Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


August 2018

GS1 Canada is pleased to provide you with the summer edition of our Food for Thought newsletter. With every edition, we will bring you the latest insights, news and trends impacting the sector and your business.

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

In response to community feedback on ways to continue delivering value to our users, GS1 Canada is launching new tools and capabilities to enhance our Industry Managed Solutions. Here’s what’s new.

Barcode Generator – Coming September 2018

GS1 Canada is introducing a new Barcode Generator tool for users to quickly and easily generate high-resolution barcode symbology for their GTINs, providing a more efficient process enabling users to receive both their GTINs and create their barcodes through GS1 Canada, rather than using third party solution providers to generate their barcode symbols. The first release supports UPC-A, EAN-14, ITF-14 and GS1-128 symbologies, with more to come in future updates.

Stay tuned for more information.

GTIN Allocation Assistant – Now Available

GTIN allocation rules can be complex and confusing, and a wrong decision could result in missed or delayed product listings, or significant costs from repackaging or withdrawing products.

Make the right decisions quickly and easily with GS1 Canada’s GTIN Allocation Assistant, a decision support tool that walks users through a series of simple questions to provide a quick and easy decision on whether proposed product or packaging changes require a new GTIN.

Click here to learn more.

Innovators Award

Have you implemented an innovative idea that has had a big impact on your business? Or a creative solution to meet new requirements, needs or has streamlined your business? Or do you know a grocery retail trading partner that you would like to nominate?

We want to hear about it! Get recognition for your innovation with the GS1 Canada Innovator's Award, supported by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG).

All applications must be received by August 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST.

Click here for more information.

Last year’s winner:

Vince’s Market
Click here to read more about the winner.

New Data Recipients at GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada is pleased to welcome new data recipients: Shell Canada Ltd.

Shell Canada Ltd. operates over 500 fuel and convenience store locations in Canada. Increase the visibility of your products and maximize your sales opportunities by ensuring you have published your product content to Shell Canada Ltd.

Learning Spotlight

Are you new user to TrueSource™ Dashboard or a current user and wanting to understand how you can optimize the use the tool for your business.

To help you get familiar with the functionality of the tool, click here for the training modules from the GS1 Canada Learning Zone.

Upcoming Webinars: Want more information, sign up for our upcoming webinar.

TrueSource™ Dashboard

GS1 Canada Content Capture Services

The Importance of Standardized Professional Images and Data

93% of online shoppers say visuals are the most influential factor affecting purchase decisions

Diadeis, 2015

Make sure you have the high-resolution, quality product images and accurate product information your trading partners and consumers demand.

GS1 Canada’s Content Capture services ensure you are providing trading partners with global standard images and the most accurate and reliable bilingual product data.

Whether promoting products through clear marketing and eCommerce images or helping retailers make the most of every available inch of shelf space, the right helps improve customer satisfaction, increase sales and prevent costly returns.

GS1 Canada’s Content Capture Services are a cost-effective and efficient way for data providers to supply professional, standardized product content to their trading partners for business processes such as:

Find out more about the benefits of GS1 Canada’s Content Capture Services.

5 Must Feature Foods for your Summer Barbecue

  1. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Butter
    Get the Recipe Here!
  2. Mexican Street Corn Inspired Corn on The Cob
    Get the Recipe Here!
  3. Easy Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake
    Get the Recipe Here!
  4. Spicy Veggie Dogs
    Get the Recipe Here!
  5. White Wine Sangria with Strawberry Basil
    Get the Recipe Here!

Upcoming Events

Meet with representatives from GS1 Canada at these upcoming industry events!

September 13-16, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Find us at Booth #150

Grocery Innovations Canada
October 23-24, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

Based on subscriber feedback, we are continually enhancing and improving our tools and services.

Here are the recent and upcoming enhancements:

Recently launched:

  • SmartLabel™
  • TrueSource™ Dashboard
  • GTIN Allocation Assistant

Upcoming enhancements:

  • Product Certification
  • ECCnet Registry
  • Item Centre
  • ECCnet Recall

Read about all of our upcoming enhancements.

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