Food for Thought


September 2020

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

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

Register Today! GS1 Canada’s Upcoming Participation at SIAL Canada

Register Today! GS1 Canada’s Upcoming Participation at SIAL Canada

GS1 Canada is a proud exhibitor and presenter at SIAL Canada’s first virtual conference, which will take place from September 28 to October 2, 2020.

You can attend SIAL 2020 from your home office for FREE. Register today!

Join GS1 Canada’s Presentation!

On September 29 at 5 p.m., join GS1 Canada representatives Patricia Crilly, Senior Director, Industry Relations and Melanie Barlow, Senior Manager, Industry Engagement, who will present on the topic Navigating the Canadian Foodservice Landscape. This hour long bilingual interactive presentation will touch on the changing landscape of the foodservice industry, offer guidance on how to grow your brand and provide insight into what your Canadian foodservice trading partners are looking. Other key topics include growth and alignment of business strategies and maximizing exposure within the foodservice landscape and with your foodservice trading partners.

Register here today to attend GS1 Canada’s presentation.

Strong Online Shopping Trend Continues

The small business landscape continues to evolve, along with consumer behaviour. In fact, purchases made through digital platforms are on the rise, highlighting the importance of businesses being able to swiftly mobilize online.

Strong Online Shopping Trend Continues

Online platforms are not only a viable selling tool, but also as a powerful vehicle to promote your products and build awareness of your business and introduce your brand to a broader audience.

As of June 2020, nearly a quarter of Canadian consumers are purchasing groceries online, as compared to 2-3% in the first quarter of 2020. In addition, there is a surge in social selling through platforms such as Instagram and online retail apps, with 47% of social media users reportedly shopping via social networks. This new reality brings the need for a flexible supply chain to meet the needs of trading partners and consumers.

GS1 Canada’s eCommerce Content Solutions is directed by the industry’s need for speed, accuracy, and efficiency, ensuring products get to market as quickly and effectively as possible. Learn more about how our eCommerce Content Solution can help your business.

Go Beyond the Label

Go Beyond the Label

Now - more than ever – accurate and complete data is helping retailers address growing consumer demand for more transparent and detailed information about the products they buy and consume.

According to a study conducted by FMCG Gurus: Evolution of Nutrition Global 2020 report, “Almost 70% or global consumers recognize a link between their immune health and overall health.”

Product information that goes beyond what is provided on the label helps support trading partners in the creation of targeted health and wellness programs for consumers who are being more proactive about their health by looking for products with health and immunity boosting ingredients.

GS1 Canada’s Product Certification tool helps brand owners highlight nutritional aspects of their products that are not typically found on the Nutritional Facts Table.

Learn more about Product Certification – Nutritional Content and how it can help inform the buying decisions of trading partners to meet the growing demand of consumers for transparency about the products they buy and consume.

What’s Happening at GS1 Global

Listen to Sanjay Sarma, VP for Open Learning, MIT talking about how GS1 is one of 3 or 5 organizations that’s going to define the new world. helping businesses adapt to the new world.

New Data Recipients at GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada is pleased to welcome two new data recipients: Burb and Buy-Low Foods LP.

Burb is a privately held, multi-licensed cannabis retail company with three operating stores in the TriCities area of Vancouver’s lower mainland. Burb is redefining the cannabis retail experience through its product curation, customer service and commitment to an omni-channel retail offering.

Buy-Low Foods LP is a grocery retailer with over 60 retail locations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan operating under the six retails banners including Buy-Low Foods, Nesters Market, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Choices Markets, Nature’s Fare Markets and AG Foods.

TrueSource™ Dashboard

Are You Keeping Score?

TrueSource Dashboard

Ensuring you are compliant with your trading partners helps build trust, improve relationships and drives business opportunities. TrueSource™ Dashboard allows you to track Compliance Scores for trading partners engaged on TrueSource™ Dashboard, as well as view your Engagement Trends.

TrueSource™ Dashboard also helps you:

Identify products that are missing content to help ensure the completeness of your product catalogue

Identify discontinued products to help you maintain an up-to-date Marketing and Planogram repository

View the status of your GTIN discrepancy reports to help address and resolve any pending discrepancies with your trading partners.

Get Started Today

TrueSource™ Dashboard is a standardized industry data excellence tool that enables you to track product metrics for any GS1 Canada Industry Managed Solution (IMS) your organization is engaged in from a centralized easy-to-navigate place.

To learn more, including how to get started, or to view the full list of data recipients currently using this tool, visit the TrueSource™ Dashboard webpage.

New Data Recipient on TrueSource™ Dashboard

Buy-Low Foods LP is now realizing the benefits of TrueSource™ Dashboard.

Your Questions Answered

GTINS needed, illustration

Q: How do I know how many Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and barcodes I'll need for my products?

A: Each variation of each product you sell requires a unique GTIN. This helpful diagram illustrates how many GTINs and barcodes you may need for your products.

You can also use our handy GTIN calculator to calculate how many you'll need for your specific products under Step1 at this link:

Industry News

Back-to-school buying patterns are changing; remote learning, introduced when regions across the country discontinued in-person classes, spurred purchases earlier in the year to accommodate new needs. The average anticipated spend on back-to-school items in 2020 is $727 versus $919 in 2019. Apparel and sporting goods show the largest decrease in spending across all regions except for Quebec, where consumers are purchasing more school supplies and sporting goods.

Read the full report from Retail Council of Canada here:

Upcoming Events

Meet with representatives from GS1 Canada at these upcoming virtual industry events.

SIAL Canada
September 28 – October 2, 2020
Virtual Show
Visit Us in the Equipment and Technology Pavilion

Grocery Innovations Canada
October 26 to October 29, 2020
Virtual Show

ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions: Product Enhancements

As part of our commitment to improve our subscriber experience and deliver to industry needs, we are continually enhancing and improving our solutions and tools.

Upcoming Enhancements

ECCnet Registry
The following ECCnet Registry enhancements will be completed in November 2020*:

  • Attribute and business rule upgrades to reflect nutritional updates and information associated with the transportation of dangerous goods.
  • Continued global standards alignment with GDSN to enable data synchronization with global trading partners.
  • Further attribute updates in support of Food Labelling regulation changes by 2021.
  • French language UI enhancements including updated messaging and improvements to screen displays.
*Updates to ProSYNC and Item Centre will be performed to align with these changes.

Projected Launch Date: November 9, 2020

To learn more about recent and upcoming enhancements, click here.

Join a Work Group!

Feedback and input from our users, including the ongoing review of attributes and solution requirements, are key elements in ensuring solutions continue to deliver value to subscribers and meet industry needs.

Every GS1 Canada subscriber has an opportunity to represent industry interests through active participation in a community workgroup.

Visit for more information.

Got Questions?

Got Questions?

Your questions on your GS1 Canada account, barcodes, product images and more answered!

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