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North American Upstream Initiative

Operating under the umbrella of the Global Upstream Supply Chain Initiative (GUSI), the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) and global suppliers and manufacturers joined forces with the GS1 global office to develop the Upstream Integration Model (UIM) and a complete set of GS1 standards designed for the specific needs of suppliers of ingredients, raw materials and packaging.

Expanding on this global initiative, GS1 Canada, in collaboration with GS1 US, has created the North American Upstream Initiative. Through the adoption of global standards in the upstream supply chain, the North American Upstream Initiative will allow the GS1 Canada member community to improve efficiencies while reducing costs along their supply chains.

As part of this initiative’s first phase, GS1 Canada and GS1 US have assembled a group of key North American companies to educate them on the benefits and implications of UIM implementation. Serving as a critical reference group, these organizations will be instrumental in facilitating the expansion of the UIM across industry sectors.

The standards complement the existing GS1 XML standards already available for retailers and manufacturers around the world and extend the benefits of standardization to include upstream. These standards support the most frequent business processes used by upstream suppliers and their trading partners, enabling them to exchange information smoothly. The focus is on real-time data exchange, as opposed to “batch” exchanges that were used in the past.

Upstream integration leads to supply chain efficiencies for suppliers of ingredients, raw materials and packaging through the adoption of GUSI, an initiative widely supported by multinational organizations including The Danone Group, The Henkel Group, Procter & Gamble and Nestlé S.A.