Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


March 2019

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

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

The New Learning Zone – The Training You Need at Your Fingertips

The new Learning Zone is a simplified, easier-to-navigate site that delivers a more intuitive user experience, with immediate visibility to specific content relevant to your current GS1 Canada solutions and tools.

Learning Zone enhancements and benefits include:

  • Cleaner interface and more intuitive navigation for an improved, user-friendly experience
  • Intuitive grouping of learning modules into personalized Training Plans, providing streamlined visibility to relevant content
  • Ability to easily track the status of available, in-progress and completed learning, visibility to your full learning history
  • Simplified search functionality, making it easier to find the training you want
  • Learning programs designed to enable you to meet trading partner requirements
  • Flexible bite-sized learning, conveniently accessible anytime

Get into the Zone and start learning how to make the most of your GS1 Canada solutions, services and tools.

ECCnet Registry Enhancements – Current Optional Attributes Becoming Mandatory in 2019

On December 3, 2018, enhancements were made to ECCnet Registry to maintain alignment with global standards and the United Nations Standard Products Code through updates to:

  • Attributes
  • The United Nations Standard Products and Service Code list
  • The Global Product Classification Code list.

An addition to these changes, some optional attributes will become mandatory in 2019. Attributes becoming mandatory will require changes to your internal processes and systems, where applicable.

Please review the coming enhancements documentation to determine what attributes are changing and next steps.

Coming March 2019 – Streamlined Billing

At GS1 Canada, we rely on feedback from our community to drive innovation, from the development of new ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions to improvements to existing processes.

Starting in March, we are launching a new, streamlined online billing system throughmyGS1, including simplified -invoicing – all based on feedback and requests from users like you!

New updates to your invoices:

  • Simplified descriptions for individual line items
  • Streamlined design highlighting key information in a more intuitive layout
  • Invoices presented in your preferred language, based on your myGS1 settings

New billing enhancements in your myGS1:

  • Searchable Content Capture invoice history
  • New online tool to display invoice detail by GTIN for Content Capture related invoices

The changes are designed to provide quick and easy access to the information you need, when you need it.

Click here to see a sample of the new invoice and call 1.800.567.7084 if you have any questions.

New Data Recipients at GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada is pleased to welcome two new data recipients: Dubord & Rainville and Bulk Barn.

Dubord & Rainville is a fast growing, Quebec based foodservice distributor servicing both the Québec and Ontario markets. Their customers are comprised of major chain accounts, industrial and school cafeterias, independent restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, hotels, golf courses and seasonal operations.

Bulk Barn Foods Limited (Bulk Barn) has over 250 locations across Canada and carries over 4,000 products, each sourced for its amazing quality.

Learning Spotlight

To help ensure you’re getting the most out of your GS1 Canada solutions and tools, we have recently updated our TrueSource™ Dashboard learning materials.

Check out our TrueSource™ Dashboard training module to learn more about how this data excellence tool can enable your organization to track product metrics and make informed business decisions about your internal business processes.

TrueSource™ Dashboard

  • TrueSource™ Dashboard is a standardized industry data excellence tool that enables people across your organization to track product metrics in one easy-to-navigate. This helps identify whether you have the content needed to drive important business processes and foster strong business relationships. TrueSource™ Dashboard also enables you to track if any product changes are reflected in all the places they need to be, helping to eliminate the issue where different systems are promoting different product versions.
  • By offering visibility to metrics, TrueSource™ Dashboard provides insights used to enhance catalogue management, optimize resources, facilitate informed business planning and improve meeting productivity.
  • If your trading partner is also using TrueSource™ Dashboard, you can use the My Trading Partners view to focus on the specific items you trade with them, enabling transparency and collaboration to drive data quality (how does the collaboration impact data quality?)
  • When you subscribe to an Industry Managed Solution, you will automatically gain access to TrueSource™ Dashboard.

If you’re a data provider, you can view your data in 2 different ways:

The My Trading Partners view enables you to compare your content status to trading partner requirements, enabling transparency and collaboration to drive data quality.

The My TrueSource™ Dashboard view eliminates the need for maintaining duplicate scorecards and enables visibility to the status of your product content across multiple business processes, providing insights that can be used to:

  • Enhance Catalogue Management: Quickly identify, track and manage the completion of gaps in your product catalogue.
  • Optimize Resource Allocation: Focus and coordinate internal resources across multiple teams to prioritize and close content gaps.
  • Facilitate Informed Business Planning: Leverage trends to inform budgeting, project management and go-to-market strategies.
  • Enable Process Improvement: Track the progress of changes over time to inform continuous improvement of product lifecycle processes.
  • Improve Meeting Productivity: Quickly gather reports and insights to focus agendas and facilitate open, productive dialogue.

Happy New… GTIN?

Have you started planning special packaging for Halloween or the 2019 holiday season?

You might not realize it, but some packaging changes require new GTINs to avoid problems in the supply chain.

Find out whether you need a new GTIN with the GTIN Allocation Assistant, a simple tool that quickly and easily lets you know whether your packaging changes require new GTINs.

Available for ECCnet Registry users on desktop and mobile devices.

2019 Food Trends

  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Hemp, revamped
  • Empowering purchases
  • Grocery shopping made easy
  • Up-cycled food
  • Non-dairy ice cream

Sources: (#1-3) (#4-6)

Upcoming Event

Meet with representatives from GS1 Canada at this upcoming industry event.

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

Industry News

A recent study performed by the University of Guelph suggests fish is being mislabeled at more than one point in Canada's supply chain.

Bob Hanner, an associate professor in the department of integrative biology at the University states, "Nearly 20 per cent of the samples being imported into Canada were mislabeled."

Researchers states that the solution is a barcode solution, they want to see Canada move to a similar system used in Europe where the scientific Latin name of the genus and species is placed on the label.

To read more check out this CBC article here.

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

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

Upcoming enhancements include:

  • ECCnet Registry
  • Item Centre
  • Recall
  • GTIN Allocation Assistant

  • TrueSource™ Dashboard
  • SmartLabel™ Extract
  • myGS1
  • The Vault

Learn more on the GS1 Canada website.

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