LAS VEGAS — Feeding America, Chicago, said it will work with 1SYNC, the product data management division of GS1 US, to help improve the efficiency of moving donated food and grocery products to Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks.
The announcement was made here this week at the GS1 Connect Conference, sponsored by GS1 US, Lawrenceville, N.J., which oversees bar code and other standards in the U.S. 1SYNC serves as a data pool for retailers like Kroger, Wal-Mart Stores, Supervalu and others, helping them synchronize product data with CPG suppliers.
The Feeding America network will use 1SYNC data services to access product information from corporate donors, replacing current labor-intensive and low-tech supply chain and inventory processes. This will allow Feeding America to share item and price information with companies automatically.
“Distributing donated products in an efficient manner is crucial to emergency food assistance,” said Kevin Lutz, senior vice president of technology for Feeding America, in a statement. “We will be using 1SYNC’s synchronized product catalog data to enhance our supply chain efficiency, improve product information and enhance our food safety, recall and traceability.”