“If a supplier does business with 25 retailers, this tool allows communication to happen only once. He will upload it once and the retailer can download it once,” D’Allacco said.
Suppliers will need to register for the product and more information can be found at PMA’s website.
In addition, Web seminars and online learning opportunities can be found on the PMA website.
D’Allacco says the transition will vary in cost, depending on the company.
“One of the main costs will be to get the GS1 prefix. They have to purchase it initially, and then there’s a fee to maintain it yearly after that,” she said.
Other costs will be the actual cost of creating labels that incorporate the new UPCs.
From the retail end, it will depend on the software and hardware the company uses.
“There could be data capacity and data management concerns that might include a cost, but most have said they already have the capability to scan and store those unique GTINs,” D’Allacco said.