GS1 Canada is pleased to bring you the July edition of Food for Thought. With every edition, we will bring you the latest insights, news and trends in the grocery and foodservice industries.
GS1 Standards Week is a global event that brings together experts in supply chain and digital transformation to discuss business needs and shape the future of industry. This year, Standards Week took place virtually from May 25 - 27, and was attended by 443 business leaders and supply chain professionals from retail, healthcare, transport & logistics and technical industries. The Standards Week programme included eleven engaging work group meetings hosted by industry experts and highlighted the exciting Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) initiatives under way. The GSMP is a community-based forum for businesses facing similar problems to work together and develop standards-based solutions.
Visit the post-event website to read the executive summary of Standards Week 2021 and find out what standards are being developed now and in the future.
Canada’s foodservice industry generated over $93 billion in sales in 2019 and was on track to surpass $100 billion in sales in 2021, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.* As one of the biggest industries in Canada, foodservice is a crucial component of the Canadian economy and will play a key role in the economy’s recovery in the coming years. So, what does it take to make the foodservice supply chain work?
The GS1 Discovery App is a fun, interactive tool that shows GS1 global standards "in action" throughout the supply chain, as well as the interoperability that standards-based business processes bring. Whether you are a processor, distributor, wholesaler, regulator, foodservice operator, restaurant, stakeholder – or simply a customer eating out or grabbing a takeaway – today’s foodservice landscape is changing and GS1 is here to help.
Explore the GS1 Discover Foodservice app here.
GS1 Canada is pleased to welcome the following new data recipients:
Fairway Market proudly brings years of experience and a family passion for providing quality foods and service to their customers. Since 1963, they have grown from a small family business to one of Vancouver Island’s largest independently owned grocery stores with 10 locations on Vancouver Island.
Aisle 24 - Unattended Markets
Aisle 24 turns small, underutilized areas of condos, apartments, townhome complexes, and school campuses into 24-hour self-serve grocery stores. By integrating modern technology with tailored product selection, Aisle 24 quickly becomes a vital amenity, indispensable to the busy lives of residents.
Peavey Mart – Peavey Industries
Peavey Mart is a farm and ranch retail banner in Western Canada offering a unique selection of agriculture, farm and ranch, pet, work wear, lawn and garden, hardware, as well as homesteading supplies for those who enjoy a down-to-earth rural lifestyle. 100% Canadian owned, Peavey Mart is one of three banners under the Peavey Industries LP umbrella.
Metro 360 operates as full-service CPG wholesaler, brand owner and incubator, providing an incredibly comprehensive suite of goods and services to both retailers and vendors. They have a track record of excellence in all their service areas, including brand acquisition and development, logistics, at-store merchandising, planogram support, brand activation strategies & execution, digital marketing, as well as advanced billing and reporting capabilities.
Ike Enterprises Inc.
Ike Enterprises, the parent company of Left Coast Naturals, is an organic and natural food manufacturer and distributor based in Burnaby, British Columbia. Ike Enterprises distributes over 30 brands, 200 bulk foods, and three of their own brands - Hippie Snacks, Left Coast Bulk Foods and Left Coast Organics - to grocery, specialty and natural food stores across Western Canada.
Q: How do I Certify eCommerce Content?
A: To certify ecommerce content in the Product Certification tool, you will need to register for the ECCnet eCommerce Content solution by registering for The Vault – eCommerce. Follow these simple steps to register:
Educational resources are available in The Learning Zone to help with your setup.
For more information on eCommerce Content Certification, visit here.
The past 15 months have been a time of unprecedented change and growth for the grocery industry. To capture some of the lessons learned by Canada’s top grocery leaders, Canadian Grocer spoke to a handful of experts to gather their insights and predictions on what lies ahead for the industry.
Key takeaways include:
The foodservice industry has undoubtably been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with restrictions forcing restaurants to close their doors for varying periods of time across the country. However, the industry has shown its resilience, with many restaurant operators finding unique ways to navigate the pandemic.
Here are some interesting ways restaurants have been able to turn a challenge into an opportunity:
For more ideas and insights, read the full article here.
Restaurants Canada has developed an online hub with the latest tools, information and resources to help foodservice operators navigate the changing COVID-19 landscape. Check the hub regularly for updated information on:
As part of our commitment to improving our subscriber experience and delivering to industry needs, we are continually enhancing our solutions and tools.
The following products that have recently undergone updates and enhancements:
Visit our Coming Enhancements Webpage regularly for more detailed information on past and upcoming product updates.
Feedback and input from our users, including the ongoing review of attributes and solution requirements, are key elements in ensuring solutions continue to deliver value to subscribers and meet industry needs.
Every GS1 Canada subscriber has an opportunity to represent industry interests through active participation in a community workgroup.
Visit here for more information.