4 industry leaders join GS1 U.S. board to guide supply chain management

Four industry leaders have been elected to the GS1 U.S. board: Pavan Heda, vice president, global trade controls and enterprise supply chain project management office, Johnson & Johnson; Todd James, chief data and technology officer, 84.51°, Kroger; Kraig Narr, senior vice president, global supply chain and logistics, Target; and Mike Stigers, president, Wakefern Food Corp.

The cross-industry, Ewing-based GS1 U.S. board of governors represents companies in apparel, general merchandise, retail grocery, foodservice, health care and 20 other industries.

These executives join a group of leaders who help guide the GS1 U.S. strategy to drive the adoption and use of GS1 Standards as a common foundation for retail commerce, consumer experiences and supply chain management.

“These accomplished leaders’ experience in shaping successful supply chains for four of the most prominent companies in the world will be instrumental in helping us guide our members in their respective transformation efforts,” Bob Carpenter, CEO and president, GS1 U.S., said. “As the world moves deeper into a digital economy, unique identification of products, entities, locations and more will remain critical to connecting physical and digital channels to create a seamless shopping experience for consumers and also to provide deeper levels of visibility for all stakeholders in supply chains.”

GS1 U.S. enables companies to power their supply chains to deliver safe, consistent, authentic and trusted experiences. Best known as a source for UPC barcodes, GS1 is a not-for-profit, global data standards organization that creates a common language for companies to identify, capture and share trusted data that links their physical and digital supply chains.

The GS1 U.S. board of governors is comprised of executives from leading organizations including Amazon; Beth Israel Lahey Health in Boston, the Coca-Cola Co.; Dot Foods Inc.; eBay Inc.; Golden State Foods; Google; Johnson & Johnson; Kroger; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PepsiCo; the Procter & Gamble Co.; Publix Inc.; PVH Corp.; Target; Topco Associates LLC; Wakefern Food Corp.; Walmart; and Wegmans Food Markets Inc.