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Gary Lynch, CEO at GS1 UK, talks about how standards can transform the way we work and live

Gary Lynch CEO GS1 UKAs the CEO at GS1 UK I often meet with many organisations – in retail, foodservice and healthcare – where I see the great impact that GS1 standards have.

As a consumer, I see how GS1 standards can help retailers overcome the disconnect that sometimes exists between what they promise and what they can actually deliver.

And in healthcare, I really appreciate the amazing work the NHS is doing despite the enormous pressures it’s facing – costs, technology, an ageing population and more. Which is why, we’re working closely with them to implement GS1 standards – to save lives and money.

Here, you’ll read my views on how we’re helping industry improve its service delivery to customers and patients and also my insights on how we collaborate and innovate with our members.

And don’t forget, you can join me on LinkedIn and Twitter too.

Gary Lynch 



What does the future hold for standards in retail?

What does the future hold for standards in retail?

A report sets out two very different scenarios for the retail industry. One with global standards and one without

Without global standards, can the retail industry give customers what they want?

Without global standards, can the retail industry give customers what they want?

A new report looks at the role of standards in today’s world of changing consumer lifestyles and advances in digital technology

Digital protectionism – the new face of an old problem

Digital protectionism – the new face of an old problem

Why digital protectionism matters and why it could prevent a new era of global trade unless we act now

Is TRUMP good for British Business?

Does the Trump presidency provide a huge trade opportunity for the UK?

What impact the Trump presidency might have on British businesses exporting to the United States

Don’t let our exports get stuck in the station

Don’t let our exports get stuck in the station

If we want British business to succeed in exporting, it’s vital that our export goods don’t get stuck in the station

The future of exporting

The future of exporting

What the future holds for British businesses, in light of Brexit and the rise of protectionism globally

The glass is half full for British beverages

The glass is half full for British beverages

Gary comments about our recent Buying British in 2017, revealing interesting insights into the British drinks market

Union Jacks are flying off the shelves

Union Jacks are flying off the shelves

Gary looks at how leading grocery retailers are responding to consumer demand for more British products

Food waste – new industry initiatives to reduce it

Food waste – new industry initiatives to reduce it

Gary revisits the huge food waste problem looking at the steps that industry have recently taken to reduce food waste

Digital DNA

Collaborating to transform product data management for today's grocery world

Gary explains why only by working together retailers and brands will finally solve the problem of poor product data in the UK grocery sector

Digital DNA

Retail technology view from the top

Gary talks to Ben Sillitoe, Editor of Essential Retail about GS1 UK’s newest collaborative industry programme, Digital DNA

It’s still all about the standards – 40 years of GS1 UK

It’s still all about the standards – 40 years of GS1 UK

At our 40th AGM Gary looked back in history, and confirmed that standards are as relevant now as they have always been

Why apparel retailers and brands really need to get to grips with their cost-to-serve

Why apparel retailers and brands really need to get to grips with their cost-to-serve

Gary comments about our recent research into the apparel sector, which asks some challenging questions for retailers and brands about decreasing margins

Tackling food waste through collaboration

Tackling food waste through collaboration

Gary outlines how industry can work together to eliminate the big problem of food waste

A year of growth and collaboration

A year of growth and collaboration

As part of our annual review, Gary outlines how this year has been a year of growth and collaboration

Why industry collaboration is more important than ever

Why industry collaboration is more important than ever

Looking at the pressures the retail industry faces today – and explains why industry collaboration is the way forward

How a small family run business has grown into a global success

How a small family run business has grown into a global success

Gary spends some time catching up with Andrew Cairns, CEO of Mammy Jamia’s, learning about the challenges he has faced growing his business

How our standards improve the shopper experience

How our standards improve the shopper experience

Gary discusses how GS1 standards provide a seamless experience for today’s connected consumers

Industry collaboration is key to retail success in 2016

Industry collaboration is key to retail success in 2016

Looking at key industry trends in 2016

George Wright and Gary Lynch

Our new Supervisory Board member

An interview with George Wright, Commercial Director for Strategy & Operations, Tesco PLC who recently joined the GS1 UK Supervisory Board

GS1 UK Annual Review

GS1 UK Annual Review

Take a look at our recent Annual Review


Andrew Osbourne presented with GS1 UK lifetime achievement award

Our recent AGM

Presenting Andrew Osborne with his lifetime achievement award



Black Friday, what happened

So, how did the retail industry deal with Black Friday?

Gary reviews how retailers dealt with 2015’s busiest shopping day


GS1 UK Black Friday

Dealing with the demands of Black Friday

Gary examines how retailers can deliver what consumers want