12:30 – 13:45Lunch13:45 – 14:45Opening Plenary: It all started in Greece…
Join the opening plenary for the Regional Forum 2023. Greece is the cradle for European civilization. What a great location to focus on the future trends of our ever changing world! GS1 can make significant contributions to and influence trends like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and consumer behaviour by providing standardized product identification and data sharing systems. By implementing GS1 standards, companies can ensure accurate and consistent product information, enabling AI algorithms to analyse and understand consumer preferences and behaviours more effectively with environmental consciousness. Get inspired to start the week with a big bang!Speaker(s): Nick Lansley14:45 – 15:00Short Break15:00 – 15:45Masterclass: GTIN modernisation
Bundles, non-branded, non-new products. Just some terms that have been worked on by the GTIN modernisation mission specific working group. Join this masterclass and learn all what you need to know on the GTIN management modernisation, the new rules and guidance on driving adoption by marketplaces.Masterclass: GS1 data structures
What is web vocabulary? How does it relate to the GDM and GDSN? What’s happening on data models for EPCIS? How do all these data models come together within the GS1 environment? Are these data structures interoperable? A first insight in the differences and you will learn on high level how it works and where you can find more information.Masterclass: GRP DATA PROTECTION POLICY
This workshop aims to help MOs comply with the GS1 Global Data Protection Policy by exchanging best practices, collaborating on how to efficiently identify Personal Information, implement cybersecurity measures, etc. Join this session to learn more on the Policy and to get the right guidance and exchanges with your peers.15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break16:15 – 17:45Workshop: How green is your label?
By showing the bigger policy picture, this session is meant to show how many pieces of legislation intervene today on a labelling and how many changes will be needed. Several supply chains have been driving the change for digital and greener labelling, like the food one, but today this is a cross-sectoral dimension involving all consumers goods.Workshop: Constructing the building life cycle
Through a series of use cases the construction life cycle will be created and explained:
– Design: How BIM (Building Information Models) are used to design buildings and how GS1 standards can support.
– Manufacturing: With made to order this sector has a unique way of working. But what is is exactly?
– Use and maintenance: When built, the asset management starts to maintain the buildings. How could this work?
– Deconstruction: When buildings are end of life, how can sustainable waste management be ensured?
Join and find out all about this emerging sector managed by the centre of excellence construction.Speaker(s): Lars FredenlundMO Focus Session: How to retain member companies
The GS1 member landscape is evolving with the surge of ecommerce and online sales. More and more companies are joining GS1 because they want to sell products online. These companies have different needs from GS1 than they used to. They are more volatile and aren’t represented in user groups or boards. How can we as GS1 service these ultra-small enterprises and retain them as members of GS1? This will be the main topic during this workshop.
09:00 – 10:30Workshop: B2B2C working group
B2B2C is a long-standing working group of GS1 in Europe where master data experts from MOs gather to harmonise GDSN implementation in Europe. This year, the work has been focused mainly on sharing packaging information via GDSN. Come to hear more and contribute!Workshop: Marketplaces – Understanding and resolving issues
By understanding what can go wrong and how to help your members resolve their issues! Across our MO support desks we help our members when they’ve been unsuccessful is resolving their issues directly with a marketplace. Amazon has set the standard for listings, and many have copied this seller journey. A deeper understanding of these issues will equip you and your support teams to better serve your members. This workshop will unpack the issues and share insights on how to resolve these.MO Focus Session: MO Strategy
Two central questions will be answered in this session:
• How can you adopt the GS1 in Europe strategy locally on MO level?
• Why do some MOs focus only on core services, while others offer value added services
Get the insights from leaders, ask questions, discuss. But be aware of the GS1 competition law caution.
Also there will be a masterclass on how to set strategies. Not only focusing on company level but also on projects and other activities.10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break11:00 – 12:30Workshop: The ABC of Data Excellence
During this workshop we will align on the data excellence topics, in a business oriented collaboration. The focus topics are the future if data exchange, improvement of data quality, a data vision of new regulatory needs and how to work in this regionally. It will be a follow up on the Data Excellence Day, the industry event held in September. Join us and continue to pave the way towards the future.Workshop: Rail – balancing between local, regional and global itineraries
You will gain an insight into how the Centre of Excellence Rail works at local, regional and global level and how each level benefits from the other. We will also integrate use cases to show how we cover the lifecycle process of objects in this industry, using the full GS1 portfolio for identification, capture and sharing.MO Focus Session: HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST UNAUTHORISED RESELLERS
With the online ecommerce market, GTINs have almost become a commodity. What is happening with the use of our GS1 identifiers? How are GTINs used? How do “GTIN hijackers” operate? Who are the known unauthorised resellers and what can we do against them? Join the workshop and work with the other GS1 MOs to fight this battle together.12:30 – 13:45Lunch13:45 – 14:45Plenary: Future of Ecommerce
Ecommerce is evolving rapidly. As more brands launch their direct-2-consumer websites and marketplaces become more niche focusing on particular product categories, social and live commerce is challenging all to think outside the box when it comes to engaging consumers. During this plenary session you will learn about the future of ecommerce and hear from experts on how social media and newer technologies such as Artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming retail through purchasing recommendations, voice-enabled shopping assistants, personalized shopping experiences, robotic warehouse pickers, facial recognition payment methods, anti-counterfeit tools and more. Hear from a marketplace, Fruugo, a platform provider, Onport and a marketing communications agency, Flightstory on the next iteration for retail ecommerce.Speaker(s): Phil BookerFrancisco CamposTom Lindfalk14:45 – 15:00Short Break15:00 – 17:45GS1 in Europe Board meeting (by invitation only)
This Board meeting is open to GS1 CEOs only. We will give an update all on the latest European achievements and will discuss the objectives and focus for next year (by invitation only)Flash Walks
Building on the success of last year’s Flash Walks in Amsterdam, we are thrilled to announce that we will be organizing them again this year in various locations across Athens. Flash Walks combine GS1 presentations with team-building activities and sightseeing, creating an engaging and enjoyable experience for all participants. It was one of the highest-rated sessions during the previous event, and we are confident that this year’s Flash Walks will be equally exciting.
During the Flash Walks, your colleagues will have the unique opportunity to learn from GS1 Member Organizations (MOs) while exploring the vibrant city of Athens. These walks will offer a dynamic blend of knowledge sharing, networking, and discovering the rich cultural heritage of Athens. As they walk through the city, they will engage with MO representatives, exchange ideas, and deepen their understanding of GS1 standards and initiatives.
Wave 1 and our continuous journey with GLN management. Our experience with wave 1, building an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and our continuous development with UX and function – based on insights. What´s cooking at IKEA? Get a short update of the ongoing journey, where IKEA is embracing GS1 standards in the value chain. Learn how GS1 Sweden is taking our Corporate Relationship role to the next level and what that means for all GS1 MOs. No More Wind, Only More Wine! Explore Solutions and Services Offered by GS1 France to Assist the Wine Industry in Complying with New Wine Labelling Regulations. As many of us know, the new regulations concerning wine bottle labelling will come into effect on December 8, 2023. From that date on, all wines sold in Europe must include disclosure of ingredients, allergens, energy, and nutrition information, according to Regulation (EU) 2021/2117. These changes will impact wine producers, importers, and distributors operating in the European Union.
Join us to discover how GS1 France is assisting the entire alcoholic beverage ecosystem in France, from international companies to SMEs, through solution provider partners and associations, to fulfil these new legal requirements. Explore new consumer experiences and scan French wine e-labels with QR Codes powered by GS1!
Barcode for the environment! GS1 standards to improve consumer engagement Consumers demand accurate, complete and easily understandable information about packaging and product’s environmental performance. Without this information, the consumers can not fully understand the impact and risk to the environment.
What are the main challenges to correctly communicating a product’s sustainability performance, taking into consideration the normative context? Thanks to GS1 standards (GS1 Digital link) it’s easier!“Barcode for the environment” is the GS1 Italy mobile app, which helps companies improve the quality and effectiveness of communication initiatives regarding environmental performance.
eProducts – product data that inspires action During the presentation, you will learn:
– how we present the VbG service for the Polish market;
– who benefits from it;
– what challenges await GRP in the near future.
Strong Foundations – GS1 identifiers in BIM • Because we are in Athens, I would like to present something that is related to Greece and GS1.
• The idea is to explain the role of integers in Ancient Greece, making reference to Pythagoras and the validity of his theories that are still applicable in the digital age.
• He believed that everything could be reduced to numbers. Moreover, that things “are” numbers or “resembled” numbers, and that things are measurable and commensurable or proportional in terms of number.
• GTIN per se is a “global unique identification number” that can be assigned to an object into a BIM model and then a physical version of the same is manufacturedwhich we call a digital twin. They can be resemblant, measurable and commensurable.
• Therefore, the idea is to create a parallel with Pythagoras’ thinking and how the same principle can be applied in a digital era, with GS1 standards as a strong foundation for identification and procurement within BIM processes.
HellasTrace: Building resilient brands through TRUST Ancient Greeks acknowledged trust as an imperative merit and built on this, as well their epic feats and their monumental scientific, cultural, architectural and philosophical achievements. Nowadays, for modern businesses, building and maintaining trust with their consumers is not only a “corporate Odyssey”, but also a competitive advantage of the highest importance. Walking through the streets of the ancient world’s cradle, the birthplace of modern Western world, we will revisit the “trust” approach by discussing the process of how companies can inculcate it in their brands using EPCIS standard and showing live how Greek (and not only!) consumers can enjoy it through the HellasTrace traceability tool! Member Area: A new way for supporting each member as a VIP! Establishing a members’ area has created a whole new level of customer service, working as a two-way communication channel between the companies and our MO, aiming to become the single point to ask and get support. From GTIN and GLN allocation, barcode and pallet label creation, to ticketing management and product uploading to ‘Verified by GS1’, our members’ area helps companies getthe job done easily and accurately, treating each one as the VIP they are! Join us as we tell you what led to this initiative, the difficulties we faced, the platform’s main capabilities, the advantages for users (both companies and our employees!), the challenges we have to overcome and what we’re working on next. GS1 SMART-Box – changing the game in the sustainable supply chain Learn all about the innovative and reusable transport box to increase efficiency and sustainability in logistic processes GTINspector What is GTINspector? A lightweight app for our staff to scan a barcode and verify if
1) the GTIN is known in Verified by GS1 and
2) known to our MO, still active and the correct brand owner. We have identified a many cases of misuse, while actively engaging our staff. Whoever finds the most “invalid” GTINs in a month, gets a prize!
Shaping the Future: 2D Codes in the Spanish Market We will go through the evolution of the 2D barcodes in Spain and present two use cases and a service that are already on the market. Get your smartphones ready and let’s scan! GLN’s are going Dutch GS1 Netherlands shares its experiences with its local GLN registry. What is a success, but also what mistakes we have made. This is your opportunity to learn but also ask questions. Enable a label GS1 Print: Free online solution for creating labels for trade items and logistic units (using the SSCC and GS1-128 barcode).
Get ready to embark on a journey of knowledge and exploration!19:30 – 00:00Dinner hosted by GS1 Association Greece
09:00 – 10:30Workshop: Maximise your upstream engagement in agriculture
During this session we will go from stakeholder engagement to actual actions at local MO’s. How are you going to engage with your local stakeholders, industry, branches and other sector organisations for this potentially huge emerging market for GS1. European alignment and collaboration are needed if we want to succeed in this upstream segment of the food chain. You will learn all about the value propositions that are out there and will receive insights on how to connect better with your local business.Workshop: Healthcare in Europe
GS1 standards are used for the unique identification of every product, every person and every place, to enable end-to-end traceability from manufacturer to patient. Together with data sharing, it gives a lot of opportunities to make processes more efficient. During this workshop you will be updated on what is going on in healthcare, share some use cases to learn from and share the latest of the healthcare conference and developments on UDI and on the extended collaboration of healthcare organisations (ECHO) with regards to data exchange and industry engagement.
Please note that there will be an off-program working session on ECHO as well.Speaker(s): Marc van den CampCEO session with the Global Office Leadership Team (by invitation only)
This session will allow to discuss global topics and is open to the GO Leadership Team, the GS1 in Europe CEOs and their C-level executives (by invitation only)10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break11:00 – 12:30Workshop: Delivering our Path to Progress: A DPP Workshop
The Business Requirements Analysis Document (BRAD) for the identification workstream of the MSWG for circularity will have been delivered – You will receive an update from the results! Next step, focusing on the standards that need to be created, adapted and adjusted – You will receive the overview! We are engaging with industry on a regional level and on a local level. What are the sectors and product categories that will start working on the DPP? How can we align and support from a European level – You will receive the latest updates!Workshop: Logistics – what else?
As part of the session, a summary of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum’s (DTLF) work on preparing the eFTI regulation will be presented, which will be implemented in all European countries from 2024 onwards. Additionally, the concept of the Internet of Logistics and the most interesting projects related to the implementation of e-delivery, eCMR and S4T standard will be showcased by MOs. Finally, the progress of UPU’s (Universal Postal Union) new open approach towards collaboration with logistics providers for e-commerce will be presented.Speaker(s): Marc van den CampMO Focus Session: Integrating GS1 Standards for ESG Reporting: Enhancing Sustainability Disclosure
Join our workshop session to explore how GS1 standards can be leveraged to report on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. We will discuss the integration of standardized data elements and frameworks, enabling organizations to enhance their sustainability disclosure practices. Learn how to align ESG reporting requirements with relevant GS1 standards such as GTIN, GLN, and GPC. Discover how to capture, exchange, and ensure the accuracy of ESG data using GS1 standards. Gain insights into generating ESG reports that comply with established frameworks like GRI, SASB, and TCFD. This workshop aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to streamline ESG reporting using GS1 standards and foster transparent communication with stakeholders.12:30 – 13:45Lunch13:45 – 14:45Plenary: Unpacking Sustainability – the role of GS1 in shaping a greener future
In a world facing climate change and environmental degradation, sustainability is our guiding light. The digital product passport is a transformative solution, empowering consumers with information on a product’s lifecycle and environmental impact and holding industry accountable for its practices. Embracing circularity breaks free from waste and excessive consumption. With mounting challenges of plastic pollution and packaging waste, the urgency to act now is clear. We must unite, embrace innovation, and forge a path towards a sustainable future. The time for change is upon us, and the possibilities for a better world are within reach.Speaker(s): Bohdan LamonElodie Özen14:45 – 15:00Short Break15:00 – 15:45Masterclass: Are you ready for 2D & GS1 Digital Link?
A one stop shop session on : How does 2D and GS1 Digital Link work. How can MOs engage their members and what they need to know on the technical level , what are the latest standards guidance for 2D barcodes and the latest printing and scanning advances to support 2D barcode pilots and implementations.Masterclass: Transparency versus traceability
During this masterclass you will learn the difference between transparency and traceability. You will also learn GS1 standards can be implemented all the way (from identification to certification). After this class you will see the importance of it and will be able to explain it to your industry members and position our standards.Masterclass: GPC and other product classifications
Join our masterclass on Global Product Classification (GPC) to know more on what GPC is about , its benefits to Industry , what tools do we have to support Industries , the GPC browser 2.0 and the new GPC tool and how can GPC modernisation can help companies to have a global view on their content? We will also focus on how to connect or be interoperable with other product classifications such as ETIM, UNSPSC, Harmonized System (HS) codes and NACE.15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break16:15 – 17:45Workshop: Wrap up the package
Packaging and waste management are a priority for GS1 in Europe. Mainly because of the PPWR regulation (issued by the European Commission), but also because it is a global trend for us all, as consumers, to be more focused on our environmental footprint. The European project has started half a year ago and is focusing on the one side on the identification and data model at one side and secondly on best practices on deposit return schemes throughout the region. Join this session, together with industry, to get updated on the project and to discuss future steps on how we can make a difference and to support the industry in this important packaging challenge.Workshop: Fresh, sustainable & tasty
Catch up with the new developments in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Sector.
Learn about the new regulations on traceability in the US and how GS1 is responding to the needs.
Inform yourself about the newest developments on sustainability & traceability.Speaker(s): Julie McGillMO Focus Session: Solutions – Standards – Sectors
How can we as GS1 in Europe collaborate on solution providers and solution provider programmes. How are the MOs organised now, what can we do to learn from each other and what can be done to improve visibility of solutions and services that are complying with GS1 standards? Through a series of MO presentations and interactive discussions we will create a joint approach for collaboration.
This workshop is intended for GS1 colleagues that are actively collaborating with solution providers. It will focus on all sectors and standards.19:30 – 00:00Networking Dinner
09:00 – 10:30Workshop: Follow the Cash!
More cash has been put into circulation in the EURO-Zone than ever before – and on the other hand, cash is declining as a means of payment. This challenge can be mastered through the increased use of GS1 standards throughout the cash logistics cycle.
Together with European Central Bank members, we will be discussing new concepts and best practice implementations to achieve the best possible eficiency in cash handling.Speaker(s): Klaus Keyvan DargahiWorkshop: GS1 Registries are ready, are you?
The foundational registries originally envisioned in the Singapore Resolution – Licence, GTIN, GLN and Links – are in place thanks to the latest addition of the GLN Registry. Steps are in place for ensuring the GS1 Registry Platform and local MO services are in compliance with the GS1 Registry Data Protection Policy (GDPP) and this year, GS1 customers will smoothly transition from using GEPIR to using services powered by data from the GS1 Registry Platform.
Join this session to learn about the:
• Holistic registries offer: Licences, GTINs, GLNs and Links Holistic registries offer and how they all work together
• Importance of the global GLN Registry, as part of the holistic registries offer, and the steps your MO needs to achieve Activate-grade for your local GLN Registry
• Actions your MO needs to take to support GDPP compliance and GEPIR transitionMO Focus Session: 1+1=n. Creating value for MOs by collaborating on concept centers
Building a European Concept Centre network means creating value for every concept centre and for the related MOs, a value that’s not possible to provide for, individually. It’s not about flattening the contents and making all the centres identical, but it’s about leveraging the differences to integrate content and generating new ones together! Let’s do it together!10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break11:00 – 12:30Workshop: Alcoholic beverages: e-label? Check! Another round?
We can help industries and our members to comply with the new (legal) requirements on sharing consumer information through e-label thanks to GS1 standards. We are almost at the end of the project and this will be the last big event to find answers to your questions. How we are going to support our MOs to connect their local industries in the future? Will this group turn into an industry engagement group? Are there any spin off topics? And many more! If you are curious about the answers of these questions and have question marks on your mind join us and learn more!Workshop: Bringing the ‘Right’ Data to the Registries
How MOs can leverage GS1’s Retailer Active Catalogues to work with Brand Owners and ensure accurate data on GS1 Registries and Global Data Models (GDM). In this session, we will explore important topics such as Verified by GS1, GDM, GPC (Global Product Classification), and Data Quality.
This joint session will provide valuable insights into the ongoing collaboration between Industry, GS1 Italy and GO, highlighting the progress we have made in adopting a focused approach across multiple services. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments, and best practices in data managementWorkshop: MO Marketing and Communication Strategies
During this session, we will be sharing valuable insights within our European community regarding the diverse goals, objectives, and strategies related to marketing and communication in our Member Organisations (MOs). Stay tuned for more information and updates on this topic.12:30 – 13:45Lunch13:45 – 14:45Closing Plenary: Unleashing the power of GS1
As we draw to a close on this week of immersive learning and best practice sharing, we stand at the precipice of a future brimming with possibilities. The journey has been enlightening, showcasing the transformative power of identification and data sharing. Looking forward, let’s envision a world where sustainability, product and patient safety and digital efficiency are woven into the fabric of supply chains. By harnessing the potential of GS1 standards, we can drive positive change in the next 50 years, creating a more resilient and harmonious relationship between commerce and our planet. But first let’s enjoy a well-deserved Greekend!Speaker(s): Riccardo GiovannottiLars FredenlundCaroline Beecham
Director and Innovation Insider
Lansley Consultancy Limited
Anne Birk Mortensen
Adviser, product policy & sustainability
Group CEO & Co-Founder
Head of Partnerships
Marc van den Camp
Product Master Data Domain Champion
Sustainability – EY
Adviser for Societal challenges
European Commission, DG CONNECT
VP Supply Chain Strategy & Insights
Klaus Keyvan Dargahi
smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG
Commercial & Distribution Director UK & Ireland
GS1 in Europe Regional Forum
Join us in Greece for the highly anticipated GS1 in Europe Regional Forum in Athens. This four-day event brings together European GS1 member organisations (MOs) to collaborate and discuss common issues. The forum plays a vital role in tackling regional challenges and fostering cooperation among the 49 European GS1 Member Organisations.
The event is primarily targeted towards GS1 in Europe MOs both in-person and online. Non-EU MOs are invited to participate online only.
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