Foodservice GS1 US Update: September/October 2013

Posted by IFMA March 06, 2013

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Brad Clem, manager of quality systems at DineEquity, discussed GS1
Three-Year Strategic Plan Aims to Accelerate GS1 Adoption
At Upcoming Events: A Foodservice GS1 US Update
GS1 US will once again be part of the premier top-to-top forum
PackagingBuzz.com recently interviewed Dennis Harrison, senior vice president at GS1 US
A new complimentary webinar is available on Foodservice GS1 US Standards


In an August interview, Brad Clem, manager of quality systems at DineEquity, discussed the reasons behind his company's engagement in the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative.
DineEquity is the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's restaurants and its franchisees and is a founding member of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative

Clem said that early on, DineEquity ran a pilot with Maines Paper & Food Service and a handful of proprietary suppliers. "The idea was to lay the groundwork for case level traceability from the supplier facility to the restaurant," said Clem. "That is our 'holy grail' and why we decided to join the initiative. Our number one priority is food safety and brand protection."

Clem said DineEquity has requested that its proprietary suppliers use the GS1-128 barcode because of the available extended data, including manufacturer lot number, production dates, and time stamp. "This allows us to achieve alignment and trace products through the supply chain, not only so we can have enhanced visibility, but also so we are able to respond to withdrawals and recoveries faster. With this barcode, we will be able to identify a product that was produced on June 27 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and which distribution centers received the product."

Clem said they are "encouraging" stock item manufacturers to use the GS1-128 barcode, but are not mandating it as they are with proprietary and exclusive product suppliers. "This initiative is of such importance that it will become a requirement in approving potential supply base," said Clem.

Looking forward, Clem said DineEquity's next step is to investigate and ultimately implement GLN numbers, which will identify each Applebee's and IHOP restaurant as a different final destination. "We envision a barcode that would then be created to capture that information, so when the distributor arrives to deliver products, he can use a scanner to scan the restaurant GLN number on the door and each product as it goes through the back of the restaurant," said Clem. The information would then be transmitted or downloaded to the DC. "That gives us traceability to the individual restaurant level."

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Three-Year Strategic Plan Aims to Accelerate GS1 Adoption
The Executive Leadership Committee (ELC) overseeing the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative has established a three-year strategic plan supporting standards adoption by operators, distributors, and manufacturers. Through the first strategic plan, developed in 2009, the ELC successfully helped the initiative reach critical mass with leading distributors and manufacturers as well as some progressive multi-unit operators. The continuing goal is to reach standards adoption by 75% of the foodservice industry by 2015 (based on revenue).

In updating current strategies to accelerate participation, the ELC plan includes five core strategies:

• Develop plans for GTIN, GDSN, GLN, ITF-14/GS1-128, SSCC, and coordinate cascading tactics for each.
• Leverage unique positioning of distributors, manufacturers, operators, and industry associations for each of the three core components.
• Accelerate participant adoption.
• Methodically grow stakeholder participation.
• Sustain relevance through a coordinated communication plan.

Strong leadership and a targeted approach that resonates with all of the stakeholders across the foodservice industry are essential for success. Top

At Upcoming Events
A Foodservice GS1 US Update at the upcoming Distribution Solutions Conference will provide perspective from an operator, distributor, and data pool provider on the far-reaching effects and implementation progress for Foodservice GS1 US Standards. This session will include insights from Lucelena Angarita, GS1/quality project manager at IPC/Subway, Sharon Karlman, vice president of QA and nutrition at Reinhart Foodservice, and Keitt Moore, vice president at FSE, Inc. GS1 representatives will also be at the IFDA Resource Center to meet with attendees interested in the initiative. For conference registration information, click here.
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GS1 US will once again be part of the premier top-to-top forum for foodservice leaders
The IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference. Dennis Harrison, senior vice president at GS1 US, will provide an update on the GS1 initiative's latest work in a session on Tuesday, November 5 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. We also extend congratulations to Harrison on receiving the IFMA Presidents Award, which honors IFMA Associate Member individuals who are reputable and vital partners throughout the industry. He will accept the award at the conference. To learn more about Presidents Conference and to register, click here.
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PackagingBuzz.com recently interviewed Dennis Harrison, senior vice president at GS1 US
On GS1 US standards and efforts in foodservice. If your company is considering getting engaged in the foodservice standards initiative, this article provides good entry-level perspective. (full story)
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A new complimentary webinar is available on Foodservice GS1 US Standards that includes Tyson Foods, US Foods, and Sodexo.
The webinar, titled "Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative: Get Ready…The Time Is Now," addresses benefits that foodservice companies are already seeing by adopting the standards, tools and resources available to help companies get started, and industry and regulatory food safety initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Available dates for the webinar include October 17, November 20, and December 11. Registration is available on the "education" page of the Foodservice GS1 US site. To visit the education page, click here.
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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, jmcgill@gs1us.org

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