April 14, 2017

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 – Executive Q&A Interview
Welcome New Members
Workgroup Updates
Traceability Corner
Data Quality Tip of the Month
Educational Opportunities

Feature of the Month

Dick Tracy of Dot FoodsExecutive Q&A: Executive Leadership Committee member Dick Tracy of Dot Foods, Inc. talks about what benefits his company has seen from participating in the initiative, and how he sees GS1 Standards driving innovation in the future.

Welcome New Members

Chick-Fil-AGS1 US recently welcomed Chick-fil-A, Inc. to the initiative. The company joined the initiative in March, bringing the total membership to 136 organizations. Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Workgroup Updates

The Traceability Workgroup has started to work on product category specific roadmaps to increase adoption of GS1-128 barcodes in the industry. The group is also working on enhancing 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 is reviewing the attribute changes for the November 2017 GDSN release. A subgroup did an assessment of the revised Child Nutrition updates for GDSN, as well as the attribute additions and changes. The recommendations from the sub-group were brought back to the workgroup and there are a few attributes that need further clarification. The workgroup also agreed to create a document with the changes that will be shared on the gs1us.org website.

The Operational Efficiencies Workgroup has started to work on an 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.

The Marketing Workgroup continues to execute the 2017 marketing plan in support of driving awareness and education around traceability, data completeness and accuracy. Recent activities include the promotion of the new foodservice traceability guideline via association partner communications and press outreach, as well as the completion of the first Executive Q&A interview with Dick Tracy of Dot Foods.

The Joint Foodservice and Retail Grocery Data Quality Workgroup recently confirmed and welcomed three co-chairs:

  • Recipient/Retailer role - Jeffrey Cree from Ahold/Delhaize
  • Operator/Distributor role - Brad Best from Performance Food Group (PFG)
  • Manufacturer role - Regan VanTassel from ECOLAB

The group continues to review consumer-facing attributes to be included/excluded in the GS1 US National Data Quality Program, how to audit those attributes, and establish definitions of accurate vs. inaccurate data. The group is also discussing industry provided examples highlighting the use of Global Product Classification (GPC) codes on products and the possibility of including them within an attribute audit, as well as several examples emphasizing pack quantities related to complex trade item hierarchies.  

If you have any questions or would like to join a workgroup or add another staff member from your company, please email foodservice@gs1us.org.

Traceability Corner

Have you visited the GS1 US Food Safety page recently? In addition to accessing case studies, guidance documents, and videos, now you can share the entire page with colleagues and trading partners. Just use our new easy to share button in the upper right corner of the page. You can print, email, or share via social media.

Data Quality Tip of the Month

Does your company realize the actual cost of inaccurate data?
GS1 US has developed three ROI calculators to help brand owners demonstrate the value of accurate data. The ROI documents contain detailed instructions and worksheets and are designed to help you determine potential transportation and warehousing costs savings based on accurate dimensions and weight. If you need assistance, please contact foodservice@gs1us.org.

GSI Connect 2017

Educational Opportunities

GS1 US Data Quality Workshop in San Diego (co-located with the 2017 TPA Supply Chain Conference – May 3, 2017)
Join us to learn:

  • How to calculate ROI for data quality investments
  • Steps needed to establish or enhance a data quality program for your organization within a standards-based framework
  • Best practices to support effective data governance processes

EDI Essentials Certificate Course in Lawrenceville, NJ (April 25-26, 2017)

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.