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Levi Strauss & Co. has been innovating since the birth of the first pair of jeans in 1873. Throughout their long history, they have inspired change in the marketplace, the workplace and the world.  As one of the world’s largest blue jean manufacturer, Levi ships product into every major retailer.

Challenge

In the early 2000’s, most retailers across the United States mandated the use of GS1-128 Shipping Labels to mark shipments.  To meet their retail client’s needs, Levi Strauss initially generated GS1-128 Shipping Labels at more than 150 pick stations within their RSC facilities.  This print model created a compliance issue for Levi’s due to the number of printers which needed to be maintained in the field.  The use of so many different printers caused Levi’s to be assessed excessive non-compliance charges from their retail partners.

Bar Code Graphics, Inc was challenged with the task of reducing Levi’s GS1-128 Compliance Charges in a cost effective manner, utilizing an approach which would enable 100% compliance with all of their retail trading partners.

Solution

Working directly with Levi’s IT department, Bar Code Graphics recommended the converting the printing of GS1-128 Shipping Labels from on-demand direct thermal printers located at each pick station, to centralized Print and Apply Stations which would apply labels directly on cartons as they traveled on conveyers within Levi’s RSC facilities.

Our work on this project included;

  • Qualifying and selecting a hardware partner.
  • Selecting a label stock, and developing their internal label specification
  • Implementing a GS1-128 Bar Code Print Quality Procedure and schedule, for operators at Levi’s.  We provided Levi’s with GS1 Certified Verification Equipment and trained their personnel.

Results

Levi Strauss dramatically reduced their GS1-128 Compliance Charges and eliminated the time being spent by their pick operators in printing GS1-128 Shipping Labels.  Although the installation of Print and Apply equipment required a significant up front capital investment by Levi’s, they projected ROI for this project occurred in less than 1 year.  The same solution is currently being used by Levi’s to comply with GS1-128 Shipping Label requirements.

  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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UPC (GTIN-12)

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers.

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ISBN/Books

A requirement for selling a book through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title and for each book to be marked with a Bookland EAN barcode.

The Bookland symbol allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

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Medical/UDI

The FDA UDI Mandate is part of a comprehensive healthcare traceability initiative to improve patient safety.  The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirement is rooted in holding each member of the supply chain responsible for ensuring each medical device is marked with a UDI barcode with data maintained on the FDA’s GUDID universal database.

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Supply Chain

Logistic barcodes such as the GS1-128 Shipping Label are used to track movement of a shipment within a supply chain.  Since suppliers are making shipments to a variety of trading partners it is essential to integrate the relevant standards and current technology.  The use of EDI and 2D barcodes which can encode much more data has transformed many supply chains.

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Assets/Inventory

The first step in designing an asset tracking system is to determine whether you are working with assets or inventory.  Assets are any items a company uses internally such as tools, equipment, furniture etc.  Inventory are items which are sold, distributed or used by a company.  The distinction between Assets and Inventory is essential in regards to how the items will be marked, scanned and stored.

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Coupon

The successful integration of GS1 DataBar Coupons has dramatically improved many promotions.  The interhent features including; value codes and automatic expiration date checking for retailers, has enabled more efficient redemption, much better security and better metrics to measure the performance of a campaign.

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Barcode Graphics

Barcode Graphics