SCAN 2.0 Issue 1

We're pleased to bring you SCAN 2.0, our new digital publication for GS1 New Zealand members. This is a reimagining of our previous print version, now in an easily accessible online format.

This issue of SCAN 2.0 begins with an update for the food and grocery sector and takes a look at the latest global developments at GS1, a GS1 NZ member spotlight, the benefits of 2D barcodes, and an introduction to the New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group.

We hope you find it a good read.

Peter Stevens,
CEO, GS1 New Zealand

Food and grocery sector news: Product digital twins must be identical

Most food and grocery products have a digital twin these days – and it must be an identical twin. That imperative has come increasingly to the fore over the past year, especially since the tightening of labelling rules in relation to food allergens.

Healthcare sector news: GS1 highlights health system improvement opportunities to the Covid-19 Royal Commission

Never waste a good crisis is the old saying. New Zealand certainly should not when it comes to examination of how Covid-19 exposed short-comings in digital data capture and sharing within the health system – and GS1 is uniquely equipped to assist that examination.

Agribusiness sector news: Farmers, growers called to produce digital information as well as food and fibre

Food and fibre production are critical export earners for New Zealand – and digital information about what, where and how it is being produced is critical if we are to maintain and grow export earnings into the future. 

Building and construction sector news: NZ needs an information ecosystem for faster, lower cost house building

Digital data on building products and systems can lead to faster, lower cost construction of high-quality housing. New Zealand could put digital data to work to help tackle our current housing crisis.

Embracing change: the benefits of piloting 2D barcode implementation

What are the benefits of 2D barcodes, and how can New Zealand businesses begin piloting implementation of this new technology?

Global update: How the GS1 specifications have changed in 2024

We share what some of the changes to GS1 specifications have been in 2024 so far, and what these mean for New Zealand businesses.

Member spotlight: Tui Balms

This year marks 40 years of business for Tui Balms. When they joined GS1 New Zealand as a member in 2002, they had just finished their purpose built premises which took them from a community cottage kitchen to a facility with specialised equipment. 

Introducing The New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group

There’s a growing community of RFID experts in New Zealand. These industry experts and enthusiasts are driving the adoption of RFID in New Zealand and they want you to join them!