GS1 Australia will hold a Futures Day in March following a successful Supply Chain Week last year.
According to Richard Jones, GS1 Australia General Manager – Industry Engagement, based on the positive feedback from members after the sessions, they have decided to hold the Supply Chain Week again in September 2011.
Additionally, the Futures Day will be organised in March this year to showcase their work with the GoScan mobile commerce application, GS1 DataBar, EPC/RFID and other emerging technologies that will bring supply chain efficiencies.
More than 380 people attended GS1 Australia’s Supply Chain Week in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in September last year.
Sessions were attended by GS1 Australia members from the grocery, liquor, hardware, agribusiness and automotive aftermarket sectors as well as by third-party solution providers.
The grocery and liquor sessions focused on logistics labelling with representatives from Woolworths, Coles and Metcash discussing the issues retailers faced with incorrect pallet labelling or pallet labels that did not scan.
Samantha Blake of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) outlined how in 2010, a number of food and grocery manufacturers as well as retailers had formed a work group in partnership with GS1 Australia, Australian Food and Grocery Council and Efficient Consumer Response Australasia to address the issue of pallet labelling compliance.
The workgroup had developed practical tools for the local industry to drive improvements to pallet labelling and SSCC compliance, which would be available shortly from the GS1 Australia and ECRA websites.
The consumer electronics sessions focused on management of master data and reverse logistics with members of the Consumer Electronics Working Action Group (CEWAG) reporting on the progress the group had made in these two areas.
Discussion during the hardware, automotive aftermarket and agribusiness centred on bar coding and numbering as well as data synchronisation with members of the Hardware GS1 Action Group (HGAG) urging the automotive aftermarket and agribusiness sectors to leverage the gains already made by the hardware sector.