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Grocery Industry Encouraged to Embrace EPC/RFID Technology for Industry Wide Efficiencies at Panel Discussion Hosted by GS1 Canada

TORONTO, ON, November 24, 2005 – GS1 Canada, Canada’s experts in collaborative commerce and global standards, hosted a panel session “EPC/RFID Straight Talk: From Hype to Reality” at the premier grocery industry exposition and conference, Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC).  The panel discussion, which took place on October 25, 2005, provided attendees with a comprehensive overview of the potential impact of Electronic Product Code (EPC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on independent grocers, including opportunities to learn and steps to implement EPC/RFID.  Moderated by Jack Brooks, Vice President, Business Development, EPCglobal Canada (a wholly owned subsidiary of GS1 Canada), the panel included senior level experts from solution providers including Denis Wills, Channel Director Canada, Symbol Technologies; Pierre Deschamps, Executive Vice President, Cactus Commerce; and Mike Sitek, Director, Retail Business Development, Intermec Technologies, and president and owner of The Country Grocer, Francois Bouchard.

EPC/RFID Enables End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility
“EPC/RFID enables real-time supply chain visibility, allowing an organization to optimize their resources and business processes,” said Brooks. “We aim to simplify global commerce by educating companies on how to best apply standards and solutions to their own supply chains, including EPC/RFID.”

EPC/RFID technology has taken centre stage as a key initiative in transforming global supply chains.  As the technology continues to mature and key standards have been developed, leading global manufacturers, vendors and retailers are devoting considerable resources to better understand and test new capabilities made possible by EPC and RFID.  GS1 develops global collaborative commerce standards and educates industry on how to incorporate and implement collaborative commerce standards, tools and processes into their businesses.

“A number of major retailers are mandating RFID for their vendors, and as a result, independent grocers will increasingly notice pallets and cases arriving at their docks with EPC/RFID tags,” Wills told panel attendees.  “I encourage grocers to take this opportunity to embrace the technology,” Wills continued.

“RFID is an evolutionary technology,” said Deschamps.  “Companies should educate themselves on the technology to determine the expected impact to their bottom line.  Leading companies are the ones who go a step further and pilot the technology in their own environment so they can reap the immediate business benefits which include improving efficiency and profits,” he added.


Award for Exceptional Supply Chain Application Announced
In addition to exhibiting and hosting a panel discussion at GIC, GS1 Canada announced the “GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award”.  This award will be presented at the 2006 Grocery Innovations Canada in recognition of a CFIG member who has been instrumental in introducing a standards-based, technology solution within their organization’s supply chain.

About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance. GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally.  It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensions.  As technologies like Electronic Product Codes (EPC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Mary Pygiel
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125