Coca-Cola North America, Dot Foods, REI CO-OP, Target, Tegu and Upper Lakes Foods Recognized with GS1 US Excellence Awards
Ken Traub Posthumously Honored with Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award


LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ and LAS VEGAS, NV – June 21, 2017 – GS1 US® has recognized six companies with GS1 US Excellence Awards for their achievements in implementing GS1 Standards to transform business processes and drive innovation during a ceremony at the GS1 Connect® conference on June 20, 2017 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Ken Traub, a technology visionary who made significant contributions to the development of the world’s most widely used supply chain standards.

GS1 US Excellence Awards
The companies honored have demonstrated strategic vision and produced positive results in community engagement, customer satisfaction and/or process improvement in three distinct categories:

GS1 US Innovation Award: Coca-Cola North America and REI CO-OP
The Innovation Award honors companies for their transformative use of the GS1 System of Standards to bring about an enhanced experience for businesses and customers.

GS1 US Operational Excellence Award: Dot Foods and Target
The Operational Excellence Award recognizes companies who successfully applied GS1 Standards to improve business processes, operations, industry collaboration and/or the consumer experience.

GS1 US Small/Mid-Sized Business Excellence Award: Tegu and Upper Lakes Foods
The Small/Mid-Sized Business Excellence Award highlights GS1 Standards implementation stories from small and mid-sized companies, and how standards helped drive their businesses forward.

“These companies exemplify the innovation, efficiency and collaboration needed to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive business environment,” said Bob Carpenter, president and CEO, GS1 US. “Their creative use of GS1 Standards to solve emerging challenges and bolster company goals are to be commended.”

Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award
Ken Traub, an expert in computer engineering and an advisor to GS1 US and GS1® global for more than 15 years, was posthumously honored with the Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award. Over the course of his prolific 30 year career, Mr. Traub spearheaded numerous efforts to advance GS1 Standards around the world and developed many GS1 US solutions. He was the lead editor and major contributor to the design and development of Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled RFID, the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®), Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS), and the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), which is the consensus-driven process by which standards are created. Mr. Traub’s achievements transformed how standards are applied and leveraged in the global marketplace. Described by his peers as having an intellectual curiosity about everything from mathematics to physics, Mr. Traub had also been developing thought-leading content about emerging technologies such as blockchain and the Internet of Things.

“The GS1 community is unanimous in recognizing Ken’s many accomplishments and intellect. Ken contributed a respected and strategic perspective that laid crucial groundwork for innovation in healthcare, retail, grocery, foodservice and many other industries. We honor him as a driving force whose leadership, guidance and vision left an indelible impression on us all,” said Carpenter.

The Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding innovation and leadership in the application of GS1 Standards and industry best practices to improve supply chain collaboration. Roger Milliken was known for being a catalyst for transformational best business practices across multiple industries. Among his many achievements, Milliken revolutionized the design of the textile plant, transformed how businesses controlled their inventories, supported energy efficiency well before the green manufacturing movement, and developed quality initiatives that set the standard for modern-day operational excellence. The award program continues in his memory.

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About GS1 US
GS1 US®, a member of GS1® global, is a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, the most widely-used supply chain standards system in the world. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration that optimizes their supply chains, drives cost performance and revenue growth while also enabling regulatory compliance. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). www.gs1us.org