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GS1 Connect: Thrive | June 4-6, 2024 | Orlando, Florida

Unlock the Full Value of Your Supply Chain

Strategic insights & tactical solutions—only at GS1 Connect

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Level Up Your Supply Chain to Thrive

Only at GS1 Connect® can you learn best practices for your physical and digital supply chains, network with colleagues, and stay ahead of emerging industry trends. Join us to keep pace with data requirements, regulations, and evolving technologies!

Your Trading Partner Is Right Across the Table

From listing to ordering, invoicing to fulfilling, all the way to transportation and shelving, having standardized data is critical for smooth integration with trading partners. Ensure your data exchange with your vendors and data recipients is seamless by engaging with your trading partners face-to-face at the Trading Partner Roundtable sessions—there’s a seat for you at the table!

Strive to Thrive


Network With Partners and Experts 

Connect with colleagues, interact with industry leaders, and tap into the latest best practices to discover new opportunities and rise above the ordinary to exceed customer expectations.


How to Do Business With... Sessions

Get the inside scoop on what you need to successfully partner with leading grocery, foodservice, retail, and healthcare companies.

Keynote Speakers

Get inspired personally and professionally by our main stage speakers, including industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • FPO
    Bob Carpenter

    President and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 US®

  • FPO
    Fast Company & GS1 US Present

    Sustainability: Why Circularity Solutions are a Supply Chain Imperative

  • FPO
    Morris Morrison

    Disrupt Yourself: Driving Change on Purpose

Exclusively at GS1 Connect

GS1 US Ask the Experts Hub and Hands-On Experiences

Explore Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) assignment, data quality tools, 2D barcode scanning, traceability, GS1 Standards, and helpful resources with GS1 US experts.

GS1 US Innovation Hub

Discuss ways to unleash the power of innovation and emerging technology that can transform the supply chain as we know it.

Wellness Breaks

Step away from the action and take a break from the content at the GS1 US Wellness Lounge located just outside the conference area. Focus and calm your mind—put your feet up, enjoy a refreshing beverage, take moments of intentional breath, and engage your senses to reenergize yourself for the rest of the day.

Topic Tours

Let a GS1 US® expert guide you through brief demonstrations and resources on specific topics important to you and your business:

  • Participate in Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) traceability demos focused on the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Traceability Rule (FSMA Rule 204) and the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
  • Meet 1:1 with experts about GTIN allocation and management standards and about leveraging GS1 Standards for sustainability.
  • Get support for implementing 2D barcodes and GS1 Digital Link and hands-on scanning demonstrations. 
  • Understand the benefits of TDS 2.0 and the ability to use extended attributes encoded into RFID labels.

Networking Events

The strongest businesses take full advantage of building their collaborative networks—and GS1 Connect is the place to be for doing just that! With so many industries and so much expertise represented, you can gain new perspectives from companies you would never have encountered otherwise. Workshop solutions with like-minded professionals and join the daily networking events:

  • GS1 Connect Welcome Reception | Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Keynote & Cocktail Reception | Wednesday, June 5, 4:45 PM-6:00 PM
  • Closing Networking Event | Thursday, June 6, 3:00 PM-3:45 PM
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Sessions Created by Industry, for Industry

GS1 Connect is where major industries converge to stay ahead of the supply chain curve! The agenda will feature 60+ sessions across 7 different industry tracks, developed by experts from our Community Advisory Board who personally work in that industry. Attend your industries’ sessions to learn from experts and leaders in your sector—or drop into another industry track for a fresh perspective!

  • Learn both industry-specific and broadly applicable best practices
  • Get actionable, strategic insights and tactical solutions
  • Benefit from multiple perspectives for business growth
  • Advance traceability and supply chain initiatives

As a foodservice manufacturer, distributor, or operator, how do you make your supply chain run efficiently? What are the fundamentals needed to identify, capture, and share product information seamlessly with trading partners to meet ever-growing consumer expectations? How do you achieve brand loyalty and maintain sustainability goals in today’s fast-paced supply chain environment? The Foodservice track is designed to delve into these topics, focusing on supply chain visibility and actionable insights to help your business optimize operations and help stakeholders apply best practices in information transparency, inventory management, and end-to-end traceability. 

With the change in consumer demands over the past years, how have adaptations and improvements been made to supply chain visibility that can be attributed to the use of GS1 Standards?  How have companies made enhancements to product information, inventory visibility, and flexibility in fulfillment options? What key learnings drive success in supply chain performance, and how can GS1 Standards help organizations comply with regulations? These are just some of the questions industry leaders will answer with best practice recommendations to help drive full supply chain visibility, such as sharing accurate data, promoting trading partner collaboration, and optimizing operational processes. 

What lessons could be applied to the future of healthcare supply chains from the last two years of unrivaled circumstances? How do you capitalize on the tremendous efforts of the industry to meet regulatory requirements that have led to improvements in traceability, interoperability, and inventory management with globally unique identification and standardized data exchange? What are the pillars of high-quality data that healthcare companies can adopt for supply chain visibility and opportunities for efficiency? Questions like these will be the focal points of discussion in the Healthcare track, with best practice recommendations you can take back to your organization for inspiration and action. 

How to Do Business With… Sessions provide companies the opportunity to share business process requirements and company specific initiative updates with their trading partner community to strengthen collaboration. 

Innovation topics are designed to connect the dots for attendees to understand the intersection of standards with emerging technology to support business and supply chain processes. Of specific interest are combined physical and digital experiences (“phygital”), computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; emerging data carriers and sensor fusion, mixed reality; robotics and robotic process automation, digital disruption, digital identity, circularity, and sustainability; and the Internet of Things. 

Is “back to basics on product identification” the right strategy for keeping pace with evolving technology? How can you maintain or develop a leading edge for success in omni-channel fulfillment? Why are RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and other technologies for inventory visibility no longer a “nice to have” for staying competitive? Retail partners and brand owners will share valuable insights to help organizations large and small win customers and sales, help stakeholders apply best practices in the use of GS1 Standards to streamline inefficient business processes, and provide source-to-consumer product visibility in support of business success.  

In the Standards and Tools Track, sessions will allow for the exploration of the various GS1 Standards and tools that help companies identify, capture, and share supply chain information from source to consumption—with technical detail if needed, and always in the context of business use cases.  Topics will include building and sharing quality data, essentials for enabling visibility for supply chain transactions and events, and sharing the latest learnings on 2D barcodes, RFID, GS1 Digital Link, and a lot more.

In the Tech Track sessions, solution providers highlight noteworthy customer success stories utilizing GS1 Standards-based technologies. These presentations will feature industry thought leaders and their company's creative approach to improving operations and business processes.  Hear how GS1 Standards play a role and how you can start writing your own success story! 

Make the Most of Your Experience

GS1 US University Courses

Join us to expand your GS1 Standards knowledge to help you thrive in your role. We offer attendees a series of highly rated, instructor-led courses—pre- and post-conference.

Monday, June 3, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

New to GS1 Standards or need a refresher? In this course, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of GS1 product (GTIN) and location (GLN) identifiers
  • GTIN assignment and product hierarchy
  • How to avoid common GTIN mistakes

To further your knowledge, join us for GS1 Standards 102.

Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM ET

Expand the use of GS1 Standards to optimize your business. In this intermediate-level session, you will learn:

  • How to create efficiencies in data sharing with trading partners
  • Differences between GS1 Share Standards (EPCIS/GDSN/EDI)
  • Topics like the GTIN Management Standard, RFID, and GS1 Application Identifiers (AIs)

Monday, June 3, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM (Part 1)
Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM (Part 2)

Are you an EDI specialist? Do you work with EDI as part of your day-to-day? This course is for you. We'll cover topic including: 

  • The basics of EDI and the X12 EDI Standard
  • Data elements, segments, transaction sets, and codes

Earn a professional credential by attending this comprehensive course.

Friday, June 7, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

There are multiple ways in which companies operating within the food industry can satisfy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rule 204 requirements. 

Most likely, you’ve already identified some possible courses of action. But when evaluating these solutions, have you asked yourself:

  • Are they the simplest?
  • Are they the fastest?
  • Are they the most cost-effective?
  • Are they the right ones for your company?

This interactive workshop will give you the base knowledge you’ll need on GS1 Standards, key FSMA 204 requirements, and how they intersect. In addition, industry and GS1 Standards subject matter experts will help you tackle specific challenges unique to your organization’s own implementation journey. 

Takeaways include practical resources to apply GS1 Standards for supply chain traceability, product flow mapping, identification of Critical Tracking Events (CTEs), Key Data Elements (KDEs), master data roles and responsibilities, and more. Workshop participants will earn a Credly Acclaim badge to display on their LinkedIn or other social media accounts.

GS1 Connect Co-Located Events

Take advantage of cross-industry discussions or Workgroup meetings that occur before and after the conference. Register to be notified when new meetings are announced.

Monday, June 3, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM

As RAIN RFID usage continues to expand into new general merchandise categories, guidance is needed for tag placement on these point-of-sale items. Join your peers in this face-to-face meeting to help identify emerging product categories that are being RFID tagged and define best practices for tag placement. The meeting is open to Workgroup companies who have signed the GS1 US IP Policy and to members who have signed the Workgroup Opt-In, as well as to guests who have attended fewer than three prior Workgroup meetings.

Tuesday, June 4, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Gather with your peers for an interactive and thought-provoking meeting on the advancements of RAIN RFID technology powered by GS1 Standards. Real-world experiences and technology showcases shared by RFID experts will highlight how it is solving business challenges in the apparel, food, and healthcare supply chains.

Monday, June 3, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

While the DSCSA milestone of November 27, 2023, has come and gone, the Rx Secure Supply Chain Workgroup continues to bring together pharmaceutical leaders to develop guidance during the stabilization period. Join your peers in this face-to-face meeting that will focus on helping stakeholders throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain use GS1 Standards to address item-level traceability in an interoperable manner. The meeting is open to Workgroup companies who have signed the GS1 US IP Policy and members who have signed the Workgroup Opt-In, as well as guests who have attended less than three prior Workgroup meetings.

Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Explore cutting-edge topics in healthcare, including eLeaflets, artificial intelligence (AI), and resiliency—all while boosting your network! This interactive session will feature an open-dialogue format that will allow you to share your own experiences while you learn about engagement opportunities with various industry associations, global organizations, and leading healthcare stakeholders.

Monday, June 3, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM

Working collaboratively to transform the healthcare supply chain and enhance patient care, the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG) welcomes participation from new attendees interested in understanding the organization's progress on driving adoption of data standards. This interactive session will highlight the takeaways from the October 2023 Mini-Summit and continue breakout conversations around UDI and DSCSA. The Healthcare Transformation Group Summit does not require registration for GS1 Connect.

Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

This exclusive, initiative member-only meeting brings together leaders from both the Foodservice and Retail Grocery industries for collaborative conversations on overcoming challenges with solutions leveraging GS1 Standards. Goals, activities, and accomplishments in key areas like regulatory preparedness, traceability, and supply chain efficiencies will also be highlighted. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers while discussing future opportunities, industry strategies, and more.

Monday, June 3, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

The conversation on what it means, and what it takes, for 2D barcodes to be available across all of retail continues to expand and evolve. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the current retail 2D barcode landscape in order to bring questions forward, spark ideas, and get people talking. Sunrise 2027, GS1 Digital Link, QR codes, global migrations, local priorities–no matter where you are in the supply chain, your thoughts will make a difference in changing the way the world sells and shops. Come be part of the collaborative dialogue that is making 2D barcodes a reality in the U.S. and around the globe. Session content is planned for brand and retailer audiences and is limited to 2 attendees per company.

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GS1 Connect Advocate Badge

Earn a Credly Acclaim Badge to display on your LinkedIn or other social media accounts—simply by attending GS1 Connect! Following the event, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to claim your GS1 Connect Advocate badge.

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