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.
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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.
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:
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.
Buy-Low Foods LP is now realizing the benefits of TrueSource™ Dashboard.
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: gs1ca.org/gtins
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:
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.
The following ECCnet Registry enhancements will be completed in November 2020*:
Projected Launch Date: November 9, 2020
To learn more about recent and upcoming enhancements, click here.
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 gs1ca.org/work-with-industry for more information.