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Global Standards Organization GS1 Canada Joins Grocery Innovations Canada

TORONTO, ON,  September 30, 2005 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) today announced that GS1 Canada, Canada’s experts in collaborative commerce and global standards, has joined its premier grocery industry exposition and conference Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) as partner.  GS1 Canada is dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions to improve efficiency and visibility in supply and demand chains.

John F.T. Scott, President of CFIG said, CFIG’s partnership with GS1 Canada, who is responsible for EPC/RFID standards in Canada, sends a clear signal to the industry that GIC continues to grow and remains the place for the grocery industry to converge and learn about the very latest in technology, new product development, innovative retail strategies and upcoming trends that influence and impact the grocer’s day-to-day business.

Part of GS1 Canada’s mandate is to educate organizations of all sizes, in particular small to medium size businesses, on how to best incorporate supply chain tools and processes into their business so they can increase organizational efficiencies, said N. Arthur Smith, CEO of GS1 Canada.  Partnering with CFIG allows us to provide grocery retailers with an opportunity to discover the latest global supply chain technology advancements, trends and solutions in a manner specifically tailored to their industry.

Under the two-year supporting member agreement, GS1 Canada will participate in GIC by providing education and exhibit platforms to showcase collaborative commerce. 

At this year’s show, GS1 Canada will facilitate a panel discussion entitled, EPC/RFID Straight Talk: From Hype to Reality, on October 25, 2005 from 10:30 - 11:15 am to educate attendees on how Canada is adopting EPC/RFID and what this means for businesses and trading partners.  As well GS1 Canada will exhibit in RFID Way in the show feature area, along with other leading RFID organizations that will have industry experts on-hand to answer questions and provide information on how EPC/RFID technology can be applied to the grocery sector.

About Grocery Innovations Canada 2005
Grocery Innovations Canada 2005 (GIC), is Canada’s premier grocery industry exposition and conference. The event is considered a must-attend by key industry players and attracts more than 6,000 industry attendees. GIC runs October 24 through 25 at the Toronto Congress Centre. GIC 2005 is produced in partnership by Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG); with the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC); and the Canadian Association of Sales and Marketing (CASMA) with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Canadian Grocer.  These organizations represent the strength, innovations and leadership behind Canada’s $70.1 billion grocery industry. The trade-only exposition is open to buyers, retailers and grocery industry executives from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. For more details and registration information please visit .


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 offers one-stop access to product images and dimensions.  As technologies like Electronic Product Codes (EPC) and Radio Frequency Identification (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:
Karen Jury, Director of Communications
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
416-492-2311 ext. 222

Mary Pygiel
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125

Media Registration:
E-mail your request along with affiliate, position and telephone to Karen Jury, Director,  Communications. Media credentials will be held for pick-up at the Media Office during trade show hours. Please be prepared to present affiliate ID or assignment info upon arrival. Daily assigned news media should contact Karen Jury on-site at 416-302-3605

Note: To cover specific GIC sessions or attend breakfast sessions media should pre-arrange admission with Karen Jury.

Note: Media credentials are reserved for working journalists and electronic media. Media sales representatives should visit or register on-site at GIC Media Office.