GS1 Hong Kong Summit - Innovating for Digital Consumers Connection - Ended on a High Note

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Hong Kong – 5 November – The GS1 Hong Kong Summit (“the Summit”) held on November 3, 2016, concluded on a high note as the delegates composed of 500 executives and influencers across pillar industries exchanged insights and co-created new ideas on frictionless e-commerce strategy, innovating omni-channel business model, social collaboration and digital transformation excellence. The Summit was a resounding success with delegates actively participating and looking forward to the annual Summit next year to continue the important dialogue established on building a balanced omni-channel commerce ecosystem on connecting consumers. 

The Summit took off to a rousing start with the encouraging words of Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, GBS, BBS, JP, Secretary for Transport and Housing, HKSAR Government as the Guest of Honour:

“E-commerce spells both opportunities and challenges to the entire supply chain industry. A forecast of e-Marketer projects that retail e-commerce sales will continue at a double-digit growth to top US$4 trillion in 2020. This means new business potential for wholesaling, retailing, logistics and distribution. Connecting the virtual and real economy is now a crucial part of supply chain management,” declared Professor Cheung.

“As a highly developed metropolis where the East meets the West, our people are known for being adaptive, and adaption to fast changes is a precious asset in the e-commerce settings,” he added.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Joseph Phi, Chairman of GS1 Hong Kong stressed: “Everyone is jumping into the e-commerce bandwagon, but the key lies in trying to devise innovative ways to connect better with the customers and to create that unique user experience. This is the topic of our Summit today ‘Innovating for Digital Consumers Connection’.”  

He noted the highly important role GS1 could play as a global language of business in creating a common standard and platform, and providing accurate and reliable product and related information.“You now can take advantage of the 20/20 hindsight information to make sense of what happened yesterday, you are now able to generate actionable insight and decide how you pivot today, and you can produce useful foresight to tackle challenges of tomorrow. Hindsight, insight, foresight through the adoption of standards, this is the power of GS1 – one code, infinite possibilities.

One of the highlights of the Summit was to unveil the GS1 Hong Kong's first CEO Pulse Report, which compiled the collective insights of 225 CEOs across Hong Kong the key business challenges, opportunities they faced with digital revolution and their e-commerce business strategies, plus a consumer survey collecting feedback from 500 Hong Kong and 500 Mainland Chinese respondents on their online shopping attitudes and expectations. Delegates were active and enthusiastic in their response and participation at the CEO Panel where the panelists of chairmen and CEOs went on stage to dive deep into “Building a balanced omni-channel commerce ecosystem on connecting consumers”. Time, however, did not permit this subject of great interest and concern to be explored to its fullest; and many have expressed the hope to revisit the topic at the Summit next year. 

The grand finale of the Summit was the ECR Golden Circle Awards 2016 Presentation Ceremony. This award programme was organised by Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Hong Kong and hosted by GS1 Hong Kong, in recognition of professional excellence and contribution in supply chain management across Hong Kong and Greater China.

Ms Anna Lin, JP, Chief Executive of GS1 Hong Kong said, “The promotion and adoption of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) concepts and techniques in e-commerce and omni-channel business are one step in the same direction enabling the industry to become more responsive to consumer demands.”

This year, 12 notable achievers received recognitions in four categories which are Supply Chain Leader, Digital Consumer Leader, Ecommerce Leader and Technology Innovation Leader. “The aim of the programme is to enhance the industry’s ability to compete efficiently and effectively in order to provide better value to consumers.” said Ms. Lin.


Winners of the ECR Golden Circle Awards 2016

Supply Chain Leader

Mr. Edmon Fung

Managing Director, International Supply Chain Alliance Co. Ltd.

Dr. Kelvin Leung

Chief Executive Officer (Asia Pacific), DHL Global Forwarding (Hong Kong) Limited

Mr. Norbert Tan

General Manager, Maxim’s Caterers Ltd


Digital Consumer Leader

Ms Sandy Choi

Business Development Director, Source Network Media Group Ltd.

Mr. Frankie Ho

General Manager, Baidu International Advertising Unit

Mr. Mann Yim

Director, BubblesLink


Ecommerce Leader

Ms Genevieve Chow

General Manager, Omnichannel Dev, Chow Sang Sang Holdings International Ltd.

Mr. Sebastian Picardo

Chief Retail Officer, Lane Crawford(Hong Kong) Limited

Mr. Jun Yeung

Founder, Viewider Limited


Technology Innovation Leader

Mr. Calvin Ho

CEO, Holistic Technology

Mr. Sopheap Lao

Founder and CEO, XNotes Alliance Ltd.

Dr. Migar Tam

Principal Consultant, CAS Logistics Limited


About GS1 Hong Kong

Founded by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in 1989, GS1 Hong Kong is the local chapter of GS1®, a not-for-profit, global supply chain standards organisation headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with over 110 national chapters in 150 countries. GS1 Hong Kong’s mission is to enable Hong Kong enterprises to have more efficient, visible and safer supply chains through the provision of global standards and a full spectrum of standards-based solutions and services, thus making possible business optimisation and value creation. GS1 Hong Kong currently has 7000 corporate members covering close to 20 industries including retail consumer goods, food, wine, healthcare, apparel, consumer electronics, logistics, information and technology.  For more information about GS1 Hong Kong, please visit


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