Foodservice GS1 US Update: January 2014

Posted by IFMA March 06, 2013

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Data Sync Pilot Tests New Publication Workflow: IPC/Subway, Reinhart Foodservice, and FSEnet Share Results
Rallying Call to Meet "Sunrise Date" of 12/31/2014
UPDATE: Changes to Foodservice GDSN Attributes Announced
Related News from IFMA: NRA, IFMA and IFDA Encourage Industry-Wide Standards

John Inwright of Wendy's® Quality Supply Chain Co-op Joins GS1 US Board

Data Sync Pilot Tests New Publication Workflow: IPC/Subway, Reinhart Foodservice, and FSEnet Share Results
Results of a groundbreaking data synchronization pilot were recently shared during a workshop at the 2013 DSC with pilot participants Lucelena Angarita (photo right) of IPC/Subway, Sharon Karlman of Reinhart Foodservice, and Keitt Moore of FSEnet. The pilot was launched in the first quarter of 2013 and included three manufacturer and two distributor trading partners of IPC/Subway®.

"The pilot featured an entirely new publication workflow where, for the first time, the operator engaged in publishing as well as receiving and was taking responsibility for the accuracy of the information," said Keitt Moore, vice president at data pool provider FSEnet.

Manufacturers in the pilot published information to their data pool and IPC then compared that information to agreed-upon specifications, said Moore. Once the information was validated from IPC's perspective, they published data to their distributor community. Distributors then physically validated case dimensions and weight with a cubiscan.

In reviewing the first publication of items, IPC found that 74 percent of the items had one or more core attributes that were different from their internal system. After feedback to suppliers as needed, attributes were updated, re-inspected by IPC, and were then published to distributors. Following physical inspection by distributors, US Foods identified only one validated item with discrepancies. Reinhart Foodservice, which inspected 17 items, found only two items with discrepancies.

Lucy Angarita, quality project manager of Independent Purchasing Cooperative, said IPC's goal is to synchronize 75 percent of the Subway® product catalog with manufacturers and distributors by August of 2014. For Angarita, the case for change is clear. "Margins are getting thinner, competition is very fierce, and we have to look for ways to minimize cost throughout the supply chain." (full story)

Rallying Call to Meet "Sunrise Date" of 12/31/2014
Twenty distributors and IFDA reached out to manufacturers in late November as a call to accelerate support for the Foodservice GS1 US Standards initiative. While the outreach recognized the tremendous progress to date - 83 percent of manufacturer sales volume and 65 percent of distributor sales volume are already committed to implementing GS1 standards - it also emphasized that there is much work still to be done. Manufacturers were encouraged to take the steps needed to have complete and accurate information on all products in the GDSN by a "sunrise date" of December 31, 2014.

In the face of a sluggish economy, distributors pointed to enhanced product descriptions, quality product images, and complete product information as a way for distributors do a better job selling products. The letter also cited the efficiencies and cost savings that will come from having accurate physical product characteristics and a standardized single number and bar code for each case, the ability to fulfill consumer and operator expectations around accurate allergen, nutritional, and ingredient information, and the ability for standards adoption to help make food safety processes stronger.

UPDATE: Changes to Foodservice GDSN Attributes Announced
In November, changes were implemented to the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®) product attribute list for the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative. The changes primarily affect food products, and include:

• 100 gram measure values for nutrient data to provide an additional set of that data for use by menu planning systems.
• Private label and restricted distribution items waiver for non-required allergen, ingredient, nutrient, and marketing data.
• An allergen flag to indicate that all relevant or required allergen data has been sent, and a nutrient value flag to indicate that all relevant or required nutrient data has been sent.

These changes will allow companies to define product information for better use by trading partners and decrease data synchronization rejections. Foodservice companies can begin to make these changes now and foodservice data pools and solution providers are prepared to assist their communities with these changes. Please note, the Production Variant Description (100 gram) attribute change is planned for industry-wide use by the end of 2014.

To access a 20-minute on demand webinar on the foodservice attribute changes, click here. If you have any questions about the attribute changes, contact GS1.

Related News from IFMA: NRA, IFMA and IFDA Encourage Industry-Wide Standards
In an unprecedented presentation at IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference 2013, Dawn Sweeney of the National Restaurant Association, Larry Oberkfell of IFMA and Mark Allen of IFDA discussed the importance of industry best practices and standards to drive consumer demand for foodservice.

The leaders revealed the progress made on five groundbreaking initiatives helping to shape the future of foodservice: The New View (including the Foodservice Landscape), Consumer Planning Program, Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration, FSnavigator™ (consumer/operator insight portal) and Foodservice Category Management.

"Similar to the GS1 Standards that we're urging industry partners to take part in, these new programs are designed to increase collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness throughout foodservice," said Oberkfell.

For more information on the initiatives mentioned, click here.

John Inwright of Wendy's® Quality Supply Chain Co-op Joins GS1 US Board
In December, GS1 US announced that John Inwright, president and CEO of Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc., has been appointed to the GS1 US Board of Governors. Mr. Inwright is a veteran of the foodservice industry, and was hired in 2009 to help found QSCC, the exclusive supply chain manager for all Wendy's restaurants in North America. Prior to his role at QSCC, he was EVP & GM for Nice-Pak Professional, and served as chief procurement officer at U.S. Foodservice. Mr. Inwright is a member of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative Executive Leadership Committee and co-chairs the Supply Chain Sub-Committee of the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

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