Executives from Johnson & Johnson, QVC and Wendy’s QSCC Join GS1 Connect 2016 Keynote Panel Discussion
Conference Speakers to Address How to Unlock the Power of GS1 Standards to Meet Consumer Demand for Information Transparency


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (April 12, 2016) – A new opening keynote panel discussion titled “Transforming Business to Exceed Consumer Expectations” has been added to the agenda for GS1 Connect® 2016 , the annual conference and exhibit taking place June 1-3, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

GS1 US® President and CEO, Bob Carpenter, will moderate a cross-industry panel of GS1 US Board of Governor executives, including:

  • Linda Dillman, chief information officer of QVC,
  • John Inwright, president of Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op (QSCC)
  • Katherine Ross, vice president, customer and logistics services, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain and president of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.

During the discussion, these thought leaders will share best practices for adapting supply chains and e-commerce operations to meet the demands of today’s consumers and patients. Drawing from their experiences, the panelists will also discuss how the GS1 System of Standards has provided a foundation for their organizations to fully embrace change and transform their industries.

“Today’s consumers are expecting unprecedented access to robust information that heavily influences their purchases or, in the case of healthcare, their medical decisions,” said Carpenter. “Organizations across every industry are responding to this growing trend with innovative business models that provide product data transparency for the consumer. Our panel discussion will help attendees “Unlock the Power of Standards” by revealing the many ways standards implementation can help solve challenges during this exciting time of market transformation.”

Additional Educational and Networking Opportunities

Attendees can also expect to learn about standards implementation tools and best practices from industry leaders presenting in five tracks: Retail, Healthcare, Grocery, Foodservice and Standards & Solutions. Companies participating in “How to do Business With” sessions and Trading Partner Roundtables include Advantage Solutions, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Beaver Street Fisheries, Belk, Dillard’s, Dot Foods, Foodbuy/Compass Group North America, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Google Shopping, Gordon Food Service, IPC/SUBWAY®, KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc.,The Kroger Company, Macy’s, Markem-Imaje, McLane Company, Nordstrom, PepsiCo, Performance Food Group, QSCC, SUPERVALU, INC., Target, Tyson Foods, US Foods, Wakefern Food Corp., Walgreens, Walmart/Sam’s Club and Wegmans Food Markets. These sessions provide access to key representatives from major retailers, restaurants, distributors, healthcare providers and brands to learn about each company’s standards initiatives, supplier requirements and business processes. GS1 Connect will also feature a networking event at The Newseum, a museum dedicated to the five freedoms of the First Amendment, on June 2, 2016.

GS1 Connect 2016 is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The J.M. Smucker Company, 1WorldSync, ALIEN Technologies, AlignTrac Solutions, Blue Software, Edgenet, Edicom, Edict Systems, IBM, Innovit and SATO. To view the agenda and/or register to attend, visit www.gs1connect.org.

About GS1 US®
GS1 US, a member of GS1®, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).www.GS1US.org 

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GS1 US
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