New partnership to shake up Aussie drinks industry

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GS1 Australia and the Drinks Association have announced a new strategic partnership.

The partnership will drive industry-standards development and adoption to improve business and supply-chain efficiency in the drinks industry.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Drinks Association for the benefit of members, many of whom have membership in both organisations,” GS1 Australia Executive Director and CEO Maria Palazzolo said.

“Through this partnership, we have a much better opportunity to engage with the drinks industry to support and help strengthen supply-chain operations through the adoption of GS1 standards and services.”

New advisory group

Drinks Association CEO Georgia Lennon said: “The Drinks Association is pleased to partner with GS1 to drive industry standards and services for the betterment of our members and the industry overall.

“We’re excited to collaborate with GS1 on the development of innovative solutions and support our members to create business efficiencies.”

Under the new partnership, a National Product Catalogue Advisory Group will form in late 2018. One of its key objectives will be improving the quality of shared product data across the drinks sector.

The alliance will also develop new services, as well as embed existing services more fully into the drinks supply chain. The aim is to streamline the identification and movement of goods for the benefit of all stakeholders.

As far as possible, GS1 Australia and the Drinks Association say, this partnership will collaborate with industry. Its goals are to enhance inventory accuracy and visibility, improve digital capability, leverage new technologies, and support regulatory compliance.