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GS1 Canada Successful 2007 GS1 Business Case Award Winner
-- Receives global recognition for its leadership in establishing standards and solution for digital product image and dimension specifications --

TORONTO, ON, June 12, 2007 – Over 145 countries attending the GS1 General Assembly 2007 in Seoul, South Korea on May 23, celebrated GS1 Canada’s success as it won the 2007 GS1 Business Case Award for the design and implementation of ECCnet Image and Validation (ECCnet I&V) services. GS1 Global Office grants the award to GS1 member organizations that have successfully implemented projects using GS1 global standards for the benefit of businesses around the world.

“GS1 Canada is honoured to have been awarded the GS1 Business Case Award,” said N. Arthur Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada. “ECCnet I&V has saved millions of dollars for retailers and manufacturers. We believe this to be a significant contribution to industry and are pleased to have been recognized for it.”

In response to Canadian industry’s demand for a single source of standardized product images, GS1 Canada’s ECCnet I&V includes planogram and marketing image services which align with the
GS1 Product Image Specification, a new global standard that GS1 Global Office recently published. GS1 Canada also created a databank of more than 86,000 unduplicated images and dimensional data, which is available to all industry sectors, levelling the playing field for vendors of all sizes to do business with their retail trading partners, regardless of their location in Canada.

GS1 Canada has successfully grown ECCnet I&V over the past 10 years during which industry has engaged to improve supply chain efficiencies. While maintaining GS1 global standards, GS1 Canada has continuously invested in service enhancements, producing high-resolution marketing images and adding real-time access to its database.


Retailers and manufacturers alike achieve operational and financial benefits from using ECCnet I&V services. Similarly, manufacturers save millions of dollars by using ECCnet I&V’s database as their single source for sharing product data and images with their trading partners. Both retailers and manufacturers save tens of millions of dollars and enhance their data accuracy by using ECCnet I&V to support their shelf management and category management initiatives.

About ECCnet Image & Validation
ECCnet Image & Validation is a central source for developing product images and dimensional information that companies needs to maximize the selling potential of their products and improve the efficiency of their supply chain. ECCnet Image & Validation includes images and dimensional data for planogramming,
high-resolution marketing images, and a Bar Code Scan Verification service to assure trading partners that the bar code symbols of each member's products meet global scanning standards.

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 ECCnet Image & Validation services (ECCnet I&V), offer one-stop access to product images and dimensional data. As technologies like
Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/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:
Noreen Awan
Media and Communication Specialist