Foodservice GS1 US Update: March/April 2013

Posted by IFMA March 06, 2013

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IFDA & IFMA publish this bi-monthly newsletter to keep our members informed about this important industry initiative.

New Guidance Available for Global Location Number Assignments in Foodservice

Why GLNs?  Currently, there is no standardized identifier for accounts/locations used by all members of the foodservice supply chain. Instead, businesses produce their own account/location numbers for their business relationships. These practices can be high-maintenance and error-prone.

To resolve these problems, companies engaged in the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative are moving toward adopting GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) as the standard identifier for accounts/locations across the supply chain. This will create one identifier for each foodservice location, which can then be used by all trading partners to identify that location in all supply chain transactions, supply chain communications, and internal systems.

Why GLN Guidance?As members of the industry begin implementing GLNs in their organization, one of the questions they face is: Which parties/locations across my organization should be assigned a GLN? Smaller organizations may only need a single GLN that can be used for a variety of supply chain purposes like Ship-to location, Bill-to location, contractual party, etc. Larger, more complex organizations will likely need a number of GLNs to represent different parties/locations across their organizations. Whatever the circumstance, each company should consider its supply chain role, business model, and essential business processes in order to determine which of their parties/locations should be assigned GLNs.

A GLN Workgroup has released "GLN Assignment Guidance for Foodservice" to assist companies in this effort. The document covers how to identify which parties/locations should be assigned a GLN, the types of parties/locations GLNs can be used to identify, and considerations around foodservice business processes. The guidance also provides ten business models with recommended GLN assignments in each model. They include two independent operator models, two chain operator group models, two contract foodservice operator models, three GPO models, and one third-party warehouse model.

The guidance document is available on the "GTIN, GLN, GDSN" Tools and Resources page at the Foodservice GS1 US website. It is the first item under the GLN subhead. To access the page, click here.

Strong Foodservice Track Featured at Upcoming GS1 Connect Conference

GS1 Connect 2013 takes place June 10-13 in San Antonio and includes general GS1 US standards sessions as well as specific tracks in foodservice, grocery, healthcare, and retail. The conference is an opportunity to see how Foodservice GS1 US Standards can help improve supply chain visibility, efficiency, and collaboration.

By attending, companies can hear about initiative progress; learn about the use of GLNs in foodservice to streamline supply chain transactions and communications; get insights on the value of GDSN for accurate product information and automating business processes; hear from the Foodservice GDSN Workgroup on how to populate key information such as nutritionals and allergens in the GDSN; and understand the value of using GTINs and barcodes to support upcoming regulatory traceability requirements.

A sample of sessions in the foodservice track include:

The SCORE Data Integrity Pilotwill address invalid data and how it affects the foodservice supply chain, share findings from an audit performed by manufacturers and distributors participating in the SCORE data integrity pilot (conducted through IFMA and IFDA), discuss how data recipients are using the data supplied to them, and provide recommendations on how to ensure that data is clean before it is published. Presenters include Alanna Schany of Ecolab, Merissa Hamilton of Food Services of America, Mark Allen of IFDA, and Larry Oberkfell of IFMA.

The Power of Using GLNs in Foodservicewill focus of the new Global Location Number Implementation guide created by the Foodservice GLN Workgroup and how it can help trading partners have one system for identifying locations. The session will also show how to implement GLNs throughout an organization and share 2012 reporting from the GLN Workgroup, including workflow and GLN use. David Leppert of PepsiCo Foodservice will be the presenter.

In Foodservice Rising Stars, Lucelena Angarita of IPC/Subway will address how foodservice operators and distributors are moving forward with implementation of GS1 standards. The session includes practical examples of how the use of GTINs, GLNs, and the GDSN are streamlining operations and building a foundation for traceability.

In total, 16 sessions are provided in the foodservice track and include representatives from Mondelez, AdvancePierre Foods, US Foods, Wegmans, Dot Foods, Schwan's Food Service, Compass, Kellogg, H.J. Heinz, and others. For foodservice track information, click here.

How GS1 US Standards Can Help Sales & Marketing
The upcoming IFDA SMart Conference, July 21-23 in Boston, MA, includes a session with two leading distributors who will share how they are currently using GS1 data in their sales and marketing efforts, as well as how they plan to use GS1 capabilities as the standards continue to be implemented. In addition, the session will highlight the latest modifications to the product image guidelines, as well as the results of the recent data integrity initiative. Confirmed speakers include Kevin Baum, customer marketing manager at Dot Foods and Britt Wood, vice president of industry programs and services at IFDA. A representative from Shamrock Foods Company is also taking part in the session.

For conference information, click here.

Related News: PTI Plans to Offer Comments on FDA Tracing Pilot Report
The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), designed to help the produce industry maximize the effectiveness of traceback procedures, is developing a response to the Institute of Food Technologists' recommendations. The recommendations are in the FDA document entitled
Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System Final Report. GS1 US standards are an important element within PTI. The FDA is seeking comments on the pilot project final report as a next step in the process of submitting the findings to Congress and developing proposed traceability rules in support of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

To access the FDA page containing the report, click here. To access the Refrigerated Transporter story, click here.

GS1 Webinar Series
A complimentary webinar series titled "Get Ready… The Time is Now!" will be held over the coming months to help companies understand the value of getting involved in the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative. Hear how more than 100 leading companies are working to reduce inefficiencies in the supply chain, enhance product information, and enhance traceability.  The monthly series begins April 25 and you can register at the Foodservice GS1 US education page. (
click here)


We invite you to follow the Initiative on Twitter (@GS1Foodservice).

Readiness Scorecards Share GDSN & GTIN Status

We urge all companies engaged in adopting Foodservice GS1 US Standards to share your GDSN readiness in the scorecard available at the Foodservice GS1 US website. By doing so, trading partners can view the status of GDSN implementation activity, including your company's readiness. A GTIN Readiness Scorecard is also available. To access the scorecard page, click here.


GS1 Reaches 40 Year Milestone
GS1 US announced in early April the milestone of reaching 40 years in the use of the barcode and adoption of global standards for conducting business. The release stated that more than five billion GS1 barcodes are now scanned every day and are used by more than two million companies across 25 industries, including apparel and general merchandise, fresh foods, grocery, foodservice, healthcare, and defense. For the full release, click here.




If you are a manufacturer, operator, or distributor interested in taking part in the GS1 US Standards Initiative, contact Julie McGill, Industry Engagement Director, GS1 US (312) 463-4032,

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