Directed by industry, GS1 Canada solves non-competitive business process issues through the delivery of Industry Managed Solutions. Designed for optimal efficiency through a one-to-many sharing process, our non-proprietary global standards-based solutions meet the needs of businesses of all sizes across multiple sectors.
Whether looking to launch new products, access perpetually cleansed and updated product content, or increase safety and operational efficiencies, our solutions contain flexible tools and services, value-added elements and premium features to meet the evolving needs of industry, and the demand for increased visibility and data quality.
Our one-to-many approach ensures product data is loaded once, then efficiently shared with all trading partners from one place, at the same time. As part of our standards role, we create implementation guides and educational resources to provide support and guidance for all subscribers.
As a neutral, not-for-profit association, our non-proprietary solutions are developed on a cost-recovery basis, enabling subscribers to meet Canadian trading partner and regulatory requirements at the lowest possible cost to industry.
Across all sectors, there is an increasing need for data and more pressure than ever before on business process efficiency. As industry continues to evolve towards full integration across the whole supply chain, standards-based industry solutions become more valuable, resulting in greater demand for new capabilities that capitalize on existing protocols and industry investments.
GS1 Canada’s Industry Managed Solutions are developed through a Five Stage-Gate Process. This is achieved through the direction and collaboration of our boards, advisory councils and work groups, which are comprised of business leaders and subject matter experts representing trading partners of all sizes across the whole value chain.
Board members collaborate to identify common, non-competitive business process issues.
If a non-competitive business process issue has been identified as potentially requiring global standards or an industry solution, boards direct GS1 Canada to invest in an analysis of the business issue and an environmental scan.
GS1 Canada leads workshops with subject matter experts and business leaders from companies of all sizes across the value chain to establish standards and attributes that meet Canadian trading partner and regulatory requirements.
When specifically directed, the standards phase will establish the industry requirements and business model for a centralized standards-based non-proprietary solution.
When the board approves the plan and investment for a standards-based industry solution, a protocol is signed by board members and industry associations confirming agreement on a centralized industry solution, a key component to driving critical mass adoption.
Signed industry protocols ensure adoption of one centralized, non-proprietary industry solution across the sector and triggers GS1 Canada to start building the solution.
When one standardized way of working is adopted across the entire supply chain, all trading partners experience simplified business processes, increased efficiency, decreased costs, increased quality and greater ease of doing business.
Once developed, the solution is launched to industry in partnership with board members and industry associations.
Within industry identified timelines, data providers supply required content and data recipients use the content in their business process on a one-to-many basis.
All trading partners commit to perpetually cleanse and update their content.
The solution evolves at a fast pace, with continuous improvements and ongoing enhancements based on industry development and learnings, including the development and implementation of tools that enable subscribers of all sizes to participate.
Critical mass adoption has been achieved when: