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Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative: Get Ready…The Time Is Now!

The “business of food” is changing fast...the business models used just a few years ago no longer provide the efficiencies needed today; and increased consumer demand for product information regarding allergens, nutrition and food safety, including recent government regulations, all underscore the need for a common standards-based system to identify, capture and share accurate and timely product information.

By attending this free webinar you will learn what manufacturers, distributors and operators such as Tyson Foods, Inc., US Foods and Sodexo, Inc. already know, and how you can join them:

  • GS1 Standards and their use in the foodservice industry
  • The Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative, its goals, industry adoption progress, and how your organization can get involved
  • Benefits that foodservice companies are already seeing  
  • Industry and regulatory food safety initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Tools and resources available to help you get started  

10/15/14 - 2pm EST
11/12/14 - 2pm EST
12/10/14 - 2pm EST

GS1 US GDSN Major Release Implementation Workshop for Retail/Foodservice
Date: Tuesday, October 14th
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm CST

In this hands-on workshop, participants will be guided through the steps needed to prepare for the Global Data Synchronization NetworkTM (GDSN®) non-backward Major Release 3.X scheduled to be rolled out in 2016. The workshop will focus on the detail of the data changes and how they are intended to operate, including more than 200 new attributes, hierarchy withdrawal, deprecation of some attributes, and other data migration requirements. 

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GS1 US Data Quality Workshops

In this workshop GS1 US experts will guide you through the GS1 US Data Quality Program including the necessary steps needed to establish or enhance a data quality program for your organization within a standards-based framework. Topics include a review of the GS1 GTIN Allocation Rules, GDSN Package Measurement Fundamentals, the concept of an effective data quality framework, and an overview of the GS1 US National Data Quality Program, including a review of the 5-point best practice guidance for new item setup.

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On-Demand Webinars

New! The Standards Advantage – Adding Value to your Supply Chain
Accurate product information, optimized supply chain efficiency and enhanced food safety are critical in the changing foodservice landscape. Hear from industry experts on the benefits of GS1 Standards for your company and why they should be an important part of your supply chain strategy. Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor or operator, we’ve got you covered

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New! Foodservice Attribute Changes

Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative work groups have identified key improvement areas within food-related attributes to assist implementation across the industry. This informative session explain how these changes will allow you to define product information for better use by trading partners, improve GDSN validations, and decrease data synchronization rejections. Based on these recommendations, the Foodservice GDSN Workgroup created solutions which are currently being implemented by foodservice data pools, and solution providers.

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Product Images - More than Just Pretty Pictures

Foodservice product images tell a story. They offer tremendous business value by offering important information, reducing the need for samples, and improving online user experience and merchandising capabilities. They can even help boost sales revenue when language may be a barrier. But, with digital images and formatting requirements varying across trading partners, this business value isn’t always realized. This informative session will put forth guidance and standardized methodology for how foodservice products can be stylized, represented digitally and transmitted through the GDSN, thus reducing complexity and enabling value. It also provides an overview of the new “Product Images Application Guideline” available to support the foodservice industry with implementation.  

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Educational Series

Foodservice Education for GS1 Canada Presentation

To view the webinars included in our Foodservice Educational Series, click here.

Series 1 - Getting Started with GS1 Standards
These webinars explain the overall benefits of the Initiative and GS1 Standards adoption, and offer guidance on assembling your internal support team.
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GS1 Standards

  • Getting Started: What are GS1 Standards? What are the benefits of GS1 Standards adoption? How do I get started?
  • About the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN): What is the GDSN process? What are the benefits of adopting the GDSN?
  • Requirements for the GDSN: attributes, messaging, best practices
  • Defining the roles of data pools, publishing, and solution providers
  • An outline of the key people involved in a data management team, plus how and why they can be instrumental to your success
Series 2 - Foundations for Unique Identification
These webinars offers training on implementing unique product and location identifiers and how to utilize them in barcodes.
Introduction to Product and Location Identification
  • Introduction to Global Location Numbers (GLNs) 
  • Introduction to Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs)
  • Introduction to Global Location Numbers (GLNs) and assignment, developing GLN hierarchies and best practices, and the GS1 Company Prefix
  • Introduction to Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and assignment, plus GTIN allocation rules and best practices
Introduction to GS1 Barcodes
  • Types of GS1 barcodes, when to use each type of barcode, best practices on GS1 barcode usage, and barcode quality control
Series 3 - Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and GDSN Implementation
This webinar provides more detail on the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and selecting third-party providers.
Implementing the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)
  • Process for selecting a GDSN-Certified Data Pool and Recommendations for Solution Partners
  • How to get started in the GDSN
  • Developing your internal roadmap
  • Implementation options (machine-to-machine, portal, etc.) 
  • A review of your technical implementation options for synchronizing and receiving data
Series 4 - Optimizing Clean and Accurate Data
These webinars provide details on using, sharing, and optimizing electronically captured data.
Developing Your Data Usage Strategy
  • How can you use the data in existing or future systems and business processes?
  • How to develop your project plan for data sharing
Data Integrity and Cleansing Processes
  • How to ensure that your product information is clean and accurate and is updated in real time
  • Establishing internal business processes around data governance
  • How to develop metrics to measure your success

Additional Information to Aid in Implementation or Adoption
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Barcode Symbology
  • Review of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative’s recommendation for Barcode Symbology implementation
GLN Strategy and GTIN Hierarchy
  • Review of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative’s recommendation for GTIN assignment