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GS1 Connect 2017 Highlights

Nearly 1,300 thought leaders, industry innovators, GS1 Standards experts, and trading partners gathered in Las Vegas for GS1 Connect® 2017 to collaborate for business excellence. This year’s event explored the increasingly complex and dynamic challenges and opportunities facing organizations across industries. It featured provocative keynotes, engaging industry sessions, opportunities to meet with and learn from trading partners, and the dynamic Standardsville Exhibit Area.

GS1 Connect 2017 Opening Session Video

Beating at the Heart of Business—Every Day

GS1 Connect 2017 kicked off with a striking reminder that GS1 Standards go beyond barcodes to beat at the heart of business over 5 billion times a day.

GS1 Connect 2017 Opening Session

Opening General Session

In his opening remarks, GS1 US President and CEO, Bob Carpenter, encouraged attendees to use their time at GS1 Connect 2017 to dig deep into their challenges, identifying root causes versus symptoms, and then building action plans for moving forward with confidence.


Keynote Speakers


Jim McKelvey Keynote Speaker

Jim McKelvey

Square Co-Founder, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Author, Pilot

Mr. McKelvey, an inventor, entrepreneur, and author best known for co-creating the revolutionary payments company, Square, shared his Silicon Valley approach to problem-solving, innovation, and a concept he calls “unlearning.” He showed attendees why success in business today means relinquishing old rules and behaviors and how learning agility can drive success in an uncertain, unpredictable, and constantly evolving business environment.


Katie Linendoll Keynote Speaker

“Becoming Future Proof”
Katie Linendoll

Technology Expert, Emmy Award-Winning Producer, Known as the "Chic Geek”

Ms. Linendoll, a technology guru who regularly lends her expertise to a variety of platforms, including the TODAY Show, CNN, Fox News, HLN, and Popular Science, shared her thoughts on becoming “future proof” during the closing keynote. This includes applying the latest technological breakthroughs to advance innovation, the role of data as a foundation for business growth, and how industry leaders must embrace the host of opportunities that come with evolving technology.


Inaugural GS1 US Excellence Awards

Siobhan O’Bara, Senior Vice President, Industry Engagement & Services, recognized the winners of the inaugural GS1 US 2017 Excellence Awards. A new addition to the conference for 2017, the GS1 US Excellence Awards recognized organizations and individuals for their achievements in implementing GS1 Standards and identifying best practices that transform business processes and drive innovation across all industries.

The GS1 US 2017 Excellence Award categories and winners were:

  • GS1 US 2017 Operational Excellence Award - Dot Foods and Target
  • GS1 US 2017 Innovation Award - REI CO-OP and Coca-Cola North America
  • GS1 US 2017 Small/Mid-Size Business Excellence Award - Tegu and Upper Lakes Foods
  • Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award - Ken Traub, Posthumously
GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

How to Do Business With...

19 How to Do Business With… sessions gave suppliers the opportunity to learn about business process requirements and initiative updates directly from their customers.


Co-located Events

Attendees appreciated the opportunity to maximize their time investment to attend co-located user groups hosted by 1WorldSync, FSEnet, LANSA, and OpenText; the GS1 US Joint Open Industry Meeting; and GS1 US industry initiative meetings at GS1 Connect 2017. View 2017 Co-located Events.

GS1 Connect 2017 Trading Partner Roundtables

Trading Partner Roundtables

45 Trading Partner Roundtable sessions enabled trading partners to discuss best practices and business processes that will help drive collaboration—and greater efficiencies in their supply chains.

GS1 Connect 2017 Networking Event

Networking Event at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub

Collaboration can happen after hours, too—and thanks to our event sponsor, 1WorldSync, conference participants this year spent a fun and memorable evening at the GS1 Connect 2017 networking event at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub. Attendees enjoyed the club’s indoor dance floor and outdoor beachclub oasis and pool area, as well as amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Mountains.


Exhibitors and Sponsors

GS1 US would like to thank our Exhibitors and Sponsors at GS1 Connect 2017. Your sponsorship and participation helped our attendees discover solutions for business excellence.

View 2017 Exhibitors.

GS1 Connect 2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors

Standardsville Exhibit Area

This year’s event again featured the popular Standardsville Exhibit Area. Walking through the booth area and visiting the Industry Zones of Standardsville brought the power of standards to life through opportunities to engage with GS1 US and industry experts. The Exhibit Area was also the focal point for Trading Partner Roundtables, the Tech Theater, and GS1 US Member Support Services. Special features in the Exhibit Area included:

  • Coca-Cola® Experience Zone
  • Concierge Service – NEW for 2017
  • GS1 US Data Hub® Demo Zone
  • GS1 US Mobile ScanTM Plaza
GS1 Connect 2017 Standardsville Exhibit Area