Update On Loblaw And Wal-Mart GS1 DataBar™ Pilots Update On Loblaw And Wal-Mart GS1 DataBar™ Pilots
 
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Update On Loblaw And Wal-Mart GS1 DataBar™ Pilots

Retail scanning systems require the capability to read DataBar codes by 2010

In June 2006, Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) and Wal-Mart Stores inc. (Wal-Mart) selected several suppliers to pilot the GS1 DataBar™(formerly called Reduced Space Symbology or RSS) on apples and bananas. These retailers recently led a conference call for North American retailers to discuss the pilots’ results and to engage others and add momentum to the rollout of the DataBar in North America.

 To date, Loblaw and Wal-Mart have attributed the following business benefits to their DataBar pilots:

  • Decreased out-of-stocks
  • Improved shrink control
  • Enhanced product replenishment
  • Increased customer satisfaction at self-checkouts.

GS1 DataBar™ symbols identify small and hard-to-mark products, ranging from fresh foods to lipstick tubes, by carrying more information than a ‘regular’ Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) bar code within half the space. The DataBar also has the capacity to carry GS1 Application Identifiers, such as serial numbers, lot numbers, and expiration dates, which create the opportunity for solutions supporting product authentication, traceability, product quality, variable measure product identification and couponing.

GS1 set a global sunrise date of January 1, 2010 for all scanning systems to achieve the capability to read DataBar codes on any trade item. GS1 Canada is working with multiple sectors to prepare Canadian businesses to implement the DataBar using GS1 global standards, providing them with a competitive edge in local and export markets.

GS1 recently announced the adoption of the name GS1 DataBar™ to replace the term Reduced Space Symbology (RSS) to avoid confusion with Really Simple Syndication (RSS), a common Internet term. The GS1 DataBar™ name was selected because it is easy to remember and pronounce and works in all major languages

For more information on GS1 DataBar™, click here.