2018 has been extremely busy for both GS1 and the Alliance Partner team. The list of activities and achievements is quite long and a testament to the engagement of our partners but also of our internal teams that are much more in tune with our partners.
A significant part of the GS1 Business Plan has been to recast our Retail Strategy. As partners would be aware, Retail (Food and Non Food) constitutes nearly 70% of our overall membership and as part of our strategic review, we identified the need to increase our level of activity in this space. As such, I will be solely focused on delivering outcomes in this space. This means that Peter Davenport will assume total ownership of the program with increased levels of support by the various GS1 teams. I will be continuing to support Peter during this transition period until the end of March.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our existing partners plus those that joined the program during my time. I know that I leave the team having done as much as possible to set it up for success, but more importantly having increased the number of ways partners can access real, quantifiable opportunities.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this key part of the GS1 community and know that I will be continuing to work with many of the group in my new role.
Please welcome Peter if you haven’t already met him and I am positive you’ll find new opportunities as you continue to engage with him and the wider GS1 Customer Engagement Team.
2018 has been a huge year for the Alliance Partner program.
Here are some things that have happened in the past 12 months;
Solution Provider Directory launch
GS1 Open Day
RFID Coalition engagement
Learn and Knowledge mini expos
Government funding opportunities
Plus we’ve welcomed 12 new partners to the program
We thank you for your continued support and engagement. Without you, we could not bring our standards to life for our members.
Round 1 of AusIndustry Funding update
In July this year, GS1 and AusIndustry combined and were able to offer our partners access to matched government funding for GS1 related industry programmes such as GS1 DataBar and Project i-Trace. Providers were briefed in July and since then, for the 64% of take ups, nearly 90% have already had an AusIndustry consultant visit them and complete a “Supplier Improvement Plan” for free. The process was certainly beneficial for all involved. So much so that we hope to announce a 2nd round of engagements in early 2019.
Historically one of the benefits of being a GS1 Alliance Partner was that we issued you with a GS1 Company Prefix. We no longer do this and if you are one of these partners, we will be in contact in the 1st half of 2019 to review what needs to be done with these numbers.
If you are aware that you have a GS1 Company Prefix (your invoice will stipulate this as shown below) and know that it is not being used, please contact us so we can retire it. If however you are using this prefix, again, let us know, and we will work with you to create a separate account for these.
Example of what you will see on your invoice if you have allocated numbers.
Do you want to promote your webinars to our members?
Are you running informative webinars that would be of interest to our members? We've introduced a new way for you, our all Alliance Partner to promote your webinars to our members, via our industry newsletters.
Read the updated Media Kit for submission dates, specifications and Terms and Conditions.
Webinar promotion is another way in which you can use your yearly advertising allowance.
With GTIN non-reuse coming into effect from 1 January 2019, now is the time to update your SOPs with the following standard wording:
Once a GTIN has been allocated to a trade item, under no circumstances must it be transferred or reused for any other trade item.
The only exceptions are:
• If a GTIN has been assigned to a trade item, which was then never actually produced, the GTIN may be deleted from any catalogue immediately without first being marked as discontinued. In this exceptional case, the GTIN may be reused 12 months after deletion from the seller’s catalogue.
• Trade items that have been withdrawn from the market and are reintroduced may use the original GTIN if they are reintroduced without any modifications or changes that require a new GTIN as specified by the GTIN Management Standard.
The GS1 Global Product Classification (GPC) standards helps global trading partners to group products in the same way, everywhere in the world. The resulting common business language is clear and instantly understandable.
GPC is a service to Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN), however did you know that it is also used in industry beyond GDSN? This includes things like Category Management, Governmental Acquisitions, Shelf Management, Business Intelligence, and Traceability.
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