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Getting the Best Out of Logistics Labels - GS1 Australia

Getting the Best Out of Logistics Labels - GS1 Australia

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Disclaimer Every possible effort has been made to ensure that the information and specifications in this document are correct, however GS1 Australia and members of ECR Australasia expressly disclaim liability for any errors. In addition, no warranty or representation is made that this document will not require modification due to developments in technology or changes or additions to the GS1 system. Executive Summary Major retailers have identified incorrect logistic unit (pallet) labelling as a major emerging supply chain issue. A recent sample audit found that approximately 44% of pallet labels are not meeting agreed upon industry requirements. The issues they face include: • No label has been applied • Label is in the wrong location • Information on the label does not match what is on the pallet • Multiple labels with different Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCC) been applied • Pallet label will not scan • Stretch-wrap has been applied over the pallet label so it doesn’t scan The following information contains guidelines and general information on how to create and apply good quality logistic (pallet) labels as per the standard requirements of the Australian Grocery and Liquor Industry. As the Australian Grocery and Liquor Industry adopts the key principles of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) there is increased demand for high quality data capture at all points in the supply chain. Although the industry has been numbering and bar coding trade items for a number of years, the biggest emerging problem in the supply chain is logistic unit labeling. With the migration to more and more automated scanning in warehouses and distribution centres, it is imperative that suppliers and their logistics providers ensure 100% scannability of all bar codes which will bring mutual benefits to all trading partners. Printing and applying a good quality bar code label that complies to industry standards and which is scannable by all trading partners’ costs no more than printing and applying a bar code label that doesn’t scan. This document and its recommendation should be read in conjunction with other GS1 Australia technical guidelines as well as retailer specific documentation all of which can be accessed and downloaded from their respective websites (refer section 10 on where to go for further information). 2/23

Table of Contents 1. The Importance of Logistic (Pallet) Labels Retailer Perspectives 2. Logistic (Pallet) Label Requirements for the Australian Grocery & Liquor Industry 3. What can go wrong? – Common Pitfalls 4. Logistics Label Requirements 4.1 Label Size 4.2 Label Format 4.3 Label Location 4.4 Label Data and Application Identifiers 4.5 Further Information Logistic Label Examples 5. What is an Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) Allocating an SSCC 6. Logistic Label Location 7. Retailer Receival Processes 8. Manufacturer/Supplier Considerations 8.1 Pallet Label Quality Standards 8.2. Visual Checklist 8.3 Audits 8.4. Training 8.5 Use of KPIs 8.6 Third Party (3PL) Logistic Service Providers 9. Label Hardware & Software Considerations 9.1 Printers 9.2 Print Speed 9.3 Labels 9.4 Label Application Options 9.5 Environment 10. Where can I get Further Information? 11. GS1 Services 11.1 Bar Code Verification 11.2 Onsite Pallet Label Quality & Process Assessment Service 11.3 Training Services 12. Acknowledgements 3/23

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