March 15, 2018

GS1 News March 2018 Issue: Each month GS1 US distributes a newsletter to initiative members to keep interested parties up-to-date on initiative news, implementation resources, educational offerings, and more. IFDA now shares the newsletter through our website.

Data Quality Tip of the Month

Bring a team to the next GS1 data quality training session. What better way to gain momentum with your data quality implementation than having the right people trained in the principles of product data accuracy and effective data governance?

Dot Foods will be hosting the next GS1 US Data Quality Workshop and the co-located GS1 Package Measurement with GTIN Management Standard Certificate Course on May 2-3 in Chicago. A bundle offer is available if you wish to attend both sessions.

News and Updated Resources:

  • A recording of Streamline Your Data Management for the Digital Age webinar presented by James Chronowski and Bryan Fucetola, GS1 US is available. (Please note: You will need to create a free account to review the recording and the link above takes you to a LOGIN screen.)
  • Also available is an on-demand webinar: Overview of Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative - Improving Supply Chain Visibility Together.
  • An updated Foodservice GDSN Attribute Guide is available. To access the PDF file, click here.
  • If you plan to attend GS1 Connect, June 5-7 in Phoenix, the Early Bird registration March 30th. Save an Extra 10% with your initiative member discount on top of the 15% Early Bird Discount by March 30th, simply enter code “18FS10” during registration.  To access conference info, click here.
  • A Joint Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and GS1 US Retail Grocery Initiative Member Meeting takes place at the conference on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This is an exclusive event, open to initiative members only. To learn more, click here.

Workgroup Updates

  • The Traceability Workgroup met to discuss barriers to entry and potential solutions for the adoption of both Global Location Numbers (GLNs) and Advance Ship Notices (ASNs).  The group identified several areas for further education and will continue these discussions on upcoming calls.
  • The GDSN Implementation Workgroup is reviewing attributes pertaining to GDSN releases 3.1.4 and 3.1.5 to understand if any of these attributes will be used by the foodservice industry and should be added to foodservice attribute guidelines and resources.
  • The Operational Efficiencies Workgroup met to discuss priorities of the 2018 strategies and received an overview presentation on GS1 US Data Hub.
  • The Joint National Data Quality Workgroup will re-convene to review the pilot results, once they have been finalized. This is to help validate the applicability of the proposed eight consumer-facing product attributes for Pillar 3 Attribute Audits within the GS1 US National Data Quality Program.

To review recent workgroup presentations and action plans, please access the initiative Community Room. Login Link

Traceability Corner

A new GS1 Standards for Traceability Online Certificate Course features "Tracy" who will guide you through 11 on-demand modules focused on:

  • The importance of globally unique identification of products and locations – as the foundation of effective traceability
  • How to implement case-level traceability with the use of GS1-128 barcodes
  • What key data elements (KDEs) need to be captured and shared at critical tracking events (CTEs)

Media Coverage

The following articles were recently published.

GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What's The Future of Food Traceability?  Publish at Food Online

Building a One-Stop System for Food Data Published on USDA AgResearch Magazine