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Colemans Food Centre Receives 2007 GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award

TORONTO, ON, October 30, 2007 – GS1 Canada, Canada’s expert in collaborative commerce and global supply chain standards, has announced Colemans Food Centre (Colemans) as the winner of the 2007 GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award. The winner was revealed at the “Grocery Innovations Canada Dinner with the Philosopher Kings” on Monday, October 29, 2007 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Established in 1934, Colemans operates 12 corporately owned retail food outlets throughout Newfoundland, including its own warehouse distribution centre. Colemans has combined computer-assisted ordering and space management tools to fuel growth and create an efficient supply chain.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this award,” said Scott Bennett, director, Information Technology, Colemans Food Centre. “Controlling inventory by using leading-edge technology has led to efficiencies in ordering and space management, resulting in a significant increase in our overall productivity.”

As the award winner, Colemans will receive complimentary membership to GS1 Canada for a three-year period, extensive coverage and promotion of their organization and solution through various forms of marketing and communication materials, and an award seal to use in their marketing collateral.

“Colemans Food Centre has demonstrated leadership in supply chain management,” said N. Arthur Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada. “We are proud to present this award to a company that is active in providing and promoting supply chain solutions.”

First announced at Grocery Innovations Canada 2005, Canada’s premier grocery industry exposition and conference, this award is designed to recognize members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) who have successfully introduced a standards-based technology solution within their organization’s supply chain.

GS1 Canada appreciates the continued support of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. Grocery Innovations Canada represents an excellent opportunity for members of the supply chain to come together and learn from each other’s strengths and innovations. GS1 Canada thanks all companies that submitted an entry for this year’s GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award, and looks forward to an even more robust competition in 2008.


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. As a member organization of GS1, the leading supply chain standards organization in the world, GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique Company Prefix Licences in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally that enable organizations to create reliable, industry-compliant bar codes. GS1 Canada also provides a range of educational opportunities and business solutions, such as ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and ECCnet Image & Validation (ECCnet I&V) services, which offer one-stop access to product images and dimensional data. In addition, GS1 Canada offers standards management for collaborative commerce, including bar codes and Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID), and continues to drive the e-commerce revolution by providing the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies participate competitively. For more information, visit

About the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-for-profit association founded in 1962. The association’s mission is to further the unique interests of Canada’s independent and franchised grocers across Canada through progressive partnerships with retailers, suppliers and the consumer.  CFIG is a strong and united voice for Canada’s independent community and is heard at all levels of government, as well as by manufacturers, distributors and industry association partners. CFIG boasts a national membership of 3,800 and the association’s members have contributed $14 billion dollars in annual retail sales from coast to coast and also play a key role in the economic landscape of Canada’s business community. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Noreen Awan
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125

Shelley D’Amico
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
416-492-2311 ext. 222