The GS1 Australia Supply Chain Week attracted record-breaking attendance levels with more than 1200 supply chain professionals and business owners from multiple industries across Australia gathering for the annual event to explore how global GS1 standards and services can help businesses drive efficiencies and reduce costs in the face of today’s challenges.
Now in its 4th year, GS1 Australia’s Supply Chain Week 2013 was held across two weeks from 9 to 20 September in Melbourne and Sydney, breaking all attendance records since its debut in 2009.
This year’s theme was to integrate, innovate and be inspired while networking and connecting with key players to discover the latest practical supply chain insights and new industry initiatives.
According to Maria Palazzolo, GS1 Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, this year’s program delivered a great learning opportunity with high profile keynote speakers, interactive seminars, real-life case studies, and new product and service launches. The event also brought into focus how the implementation of GS1 standards will continue to deliver great value to businesses in 2013 and beyond.
Attendees had access to the latest supply chain insights covering the areas of Healthcare, Transport and Logistics, Food and Beverage, Greenlife, Consumer Goods and Education and Training. New products launched at the event included GS1 SmartMedia, GS1 Recallnet Healthcare and GS1net Webforms, in addition to an update on GS1’s Alliance Partner Program and introduction to the newly inaugurated GS1 Institute.
The record-breaking attendance confirms the growing interest in Supply Chain Week and the commitment of GS1 Australia members to keep themselves informed about the latest initiatives and developments pertaining to GS1 standards and services.
Mrs Palazzolo added that the Supply Chain Week 2013 provided the ideal platform for them to facilitate and share knowledge about how other companies were best using supply chain standards in their businesses to improve efficiencies as well as providing delegates with a deeper understanding of how GS1 standards can improve their supply chain.
The event kicked off in Melbourne with the first Healthcare Industry Seminar where healthcare professionals learnt about implementing GS1 standards including the National Product Catalogue (NPC) and eProcurement.
Through the week, delegates heard valuable insights across different industries from high profile speakers representing the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), Australian Logistics Council, SCLAA, RAMP, OneSteel, Woolworths Limited, University of Melbourne, Innovit, Myer, Telstra, Oracle Retail, Coles, Metcash and CH2 among many others.
Supply Chain Week 2013 closed with the official launch of the newly inaugurated GS1 Institute, which marks the consolidation of years of member training in the GS1 System into a program of specialised education and training curriculum, aimed to educate and train Australian businesses in supply chain and logistics best practices.