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OPINION: Food quality and food safety are huge concerns in China. New Zealand businesses must share those concerns if they are to continue growing the volume and value of their food and beverages sold to the increasingly affluent Chinese public.

PHARMAC, NZ Health Partnerships and New Zealand Government Procurement from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are hosting a suppliers briefing in Auckland on Thursday, 16 March 2017. The briefing aims to provide suppliers with: an update on the direction of DHB procurement, insight and details of the transition of medical device procurement to PHARMAC, an update on the DHB National Catalogue, the Datahub services and plans for EDI, an opportunity for suppliers to ask questions of the leaders of the three agencies.

The New Zealand Business Number Act became law in April, opening the way for every business in this country to have its own NZBN. Registered companies already have them: NZBNs are now being rolled out to an estimated 500,000 unincorporated entities. Each NZBN is a Global Location Number provided by GS1.

Alibaba Group is the world’s largest online and mobile trading market, and runs various online and mobile platforms, covering Retail, Wholesale and Cloud Computing. There are 423 million active buyers on China’s retail platform of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Group, GS1 & GS1 China have announced that they will work together to standardise product information for the benefit of all supply chain participants, including consumers.

Steve Anderson has led Foodstuffs South Island through successful recovery from the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s been a tough five years but also a time of renewal and innovation. Today, Steve is leading the business into a brave new world for grocery where trusted suppliers are deep in the supply chain, customers are valued as individuals and great data is a rising imperative.

The humble barcode changed the world. Today, some 40 years after the first scan of a pack of 10 Juicy Fruit Gum in a supermarket in Ohio, U.S.A, it can be found on almost every product or package produced in the world today. The simple collection of lines printed on a piece of paper is considered by many as one of the most important inventions of the 20th Century yet most take it for granted.