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GS1 Canada, a not-for-profit association supporting the development of global standards for electronic business and supply chain processes, was awarded top honors for supply chain excellence earlier this month during the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association/UConnect Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.
"Recognition in this category is particularly gratifying," said N. Arthur Smith, president and c.e.o., GS1 Canada. "Standards have the potential to revolutionize the healthcare system; improving the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of healthcare operations."
Judges recognized GS1 Canada for its progress in facilitating electronic supply chain management in the pharmaceutical industry.
The creation and use of non-proprietary, global standards and processes enable data synchronization through ECCnet Registry, Canada's national product registry. This registry ensures that all business partners in the supply chain have access to accurate information to support business processes, expand trade and traceability of products and improve the efficiency of the supply chain. Expanding beyond front store products, ECCnet Registry now includes more than 10,000 over the counter, 11,000 prescription and 500 behind the counter products.
The VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Awards honor organizations whose strategic thinking, leadership, and implementation of GS1 global standards and VICS collaborative commerce guidelines have resulted in more effective supply chain practices and partnerships. Winners were decided by the VICS board of directors, which is composed of industry executives and leaders.
GS1 Canada was also selected as a finalist in the Supply Chain Excellence category for the creation of Item Centre, the next generation of ECCnet Registry. The Item Centre removes all paper from the listing process and provides efficiencies throughout the supply chain, enabling trading partners to manage all product listing data (core and proprietary), and process it in a single, workflow-based portal. The organization was also nominated as a finalist in this category in 2007.