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GS1 UK launches Perfect Order initiative

London, 26 August 2015 – GS1 UK today launches the Perfect Order programme, an initiative aimed at delivering substantial shopper benefits and has the potential to save the consumer goods industry several million pounds in operating costs.

GS1 UK’s new programme will help retailers and suppliers tackle hidden operating costs, delays and process inefficiencies in the inbound grocery supply chain, while addressing the need to create the seamless shopping experience that consumers increasingly expect. Currently, suppliers are seeing added complexities and costs to their business as they strive to meet the differing requirements set down by the major grocery retailers.

The initial stage of the Perfect Order programme, due to begin this month, will include the development and adoption of a set of industry agreed standards for inbound logistics, ensuring that the retailers’ service requirements are met in full. This part of the programme will involve a joint industry workgroup, made up of both grocery retailers and suppliers including BakkovarBootsCoca-Cola EnterprisesMondelēzMorrison'sNestléProcter & GambleTescoTurners of Soham and Unilever – with GS1 UK acting as an independent facilitator.

Some of the key benefits of the new initiative include better utilisation of vehicles, a less customised and more direct goods receiving process for suppliers, and ultimately better product availability for shoppers.

Harshal Gore, Quality Assurance Director at GS1 UK, said: “We worked with like-minded retailer and supplier member companies to create the Perfect Order programme, which we see as being a catalyst for improving both trading relationships and operating efficiencies in the end-to-end supply chain process. In the current environment, with all aspects of operating costs being under review, we believe that this is an initiative the industry cannot ignore.”

Simon Mardle, Logistics and Change Management, Tesco PLC, said: “The GS1 UK Perfect Order programme helps support Tesco’s passion for putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. To help achieve this, it’s key we work with our suppliers in new and different ways and help to make ways of working simpler and easier for all of us. This work is a great example of where we have to go even further and work collaboratively across our entire industry to achieve better performance for all. It will help us to fundamentally change the way we engage with our suppliers and deliver a significant cultural shift in our business. This couldn’t be a better time for us to implement an industry standard.”

Over the next three years, the Perfect Order programme will evolve into a full set of industry agreed harmonised ways of working which, with the commitment of all parties involved, make for a simpler inbound logistics process and also create the opportunity to generate significant savings.

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About GS1 UK

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GS1 UK is a community of over 28,000 members working in retail, foodservice, healthcare and more. GS1 UK is one of 112 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries worldwide. GS1 UK helps everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods, automate and standardise their supply chain processes using the common language of GS1 global standards.

Further information about the Perfect Order programme is available from: Harshal Gore, Quality Assurance Director, GS1 UK at