GS1 Australia is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation and a Member Organisation of GS1, a leading global organisation dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards for supply chains.
Australia’s agribusiness players are joining forces to improve supply chain processes and services through the adoption of GS1 global standards in co-ordination with GS1 Australia.
Key suppliers and retailers from the agribusiness sector have formed an industry working group called the AGSG (Agribusiness GS1 Standards Group).
With a view towards enabling effective and efficient business processes, the Group aims to work with all interested industry trading partners to promote and set guidelines for the implementation of GS1 standards such as:
- Product identification
- Automatic data capture
- Electronic messaging
- Data synchronisation
- Product classifications
The AGSG is calling on other businesses in the agribusiness sector to come forward and participate in the initiative.
AGSG Steering Committee Chair, Andrew Pollard of Landmark said that the Group would be focussing first on bar coding for greater data accuracy as well as to enable technologies such as POS and warehouse management systems. Bar coding will also serve as a single product identifier for all parties in the supply chain.
He adds that AGSG also intends to leverage GS1 Australia’s expertise in the area as knowledge of retail bar coding within the industry is poor. This will set the stage for a new level of standards and business improvement for rural sector B2B.
The AGSG has set up three work groups that they believe can deliver tangible results to all participants:
- Numbering & Bar Coding
- E-Messaging & Master Data Synchronisation
- Batch Management & Traceability
AGSG invites interested industry participants to become actively involved in the GS1 endeavour.
AGSG Steering Committee Vice-Chair, Keith Quiney of Syngenta Crop Protection said the agribusiness sector needed to leverage the work already done by the hardware sector to jump-start the implementation process and shorten implementation time as much as possible.
The AGSG will meet regularly, alternating between Sydney and Melbourne for meetings and will offer both webinar as well as teleconference facilities to participants.