10 Ways to Reduce Friction in Your Supply Chain

Bill of Lading Guideline

Ensure that the shipper, the carrier, and the consignee all get the information they need to process goods through the supply chain with the standardized Bill of Lading (BOL) Guideline.

Benefits

  • Standard form and definitions
  • Easier shipment tracking
  • Reduced redundant forms, incorrect invoices, and undocumented purchase orders

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Commonly Asked RFID Questions: Dispelling the Myths

There are many misunderstandings about RFID, its use case feasibility, and its ROI benefits. This white paper sets the record straight on RFID— providing definitive answers to the industry’s most commonly asked questions about what RFID is and what it can do.

Benefits

  • Flexible fulfillment options
  • Item level inventory visibility
  • Product authenticity
  • Improved display compliance
  • Optimizing back-to-front operations

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J.Reneé Group Leads the Effort to Apply GS1 Standards to Product Imagery

The explosion of e-commerce has made product imagery essential to sales. However, without a common approach, image sharing among trading partners has become extremely complex. By developing the Best Practice Guideline for Exchanging Product Images and Attributes, the labor-intensive process of getting images to retailers has been streamlined and greatly enhanced.

Benefits

  • Single set of guidelines
  • Increased productivity
  • Enhanced speed-to-market capabilities
  • Cost savings
  • Improved marketing alignment

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The Blessing Basket Project

The Blessing Basket Project® (Blessing Basket) needed to identify baskets as they traveled from their native countries to point of purchase— retail stores and online marketplaces. To uniquely identify each basket, they assigned a Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), which is encoded in a Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) barcode that is printed on the label applied to the basket.

Benefits

  • Streamlined operations
  • Improved warehouse and inventory management
  • Expedited shipping

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Herman Kay Co.— Satisfying Customers and Optimizing Business Efficiencies with EPC-Enabled RFID

Herman Kay partnered with GS1 US® and several solution providers to implement EPC/RFID at every step of their internal fulfillment process— optimizing operations and increasing internal confidence levels that the right garments, in the right sizes and colors, have been delivered to the right customers.

Benefits

  • Electronic proof of delivery
  • Increased order accuracy
  • Decreased product returns
  • Reduced chargebacks

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The Neiman Marcus Group— Creating Better Visibility Across Many Silos of Inventory

With separate inventory systems that lacked a standardized way of identifying products, The Neiman Marcus Group struggled to offer their consumers a seamless shopping experience. To achieve better visibility across their many silos of inventory, Neiman Marcus educated and supported 2,700+ vendors in using GS1 Standards and EDI-enabled transactions.

Benefits

  • Decreased fulfillment issues
  • Increased fulfillment accuracy
  • Seamless shopping experience

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Target, Pilot Pen & Keurig—Invest in High-Quality Product Data to Support Your Growth Strategy

Data quality is an enormous challenge in today’s hyperconnected, omni-channel world. A standardized approach for listing and classifying products across all commercial platforms allows consumers to discover more accurate, authentic product information on any device and in a store. Target, Keurig, and Pilot Pen embarked on their own data quality journeys and found that investment in high-quality product data truly pays off.

Benefits

  • Reduced operational redundancies
  • Improved business process efficiencies
  • Consistent consumer experience

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Macy’s, Inc.—Driving Inventory Accuracy & Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Originally embarking on a three-year omni-channel excellence journey, Macy’s adoption of RFID has evolved into a foundational requirement for inventory optimization. By using GS1 Standards, including GTIN, SSCC, EDI, and EPC-enabled RFID, Macy’s converted to a single view of inventory in order to optimize in-stock inventory and to satisfy customer demand.

Benefits

  • Improved item accuracy
  • Optimized inventory
  • Increased sales and consumer satisfaction

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Macy’s, Inc.—Returns Made Easier

Manual processes for merchandise returns and inventory updates are timely and costly for both suppliers and retailers. Using GS1 Standards and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) communications, Macy’s, Inc. and a major nonapparel manufacturer have revolutionized the automated returns process using the Return to Vendor Advance Shipping Notice (RTV ASN or reverse ASN).

Benefits

  • Faster returns
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Improved inventory accuracy

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Counterfeit Goods Create Real Problems: How GS1 Standards Help Industry Reduce Imitation Merchandise Online

Counterfeit products have become a massive headache for online retailers. These goods can be inferior, or even unsafe, potentially jeopardizing future sales for the brand and retailer. By adopting and implementing GS1 Standards to accurately identify genuine products in the global supply chain, retailers, brand owners, and suppliers are enabling product traceability and authenticity.

Benefits

  • Brand protection
  • Better search experience
  • Improved product information
  • Optimized consumer fulfillment
  • Safer products

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