Darden, eBay, McKesson, Peapod.com in Keynote at GS1 Connect Conference

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (Apr. 30, 2012) – Executives from Darden Restaurants, eBay, McKesson Corporation, and Peapod.com will take the stage in a keynote session June 5, 2012, at the annual GS1 Connect Conference, host organization GS1 US announced today.

Taking place June 5-7 in Las Vegas, the conference, with the theme, “Business Moving Forward,” provides education for professionals on information standards and other issues affecting digital commerce and supply chains.

Joining GS1 US Chief Executive Officer Bob Carpenter in the kickoff general session will be: Jim Thomas, Vice President, Supply Management, Darden Restaurants; Amit Menipaz, Senior Director, Global Product Management, eBay; Mark Walchirk, President, McKesson Specialty Health; and Tim Dorgan, Vice President, General Manager of E-Merchandising, Peapod.com. 

“This is a unique combination of industry leaders covering critical, front-burner issues,” said Carpenter.  “Attendees will benefit from their views on information standards in support of business-to-business and business-to-consumer functionality for today and tomorrow.  Small businesses and large businesses alike will get a lot out of this program.”

The conference theme refers to companies’ use of GS1 standards to help them better understand where their products and assets are, develop insights on business processes, and to better meet their customers’ needs.  More than a thousand professionals will converge at GS1 Connect for a user-driven program focused on business-oriented tracks and more than 60 sessions and workshops, many of them focused on the Apparel, Fresh Foods, Foodservice, Healthcare, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Hardlines industries.

Conferees will also learn how to build efficiencies across business processes to connect the operational areas across the value chain, including manufacturing, quality, safety, packaging, marketing, sales, B2B collaboration, operations, purchasing, transportation and logistics, and customer service. 

GS1 Connect has been held annually since 2000, driven by a planning committee that includes representatives from several major retailers and suppliers. 

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, will also speak in a General Session keynote. Updates will be posted to Twitter: @GS1Connect. 

For more information: www.gs1connect.org

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 200,000 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, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC). www.GS1US.org.