Conferences and events enlighten industries on the latest trends

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 12:00am

GS1 HONG KONG offers a wide scope of services from article numbering and barcoding to its e-commerce trading platform EZ*TRADE, as well as training and consultancy programmes.

Several major conferences and events are also held every year for its members and industry players to keep abreast of the latest market trends and to share ideas and experiences in managing supply chain processes.

The EPCglobal Hong Kong RFID Conference and road shows will take place between tomorrow and Friday in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The International ICT Expo will run here until Sunday.

In May, the organisation will organise the EPC Awareness Programme to promote Electronic Product Code (EPC). Two activities are scheduled for September - the GS1 HK Data Pool and the ECR Asia Conference 2005, with the Annual Member Forum due to be held in December.

Chief executive Anna Lin said GS1 Hong Kong aimed to promote local industries' awareness and application of the latest technologies in addition to setting standards for the business community.

It also hosted a range of accredited training sources on supply chain management (SCM) and e-business strategies for business players, she said. Education programmes were also organised in partnership with local institutions such as the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Leveraging its profound knowledge in supply chain practices and technology application, the organisation provides professional consultancy services to companies looking for ways to improve business process and productivity.

Its SCM Knowledge Centre hosts seminars, solution demonstrations and workshops for local industries, and has a library providing publications, research papers and periodicals on the latest trends in e-commerce and supply chain practices.

The EZ*TRADE has become an effective e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers to conduct data exchange since its establishment in 1995.

Ms Lin said the initiative successfully brought all organisations together to use this standardised service, and nearly 70 per cent of purchase orders in the retail business now were generated through the electronic data interchange mechanism.

To meet evolving business needs, GS1 Hong Kong has taken another step to prepare the local business community for the EPC/RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) trend. The advent of EPC, combining RFID, is expected to revolutionise the modern supply chain process.

The EPC standard was officially launched in November 2003 by EPCglobal, a division of GS1. In March last year, EPCglobal Hong Kong was established by GS1 Hong Kong to assist companies in technological advancement.

'Technology changes the way of doing business. While EPC and RFID will not be able to take the place of bar code in the short term, we have to follow them closely,' she said.