Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


December 2018

GS1 Canada is pleased to provide you with the holiday 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

Looking Back on 2018

As an industry-directed association, subscriber feedback is vital in ensuring that GS1 Canada continues to deliver value through ongoing enhancements to our tools and capabilities.

Throughout 2018, feedback from our user community drove the development and delivery of new capabilities and enhancements to enable data excellence, streamline business processes and meet trading partner requirements.

Some of these highlights include:

  • Rollout out of TrueSource™ Dashboard to more users than ever before and introducing the new My TrueSource™ Dashboard view to give manufacturers visibility into their own data metrics, regardless of their specific trading partners.
  • Launch of the GTIN Allocation Assistant decision-making tool, helping organizations understand when changes to their products or packaging mean a new GTIN is needed.
  • Support for Food & Consumer Products Canada’s SmartLabel™ initiative through SmartLabel™ Extract.
  • Barcode Generator, a new tool to efficiently create high-resolution, standards-compliant barcode symbols for your GTINs.
  • The launch of refreshed Grocery, Foodservice and General Merchandise and Hardlines webpages.
  • The launch of our Food for Thought newsletter - click here to read previous editions.

In 2019, we will continue to launch new and enhanced solutions, services and tools to help you meet your business needs. Visit our Coming Enhancements page to see what’s new.

Access More GS1 Canada Tools With One Login

Starting December 10, you will be able to access the following tools from your myGS1 landing page using your myGS1 credentials.

These tools join ProSYNC, ECCnet Registry and The Vault as part of GS1 Canada’s single sign-on experience. More tools will be added to this list in coming throughout 2019.

Check that your myGS1 login credentials are up-to-date by logging in to myGS1 today.

If you do not currently have access, check with your GS1 Canada Subscription Administrator or call us at 1.800.567.7084.

New! Bulk Upload Functionality Now Available!

A priority focus for GS1 Canada throughout 2018 has been streamlining our Content Capture Service Request tool based on user feedback to improve the scheduling process, facilitate eSubmissions and give users more flexibility around their shipping dates.

Starting December 3, users can benefit from the introduction of the Add Multiple Products function.

Add Multiple Products enables users to upload multiple products into a single content capture service request, greatly reducing the time it takes to submit new requests. Visit the Content Capture Service Request tool to see it in action.

Throughout 2019, we will be continuing to streamline this tool and add new functionality to deliver faster, more efficient processes and increase end-to-end visibility.

And the winner is...

GS1 Canada is happy to announce that the winner of the third annual GS1 Canada Innovator’s Award is Summerhill Market!

Summerhill won as a result of their commitment to a company rebrand that included a tailored social media strategy and eCommerce presence.

Find out more about why Summerhill Market is this year’s Innovation Award Winner!

Industry Support from the Grocery and Foodservice Sectors

Recently, major Grocery and Foodservice organizations re-iterated their need for data and images that are 100% complete and accurate and encouraged their data providers to use GS1 Canada’s solutions. Ensuring data excellence through GS1 Canada’s solutions and visibility to content gaps through TrueSource™ Dashboard creates transparency between trading partners and facilitates efficient meeting preparation, open and productive dialogue, swift issue resolution and collaborative business planning.

Click here to read the Grocery Industry Letter.

Click here to read the Foodservice Industry Letter.

What’s Happening at GS1 Global

Don’t Forget - GTIN Rules are Being Updated!

The global standard for GTIN reuse is being updated on December 31, 2018. Beginning January 1, GTINs can no longer be reused.

Find out more

Favourite Holiday Treats from GS1 Canada’s Grocery and Foodservice Team

Pam Horvatis, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations: I have hunted for years for a crushed walnut and brown sugar sweet bread like my grandmother used to make and finally found it at the St. Catherines Farmers Market. Just like Grandma’s!!!

Taleza Adams, Industry Engagement Manager: I don’t really have a sweet tooth but every year I look forward to my aunt’s sugar cookies.

Shawn Porto, Senior Manager, Industry Relations: It’s a holiday tradition with my daughter that we make and consume sugar cookies together! We also share, but the fun is in the quality assurance!

Patricia Crilly, Senior Director, Industry Relations: I enjoy once per year an eggnog on ice with dark quality Barbadian rum with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

Debby Atallah, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations: As a child I always looked forward to Chocolate Spider cookies (chocolate/butterscotch covered chow mein noodle cookies) and have carried the tradition to my own family and friends.
Ray Hepworth, Vice President, Industry Relations: My favourite holiday treat is DEFINITELY Peanut Brittle – the more peanuty the better! It always reminds me of my childhood as our mom used to make the BEST and although I’ve tried, I’m never able to make it quite the same way.

Michel Boucher, Vice President, Industry Engagement: My favourite holiday treat is my mom’s shortbread cookies.

Melanie Barlow, Senior Manager, Industry Engagement: My favorite treat during the holidays is savoring “time” with my kids. We enjoy having more elaborate meals that are slow i.e.: fondue, raclette in which we can eat, talk and laugh.

Pierre Lessard, Industry Engagement Manager: Coaticook ice cream Christmas log is one of my favourite treats at Xmas :) with a glass of eggnog in front of my fire place.

Upcoming Events

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

February 21-24, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia

Restaurants Canada
February 24-26, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

SIAL Canada
April 30 to May 2, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

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