Key traceability takeaways from GS1 Connect 2017

by | Jul 14, 2017

The changing business landscape has amplified the demand for product information. To keep on top of this trend, SPS Commerce recently attended the GS1 Connect 2017 conference, where people from Grocery, Foodservice and the Healthcare industries came together to discuss how to address these demands and the role that GS1 Standards plays in addressing those challenges. We saw three main topics threaded throughout the presentations and conversations.

The first is the increasing regulation covering the food and drug industries. Laws going into effect later this year and next year have trading partners working to add the information and labels to support the new rules. 2017 is the first year requiring labels to identify potential allergens and for case-level traceability for certain food products. Similarly, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) also requires all medical devices sold in the United States to be labeled with a unique device identifier, with manufacturer compliance mandates in effect as of November 2017.

Next was solution automation to enable support for those new regulations and ancillary requirements, like the retirement of generic UPCs for produce. With the regulations listed above in mind, both suppliers and buying organizations needed solutions for traceability. There were numerous discussions on how to address these concerns, including the implementation of the Advanced Ship Notice and GS-128 labels.

Finally, buying organizations are exploring options for getting all the item information they need to trade effectively and provide a consistent consumer experience across all channels. For some suppliers, the current implementation of GDSN data pools do not provide a comprehensive solution for supplying item information to their buying organizations.  There were many discussions in how to address these gaps, including functionality in future releases of the GS1 standard.

SPS Commerce is about enabling the partner trading network to trade effectively. As part of that, we work to ensure that our services will help address unmet needs in the marketplace. Let us show you how SPS services can be used in conjunction with existing system implementation to deliver the additional value from your network while protecting your investments already made in systems. Over the next few weeks and months, we will be publishing more information on our solutions and tools that help suppliers and manufacturers continue to trade effectively with their community. Stay tuned!

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