Transport and logistics


The transport and logistics industry forms the backbone of globalsupply chains. It provides critical links in the global economy, connecting the supply chains of countless retailers and manufacturers, serving many industries in different countries. As goods move from points of origin to points of sale, logistics services providers (LSPs), freight transporters and their customers need to know precisely where shipments are at all times to make informed business decisions.

GS1 standards provide a framework that allows products, services, and information about them to move efficiently and securely for the benefit of businesses. The use of GS1 standards and solutions by supply chain stakeholders will facilitate interoperability between systems and processes for enhanced supply chain visibility, security and sustainability. Further, it will result in increased efficiencies in shipping and receiving as well as better warehouse, transport and asset management. GS1 Hong Kong helps the logistics industry to foster global supply chain visibility through the provision of global standards and a full spectrum of standards-based solutions and services.

By applying GS1 global standards and GS1 Hong Kong solutions, we can help to:

  • Enable real-time visibility of goods and information flow from point of manufacturing to point of destination via ezTRACK™, a globalised EPCIS-standard traceability network
  • Enable Cold Chain Management to protect temperature sensitive product’s quality by capturing real-time data, including temperature, humidity, time and location of products in transit, empowered by ezTRACK™
  • Enable efficient warehouse and asset management by capturing real-time in-stock, out-stock and stock take information via ezTRACK™

Business case sharing

In 2013, the China Certification and Inspection Group Food Safety Traceability Centre (CCIC Food Safety Traceability Centre) was established. It is the only trans-national and independent certification and inspection institution that aims to provide inspection, identification, certification and traceability information query services. After a year of operation and equipment test, the quarantine process of wine importing has been accelerated.

Looking into ways to accelerate the wine import clearance process, the CCIC Food Safety Traceability Centre, Shenzhen Enter-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (SZCIQ), Shenzhen Shizun Logistics and GS1 Hong Kong have combined forces to carry out a wine import clearance project.

For a smooth roll-out of the project, GS1 Hong Kong developed “” based on an EPCIS-based platform - ezTRACK, in order to provide testing application and product track-and-trace services. After testing, a secured label with a serialized number encoded in QR code will be tagged on each product under the monitoring of CCIC. Moreover, the logistics and product information will be uploaded to “”, and it can be viewed by the related stakeholders and all consumers.

“” makes it possible for Shenzhen’s inspection and quarantine personnel to acquire inspection details and undertake risk assessments prior to shipment arrival in China, thereby accelerating the inspection process significantly. Based on the outcome, the Shenzhen customs authorities now target to shorten the customs clearance duration from 15-20 working days to 2 days.

Source: Annual Report 2014, GS1 Hong Kong

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Globally, there has been an increasing trend of food safety incidents or crises over the years, which alert the importance of efficient food product recall and global food traceability at origin to ensure consumer safety. Customers are also becoming more demanding in food safety and quality management. In response, DCH Logistics adopts GS1 Global Traceability Standard (GTS) and RFID-based Cold Chain Management Solutions in their food supply chain services to enhance global food traceability and supply chain visibility.

Further with the mission to ensure food safety throughout the entire end-to-end logistics, DCH Logistics extends the traceability application to its upstream suppliers. Unique GS1 codes like GTIN and SSCC are assigned to each packaged product and logistics units. All this outbound logistics unit information and shipment data will be shared to the relevant parties through ezTRACK. DCH Logistics, as a logistics provider, can enjoy accurate traceability information from the platform and speed up the order processing upon product arrival.

To add more values to clients, DCH Logistics also adapts a RFID-based cold chain management solution tailor-made to the temperature sensitive food products, such as confectionery. With the RFID sensors installed, temperature and humidity can be continuously monitored during each critical logistics point, including storage, packaging dispatching and delivery alongside the entire supply chain till client’s receipt confirmation. The monitored information can be constantly accessed through ezTRACK.

By implementing global standards and its enabling technologies, DCH Logistics is empowered to provide end-to-end supply chain confidence to its upstream and downstream trading partners. It further boosts the positioning of DCH Logistics as a pioneer value-adding logistics service provider by providing safe and traceable products to its clients within Hong Kong and beyond.

Source: Annual Report 2014, GS1 Hong Kong

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