ABHI eProcurement Conference

GS1 & PEPPOL Standards in Healthcare – The flip side, how ready and how prepared is the industry to react?

While I was away in Brussels at the GS1 Belgilux Forum, LANSA was also sponsoring an event closer to home – the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) eProcurement Conference, where the main topic was GS1 & PEPPOL1 standards in UK Healthcare. I entrusted my colleagues to report back to me after the event so I could share with you the key takeaways from the conference.

Exclusive & Focused

Fasken Martenu, ABHI member and leading international business law firm, was the host of this highly popular and oversubscribed conference. LANSA was among three sponsors for the event, all who were positioning vital technology and services that will be utilised by the healthcare industry to support the objectives of the UK Department of Health’s (DH) eProcurement Strategy. Continue reading “ABHI eProcurement Conference” »


Concluding GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015: Now for a bit of DIY and Gardening

I don’t mean putting that shelf up, repairing that broken chair leg, cutting the grass or even planting some seeds! It’s time for the inaugural Belgilux Do-It-Yourself & Garden Event 2015. This was the first dedicated DIY event that I have ever attended, and I was eager to learn what challenges exist in this sector around product data management, and how online retailing is threatening the traditional Garden Centre and the local Hardware shop.

The event was opened by Jan Somers with support from Piet De Lange, Sector Manager COMEOS, Piet De Coninck, CEO FEBIN, and Jerry Tracey, Industry Manager DIY & Garden GS1 Netherlands.

The first presentation looked at trends and challenges in DIY, and unsurprisingly there are many comparisons with other markets like Retail CPG. Neil Munz-Jones, Director mdj2 associates ltd, and Pieter Van Bastelaere, Sector Manager e-Commerce, COMEOS, explored how this sector is mirroring other markets with the demand for accurate data to satisfy the consumers’ desire to research and buy products online. Pieter singled out Screwfix Direct as a poster child for the future of DIY retailing while Neil talked about how the power has shifted to the consumer, as well as singling out the demand for data – describing it as “the new oil”. Continue reading “Concluding GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015: Now for a bit of DIY and Gardening” »


Day 2: GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015

Wow, I couldn’t believe it when I was handed the event registration and more than 325 guests were registered to attend Day 2's proceedings. That’s a huge turnout, but then again judging from previous GS1 Belgilux Forums, it’s no surprise. The content delivered each year is top-class and draws fantastic attendance from enterprises all across Belgium and Luxembourg as well as The Netherlands.

Hilde De Geest, President GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg, opened the event with a reflection on 2014 and set forth the priorities for 2015. A primary focus will remain on enabling consumers to make fully informed product choices, both on- and off-line. The accuracy of product information is the joint responsibility of food manufacturers and on-line resellers. To ensure the efficient exchange of product data between manufacturers and on-line resellers, GS1 Belgilux developed Trustbox. Manufacturers enter their data via Trustbox, a single point of entry, and resellers access this information through the same source, ensuring one common language is spoken. The success of Trustbox has been overwhelming, with over 1,500 companies using the system and nearly 60,000 items registered. If you are a consumer in Belgium & Luxembourg, and care about what you eat and drink, then Trustbox has stepped up to the mark providing a nation with EU 1169 compliant product data.
During the opening presentation Hilde recognised the sponsors of the event and gave special acknowledgement to LANSA’s presence and support as the Gold Sponsor, showcasing master data management (MDM) and product information management (PIM) solutions for both small-to medium  and large enterprises! Continue reading “Day 2: GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015” »


GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015

It was another great turnout for GS1 Belgilux at their annual members gathering. The venue was once again Tour & Taxis, the superb and gigantic, 100 year old ex customs clearance and goods warehousing complex. The location’s historical significance reflected the importance of this three-day conference, as enterprises from all across Belgium and Luxembourg as well as The Netherlands were in attendance. The diversity of this conference truly amazed me, especially because the organiser’s were able to so effortlessly present content in Dutch (Flemish), French and English. Day 1 was dedicated to the Healthcare industry and Day 2 and 3 were split equally between General Forum, covering a multitude of topics, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) industry. Continue reading “GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015” »


DQSA, FMD, Serialisation – Even more need for a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy, with a GS1 Compliant PIM at the heart

It’s a wonder we ever meet in person. With the explosion in digital technology we could just gather on Skype. The ease and convenience of online meetings oftentimes overshadows and underrates the value of actually getting together. This was amply demonstrated at the offices of Lifestar who recently hosted a meeting for the QP Forum. The Forum, organised by Alex Hall of QPQuandary, is a networking and learning group for QPs in the UK. QPs are the people ultimately responsible for the quality and integrity of pharmaceuticals; they are the “Qualified Persons” who certify that every batch of medicinal product manufactured has been made as it should and that the medicines we take are as safe as they can be.

When you get a group like this together you expect the usual “Where are you from?” “How was your journey?” kind of ice-breaker session. What you don’t expect is how rapidly such a diverse group of professionals get to the heart of the matter. Even before the formal presentations had begun we were in deep discussions of exactly how you trace human derived cell therapies, especially when you’re using them in the context of clinical trials.  Not your usual small talk...
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