July 5, 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 newsletter through our website.

Highlights in this issue

  • Workgroup Updates
  • Feature of the Month – Video: Moving at the Speed of Consumers
  • Traceability Corner
  • Data Quality Tip of the Month
  • Educational Opportunities

Workgroup Updates
The Traceability Workgroup continued their discussions on product category specific roadmaps to increase adoption of GS1-128 barcodes in the industry. The group has also finalized 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 gs1us.org 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.

The Marketing Workgroup continues to extend invitations to ELC members to 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. In addition, the group is also providing feedback on a new case study in development on the benefits of implementing a traceability program

The Joint Foodservice and Retail Grocery Data Quality Workgroup is working to finalize the consumer-facing attributes that are to be included or excluded within a Pillar 3 Attribute Audit of the GS1 US National Data Quality Program. The review process ensures the attributes cover both the foodservice and retail grocery verticals, 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 allergen and ingredients attributes along with other cross-vertical attributes. At the conclusion of the review process, the workgroup will begin discussions on how to test/audit these attributes and how accuracy/inaccuracies would be communicated.

Feature of the Month – Annual Overview
Watch GS1 US 2017 Annual Overview: Moving at the Speed of Consumers — a video message from Bob Carpenter, CEO and President of GS1 US — as he outlines how GS1 US is working with industry to meet ever-changing consumer expectations. The 2017 Annual Overview focuses on what consumers want, what businesses care about, and how GS1 US helps.

Traceability Corner
Use the GS1 Discovery App to demonstrate internally and externally how GS1 Standards help improve traceability processes. This interactive tool can help visually explain how product and corresponding data flows through the foodservices supply chain. Explore, click, and share the knowledge about how supply chain visibility enables process improvements in a variety of areas. View the GS1 Discovery App to learn more.

Data Quality Tip of the Month
Looking to establish or enhance your data quality program? The GS1 US National Data Quality Program Framework was developed by industry stakeholders, representing every facet of the supply chain, to identify the steps needed for an organization to establish or enhance their internal data quality program. Click here to receive a copy of the document.

Educational Opportunities
GS1 US Fundamentals Certificate Course focusing on GS1 identifiers, features and usage of barcodes, Application Identifiers, Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCC), and more.

Package Measurement w/GTIN Management Standard Certificate Course focusing on how to apply the GS1 Package Measurement Rules and the GTIN Management Standard.

GS1 US EDI Essentials Certificate Course focusing on the basics of the X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards and how to use them to implement an EDI program.

Advisory Services
Need an expert team onsite at your location to help you assess and address a traceability or data quality 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.

Tools and Resources
Which product is this? View brand owner-supplied case GTINs and basic product data with GS1 US Data Hub® | Product View/Use. This subscription-based tool gives you access to the GS1 US product database, a listing of more than 13 million products created directly by the brand owners

Want to understand data requirements from your trading partners for GDSN? Check out GS1 US Attribute Explorer – a product information search and discovery tool.

Media Coverage
Taking the Foodservice Supply Chain to the Next Level of Traceability
Restaurant SmartBrief

Track and Trace—Aligning with Shifting Consumer Demands
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

Food Labels, Traceability, and the FSMA
Labeling News

Barcodes for Food Traceability
Nice Label