Common standards for the grocery barcode have been adopted in New Zealand.
A meeting of major Kiwi grocers have agreed to adopt the worldwide EAN electronic business standards to bring the country in line with overseas standards.
New Zealand Grocery Marketers’ Association President Alwyn Riggs says the move “closes the loop” and enables the industry to deal entirely in one standard in all areas of e-business.
Already major multinationals such as Proctor & Gamble, Carrefour and Tesco have formally adopted the EAN.UCC standards for electronic business.
Woolworths New Zealand chief executive Andrew Davidson says common standards will “assist everyone in the supply chain".
Retail Merchant’s Association CEO John Albertson says standards have been used in retail and inventory control for decades and it makes sense to introduce the electronic messaging standards.
Major players outside the grocery industry are also embracing the EAN standard, including K-Mart, Farmers Deka, and Auckland pharmaceutical manufacturer Apotex.