to several ELC members to publicly share their thoughts on the benefits of participating in the initiative. These testimonials will continue to help the industry communicate the value of membership and industry-wide adoption of GS1 Standards. Co-branded marketing materials created by the workgroup will be on hand at the Dot Innovations Conference in May. The GS1 US Foodservice team will have a booth alongside the Dot eCom/GDSN team.
The Joint Foodservice and Retail Grocery Data Quality Workgroup continues to review consumer-facing attributes that are to be included or excluded within an attribute audit or Pillar 3 of the GS1 US National Data Quality Program. The review process also includes ensuring the attributes service both the Foodservice and Retail Grocery channels, how to perform an audit on those included attributes and to establish definitions of accurate vs. inaccurate data. During the last meeting, the group continued the discussion on inclusion of the Global Product Classification (GPC) codes and the quantity of “child” Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) within a mixed case or pallet, when conducting an attribute audit.
If you have any questions or would like to join a workgroup or add another staff member from your company, please email

Traceability Corner
If you need to put traceability in simple terms to help your team learn how to get it done and where to get help, we’ve developed a brief Getting Started with GS1-128 Barcodes in Foodservice document. This simple, FAQ-style document explains many of the common issues of implementation. Check it out, share it, and let us know how you’re making progress with your traceability program.
Data Quality Tip of the Month
It takes a village to build a solid data quality program. One of the best ways we know to get a team to work together is to get everyone on the same page. Share the link to our On-Demand Informational Webinar about data quality with others at your company and start building your data quality village.
Educational Opportunities
NEW – Six Part Web Series: GS1 Foundations Certificate (Online Course)
Are you new to GS1 Standards or need a refresher? This new online six-part certificate training covers the foundational aspects of globally unique product identification and barcoding. The basics of the Package Measurement Rules and the GTIN Management Standard are also covered. Learn at your leisure.

For upcoming live educational opportunities, visit our events calendar or for online training courses visit the GS1 US University Learning Management System.
Advisory Services
Need an expert team onsite at your location to help you assess and address a business process challenge? Our GS1 US Advisory Services team offers customized implementation support for integrating GS1 Standards into your operations. For more information, visit our Foodservice and Retail Grocery Advisory Services web page or contact us for a brief complimentary consultation.