Seventeen leading foodservice organizations have co-signed an industry call-to-action letter to focus on complete and accurate product data to help meet the demand for information transparency in today’s digital world. This effort is aimed at improving data sharing between trading partners as well as with consumers, and was coordinated by the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative.
Supported by two recent IFMA surveys, leaders of the foodservice industry’s largest associations representing manufacturers, operators and distributors revealed the state of the foodservice industry today, as well as several areas where big changes are expected in the years to come. These findings were presented during IFMA Presidents Conference 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ.
A letter to the IFMA Membership Community from Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Foodservice and Retail Grocery, GS1 US Industry Engagement, alerts users of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to be ready for “Major Release 3”, originally scheduled to take place on May 6, but now moved back to May 20. Loss of service may severely impact a company’s ability to receive item data through the network. The letter provides guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for the release.
Shamrock Foods (Shamrock) needed complete and accurate data for its web-based ordering system to satisfy the increasing demands of its customers, especially healthcare providers and school systems that require nutritional and allergen information before purchasing. The company also understood how using quality data could help it become more efficient and cut costs throughout its operations.
With an eye on freshness and quality, IPC wanted to achieve traceability of suppliers’ products as they travel to SUBWAY® restaurants. To do this, IPC realized it needed accurate product data, yet found widespread inaccuracies that were adding costs and inefficiencies throughout its supply chain.