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First GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award Call for Nominations Now Open
-- GS1 Canada in Search of CFIG Members Using Technology Successfully for Supply Chain Efficiencies --

TORONTO, ON, April 3, 2006 – GS1 Canada, Canada’s experts in collaborative commerce and global standards, announced today that nominations are now being accepted for the first ever Supply Chain Efficiency Award.  Announced at Grocery Innovations Canada 2005 (GIC), Canada’s premier grocery industry exposition and conference, the 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.

"Standardizing technology in an organization’s supply chain is integral to improving internal business operations as well as driving efficiencies among trading partners," said Art Smith, CEO of GS1 Canada.  "GS1 Canada helps Canadian companies, in particular small- to medium-sized enterprises, to enable supply chain efficiencies and this award is designed to recognize and celebrate companies that have benefited from implementing technology within their supply chain."

John F.T. Scott, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers commented, "We are ecstatic that GS1 Canada would have the vision to develop an award to encourage the smallest members of our industry to fully participate in technology opportunities.  Their efforts further underscores the true partnership we enjoy with GS1 Canada on this, and with Grocery Innovations Canada."

The award’s call for entries is open from April 3, 2006 to September 15, 2006.  To be considered for the award entrants must be a CFIG member and answer a series of questions concerning implementation of a standards-based, technology solution to address suppliers or trading partners, internal operations and efficiencies, customer care and/or organization transformation challenges.  The entrant must demonstrate that the technology solution delivered quantifiable results through dollar value or percentages.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Improving accuracy by implementing a data synchronization such as listing products
  • Reducing operating costs by reducing manual processes using bar codes
  • Effectively planning retail shelf space using images and dimensions, saving labour costs and improving professional image
  • Eliminating cumbersome manual methods of tracking and managing records
  • Providing customers with faster and improved service at point-of-sale by bar coding products.

Three finalists will be announced on October 2, 2006 and the winner will be revealed at GIC, taking place at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario from October 23-24, 2006.  Selected by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from GS1 Canada and multi-national manufacturers and retailers, winners will receive complimentary membership to GS1 Canada for a three year period (a $2,000 value), recognition at GIC 2006, exposure in GS1 Canada’s cCommerce magazine and other mediums, a plaque and use of an award seal for their marketing collateral.

CFIG members interested in applying for the GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency Award can visit for more information.

About 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, manufacturers, distributors and industry association partners.  CFIG boasts a national membership of 3,800 and our members have contributed $14 billion dollars in annual retail sales from coast to coast and play a key role in the economic landscape of Canada’s business community.

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