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Welcome to GS1 Connect 2018

GS1 Connect 2018 will help you shift into the fast lane, providing an engaging blend of live educational programs, industry-specific and cross-sector conference sessions, and the Standardsville Exhibit Area. Across all formats, the content is designed to put you in the lead by showcasing the benefits of applying GS1 Standards for full supply chain visibility.    

Save three days in June to gear up for success:  

  • Discuss industry best practices
  • Collaborate to improve business processes
  • Strengthen your professional networks to drive innovation and growth

Join us for GS1 Connect 2018 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. Over fifty percent of our attendees are returning each year. 

Who should attend

Executives, Directors, and Managers in Customer Service/Relations, Data/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Finance, Information Technology, E-Commerce/eBusiness, Marketing, Materials Handling, Operations, Packaging, Pharmacy, Quality/Safety/Compliance, Supply Chain Management, and Transportation/Logistics.   

Announcing GS1 Connect 2018 Keynote Speakers


Jim McKelvey Keynote Speaker

Mel Robbins
CNN Commentator and Motivational Speaker
Wednesday, June 6
Keynote Presentation: “The 5 Second Rule – Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life ”


Mel Robbins is a sought-after motivational speaker trusted by global brands to stimulate organizational change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. She is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers and is often tapped as a motivation expert for multiple broadcast programs, including Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, and Fox News. Her TEDx Talk, which offers practical guidance for discouraging self-destructive behavior and thinking, has over 10 million views across 37 countries, and her latest book, "The 5 Second Rule”, is a business bestseller.

During her keynote address, Mel will inspire attendees to embrace innovation by avoiding key mistakes that could be holding them back. Attendees will have the tools to become agents of change to effectively move their ideas and organizations forward.


Katie Linendoll Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tricia Wang
Technology Ethnographer and Co-founder of Sudden Compass
Thursday, June 7
Keynote Presentation:  “Winning the Data Revolution”


Dr. Tricia Wang, a global tech ethnographer, is the co-founder of Sudden Compass, which helps companies achieve growth by scaling and extracting insights from data about their customers. She is a pioneer in popularizing the need for companies to integrate Big Data and what she calls, Thick Data—unquantifiable human insights. In addition to her success helping global organizations find new growth strategies, Tricia spent 20+ years researching the social evolution of the Chinese internet.

Tricia will share the importance of making customer-responsive investments in data to spot opportunity, power informed decision making and achieve organizational growth. She will provide real world examples of how companies can identify Big Data pitfalls and achieve digital transformation through exploring the human side of data.

GS1 Connect 2017 Trading Partner Roundtables

Trading Partner Roundtables

An opportunity to meet face-to-face with your trading partners in an informal setting. Discuss best practices and business processes that help drive efficiency in your shared supply chain.

See who is hosting roundtables at GS1 Connect 2018.

GS1 Connect 2017 Trading Partner Roundtables


  • Meet with over 45 Exhibitors.
  • "Ask the Experts" in 1:1 sessions
  • Visit the GS1 US Industry Zones 
  • Attend the Networking Event
  • Meet with GS1 US Member Support
  • Visit Experience Zones and Demos


GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

How to Do Business With...

These sessions give suppliers the opportunity to learn about business process requirements and initiative updates directly from their customers in these informative sessions delivered by industry leaders. Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 session lineup.

See who is hosting sessions in 2018.

GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

GS1 US University

Explore beginner to advanced pre-conference educational opportunities and post-conference certificate courses and workshops. 

View 2018 GS1 US University Offerings at GS1 Connect.

GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

Co-located Events

Make the most out of your travel budget with pre-conference industry meetings. 

View our co-located events.