Barcode expert GS1 Australia will offer printers mates rates on its support services through the PIAA’s Better Business Group. Through the partnership members will be able to access barcode requirement advice and services to reduce errors, rejections and reprints.
GS1, which stands for Global Standards One, says its identification system and supply chain standard is used by two million companies in more than 150 countries to identify, capture and share information about products, cartons, pallets, documents, locations and assets – with more than six billion barcode beeps a day. GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit group specialising in supporting businesses to work smarter, more cost effective and efficient with the GS1 system. GS1 will host a webinar on August 13 to outline the business opportunities in barcoding and its services; including access to its Barcode Express ordering system, testing to ensure compliance, training on GS1 requirements, a check digit calculator and advice on supply chain management. Joe Kowalewski of the PIAA says the GS1 System is used by more than a million companies in virtually every sector of the global economy, and Australian printers also stand to benefit.
GS1’s GoScan app allows consumers to set up alerts based on allergens and dietary requirements. It can also provide information on how to prepare and store the product, and the country of origin
He says, “Research has shown that some 22 per cent of items tested do not meet specification. That can lead to costly reprints, time lost and client dissatisfaction. “Printers may not always be given correct specifications or have a full understanding of what is required to create authentic and quality barcodes.”
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