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  1. 1. GS1 India’s e-newsletter for subscribers Standards@Work www.gs1india.org May, 2008 GS1 India is a standards-based not-for-profit organization promoted by the Ministry of Commerce and Indian Industry to spread awareness and provide guidance on adoption of global standards in Supply Chain Management by Indian Industry for the benefit of consumers, Industry, Govt. etc. This e-newsletter is meant for GS1 India subscribers. You are receiving this e-newsletter either because you are a GS1 subscriber, or have asked to be included in our mailing list, or attended a GS1 India workshop or requested information. If you do not wish to receive this e-newsletter, or have been sent this communication in error, please scroll to the bottom for information on how to unsubscribe. We respect your privacy. ========================================== CONTENTS: >> From the CEO’s desk >> Top Story: Tracking consignment movement through barcoding >> GS1 Update: News from India and Abroad  GS1 eCom implementation exceeds expectations  GS1 launches RFID Interoperability Forum  Indian exporters learn about benefits of barcoding  GS1 India quoted in Economic Times news report >> Survey: Tell us if you find this e-newsletter useful >> Alerts: Time to take action!  Subscription renewal  Take an E-learning course  Bar code implementation workshops ========================================== From the CEO’s desk ========================================== Dear Subscriber, Ensuring profitability is the key objective of running any business. As the first quarter of the new fiscal rolls on, you would have already factored in ambitious topline
  2. 2. growth and control of bottomline costs to maximize profitability and returns. GS1 standards can play a key role in helping you achieve your targets. They can help you monitor consumer sales/demand in real time and cut logistics costs across your supply chains. At GS1 India, we strive to keep you informed of the various applications and benefits of GS1 standards. We have thus devoted this issue to the important but often neglected application of barcoding consignments/ cartons for tracking & visibility of goods. Do keep sending in your suggestions to help us improve this publication. I also invite you to provide any insights on Supply Chain management issues which can be shared with entire GS1 subscriber community. Happy reading and best regards, Ravi Mathur ^TOP ========================================== Top Story: Tracking consignment movement through barcoding BY: DEBASISH CHAKRABORTY ========================================== Most of us are familiar with barcoding on consumer items. However, one of the primary benefits of barcoding -- supply chain visibility and traceability of goods/consignments -- comes only from barcoding cartons, pallets, etc. Any company that has registered with GS1 India and obtained a company prefix can use the same prefix for barcoding its cartons. In this issue, we will examine the benefits of barcoding cartons and consignments using GS1 standards, as is the international practice. Benefits of carton level barcoding  Unambiguous, uniform and universal identification of cartons throughout the supply chain  Facilitates FIFO, returnables management, damaged carton reporting, handling MRP, etc.  Automatic data capture within micro-seconds and with 100% accuracy  When used with appropriate symbology, the barcode can encode a large amount of data  An obvious benefit of barcoding cartons is it eliminates need to open cartons to find out what the carton holds. GTIN-14: Numbering structure for cartons Just as GTIN-13 (Global Trade Item Number) is used to identify an SKU, GTIN-14 is used to identify a carton. GTIN-14 also helps to ascertain the number of items inside the carton through its first digit, known as its Packaging Indicator. The structure of GTIN -14 is shown below:
  3. 3. GTIN-14 N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 N6 N7 N8 N9 N10 N11 N12 N13 N14 structure Packaging GS1 Prefix Item Id Check Digit Indicator You would be familiar with the concepts of GS1 prefix, item id and check digit, as they are similar to those of GTIN-13 used in numbering individual consumer items. The Packaging Indicator, however, is a new concept. Let us study this in some more detail: As shown in the diagram above, the first digit of a GTIN-14 is referred to as the Packaging Indicator. It is assigned by the Company that is generating the GTIN-14. The packaging indicator can have values from 0 to 9. The following GS1 guidelines must be borne in mind while assigning the packaging indicator: Digit 0: Used to identify cartons containing heterogeneous products in standardised packaging. In other words, ‘0’ is used as a packaging indicator for cartons that hold more than one type of consumer items. Suppose, a carton contains 5 cans of milk powder, 8 of baked beans and 12 of drinking chocolate, we will use ‘0’ as a packaging identifier. An important point to be noted is that whenever ‘0’ is used as a packaging indicator, a different item ID has to be created to identify the carton. In the above case, the new item ID will identify the composition (i.e. 5 cans of milk powder, 8 of baked beans and 12 of drinking chocolate). The same item ID has to be used on all cartons having the same composition of SKUs. If there is any change in the composition, a new item ID has to be created. The process of creating an item ID used in a carton with ‘0’ as packaging indicator is exactly the same as for a consumer item. Finally, the check digit has to be calculated on the basis of the preceding 13 digits. Digits 1 to 8: Can be used to identify 8 different carton sizes containing homogeneous products in standardised packaging. For example, one could assign packaging indicator 1 to signify a carton that contains 6 cans of milk powder each of 1kg wt. Similarly, packaging indicator 2 may signify a carton of 12 cans of the same product, and so on. In this case, the item ID will be the same as that of the product. The final check digit has to be calculated on the basis of the preceding 13 digits. Digit 9: Used to identify cartons containing variable measure items. A variable measure item has at least one characteristic that varies whilst other characteristics remain the same. The variable characteristic may be weight, dimension, number of items contained, or volume information. Meat, fresh produce like cheese, cloth, etc. are examples of variable measure items. Cartons containing such items are identified by packaging indicator 9.
  4. 4. Barcoding on containers SSCC is the GS1 Identification Key for an item of any composition established for transport and/or storage which needs to be managed through the supply chain. SSCC ensures that logistic units are identified with a number that is unique worldwide. SSCC uses a GS128 symbology, which can encode a large amount of information. However, SSCC is the only mandatory field of the label. SSCC individually identifies the logistic unit to which it is applied for the lifetime of that unit. It is the global standard for container/pallet identification. GS128 symbology GS1-128 uses Application Identifiers and can encode a wide range of information, like Item identification, Dates (Expiry/Mfg/Packaging, etc.), Batch No., Location No., Trade quantities and measures, etc. Application Identifiers are a global data dictionary for bar codes. These are extensively defined and reliably interpreted. More information on Application Identifiers is available at: http://www.gs1.org/productssolutions/barcodes/technical/application_identifiers.html ^TOP ========================================== GS1 Update ========================================== International News GS1 eCom implementation exceeds expectations Over 1 lakh companies across the world have adopted GS1 eCom standards, which allow rapid, efficient, accurate and automatic electronic transmission of agreed business data between trading partners. This has been revealed by the recently published eCom Standards in the GS1 Community 2007 report. Geographically, eCom implementation spreads over all continents, with the lowest coverage in Africa. Significantly, the use of GS1 XML standard has grown significantly last year, breaking the level of 10,000 companies. Read report overview: http://www.gs1.org/docs/ecom/eCom_Implementation_2007_Overview.pdf Read full report: http://www.gs1.org/docs/ecom/eCom_Standards_in_the_GS1_Community_2007.pdf More about GS1 eCom: http://www.gs1.org/productssolutions/ecom/
  5. 5. ^TOP GS1 launches RFID Interoperability Forum GS1 has partnered with ETSI and CEN two other major standards organisations to launch the Global RFID Interoperability Forum for Standards (GRIFS), a support action project funded by the European Union. It aims to improve collaboration and maximise the global interoperability of RFID standards. More details: http://www.grifs-project.eu/ ^TOP National News Indian exporters learn about benefits of barcoding Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) organised a seminar on Improving Marketability through Quality Packaging & Barcoding at Niryat Bhavan, New Delhi. Over 25 leading exporters attended the seminar, which was held on April 2, 2008. GS1 India was invited to address the audience and explain the benefits of barcoding for exporters. Representatives the Indian Institute of Packaging and FIEO also addressed the gathering. ^TOP GS1 India quoted in Economic Times news report The Economic Times has published a news report titled “Future Group, Cisco in tie-up talks for retail RFID project”. The report discusses Future Group's plans to implement RFID. The move is significant, as this will be the largest RFID implementation mandate in Asia, says the report. Commenting on the move, GS1 CEO Ravi Mathur was quoted as saying: “RFID increases efficiency levels as it offers complete visibility in the supply chain and will be very effective in decision making or dealing with goods that age or perish.” Read full report: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Future_Group_Cisco_in_tie- up_talks_for_retail_RFID_project_/articleshow/2896457.cms ^TOP ========================================== Survey ========================================== Please spare a few minutes to answer the following questions. You can copy and paste the questions below on your email, and key in your answers. Kindly email your replies to info@gs1india.org The subject line can be marked “survey replies”. 1. Do you find GS1 India’s e-newsletter useful? Yes/No 2. If yes, what topics are of interest for you?
  6. 6. 3. What topic(s) would you like us to cover in our future issues? 4. Would it interest other functions in your organisation? 5. If yes, please provide their email addresses. ^TOP ========================================== Alert ========================================== Subscription Renewal The renewal of your GS1 India subscription was due on March 31, 08. You are requested to kindly send in the Subscription Fee in case it has not been sent already. If you do not look after subscription renewals, please pass on this message to the person concerned in your organisation. For more information or clarifications, please write to vinay@gs1india.org ^TOP Take an E-learning course If you're involved in using GS1 standards, including 13-digit GS1 product coding on consumer items, designing and/or printing labels and packaging or you want to know how you can benefit by adopting GS1 Standards, then GS1’s e-learning courses are for you. You can now e-learn from the comfort of your home or office, and at your own time & pace. Our world class multi-media learning material is easy to understand and apply. You can also take online tests to check your understanding. The courses will be of interest to professionals engaged in packaging, logistics, procurement, IT, etc. For more information, email info@gs1india.org ^TOP Events: Bar code implementation workshops Bar code implementation workshops are held at GS1 India’s New Delhi Office on every Thursday. Seats are limited, and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are no charges. To register, email mukesh@gs1india.org Register early to avoid last-minute rush. View workshop schedule: http://gs1india.org/serv/IWS.htm ========================================== GS1: The global language of business ========================================== © 2008 GS1 India 330, 2nd Floor, ‘C’ Wing, August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110066 Telephone: +91-11-26168720/721 Fax: +91-11-26168730 Web site: www.gs1india.org ==========================================
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