AUSTIN, TX – June 2, 2015 – GS1 US recognized three companies yesterday with GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Retail Industry Achievement Awards at the GS1 Connect 2015 conference - located at the at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas. The awards, which honor organizations that have implemented GS1 Standards to deliver outstanding achievements in innovating the retail supply chain, were presented to the following winning companies in three categories:
- GS1 US Retailer Excellence Award: Macy’s Inc.
- GS1 US Supplier Excellence Award: PVH Corp.
- GS1 US Solution Provider Excellence Award: OpenText|GXS
“These companies are pioneering the new retail frontier in many ways as the consumer demands a seamless shopping experience,” said Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of GS1 US. “Their innovative vision and implementation of GS1 Standards have produced positive results in community engagement, customer satisfaction and process improvement.”
Peter Longo, president, Logistics and Operations at Macy’s Inc., received the industry-nominated Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award. As a long-time champion of GS1 Standards, Mr. Longo has played an integral role in Macy's adoption of GS1 Standards and guidelines for Universal Product Code (U.P.C.), electronic data interchange (EDI) and floor-ready initiatives. He has also lent his voice and time to helping the retail industry adopt Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) at the item-level in order to deliver on omni-channel strategies and goals.
“Peter’s leadership and participation in standards-based initiatives have made a significant impact on the retail industry’s ability to respond to the shift in consumer needs and behaviors,” said Carpenter. “He is a true collaborator, working with a diverse group of retail industry trading partners to develop and implement the most innovative supply chain best practices.”
A retail industry veteran, Mr. Longo leads Macy’s Logistics and Operations for both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and is responsible for all activities connecting the vendor/retailer supply chain including transportation, distribution, furniture/bedding operations and delivery, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment operations as well as the systems and technologies related to logistics and distribution activities. Mr. Longo is a member of the GS1 US Board of Governors and GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative Executive Leadership Committee.
The Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and leadership in the application of GS1 Standards and industry best practices to improve supply chain collaboration. Roger Milliken was known for being a catalyst for transformational best business practices across multiple industries. The award program continues in his memory to recognize those who demonstrate the vision and leadership that makes the retail industry operate more effectively.
All awards are supported by the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative, which serves to provide the education, training, tools, and community support that apparel and general merchandise retailers and brands need to implement GS1 Standards. These standards serve as a common language of business enabling companies to enhance inventory visibility and deliver on consumer omni-channel expectations.
For more information about the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Retail Industry Achievement Awards visitwww.gs1us.org/AGMAwards2015, and to learn more about the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative, visitwww.gs1us.org/apparelgm.
About the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative
The GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative is a retail industry group that is committed to defining business challenges and opportunities and organizing members to explore solutions and create adoption plans. More than 125 suppliers, distributors, retailers and logistics providers are participating members in Initiative activities, focused on improving inventory accuracy, exchanging standardized product data and achieving traceability with GS1 Standards. More information about the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative is available at www.gs1us.org/ApparelGM.
About GS1 US
GS1 US, a member of GS1®, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).www.GS1US.org