Co-Chair appointed to National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group

Not-for-profit organisation commits to supply chain improvement with latest appointment.

David McNeil from InfraBuild Steel and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) joins Ram Akella from Woolworths as a Co-Chair of the multi-sector Traceability Advisory Group.

The National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group (NGTAG) was established earlier this year by GS1 Australia, a global not-for-profit organisation, which is reputed to be the leading provider of standards and solutions.

GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works in collaboration with industry, for industry, providing global standards and technology-neutral services to help solve the business challenges of today and into the future.

NGTAG comprises more than 80 senior-level members from industry and government, addressing traceability linkages across supply chains to ensure Australia maintains and builds global competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and positive socio-economic outcomes and opportunities.

“I am honoured to be appointed as a Co-Chair of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group,” said McNeil, who is also a member of GS1 Australia’s corporate board.

“The group is uniquely placed to inform GS1 Australia on the requirements of industry and government for traceability standards, and to co-define a roadmap for implementing end-to-end traceability and trade modernisation in Australia in the most efficient and economic manner possible.

“I look forward to leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network of companies, associations and government departments that represent the NGTAG, as well as working closely with Ram Akella from Woolworths as my counterpart.”

McNeil’s recent focus has been on supply chain execution.

In conjunction with the ALC and GS1, he has implemented the GS1 Transport Instruction and Transport Status messages to facilitate the efficient transfer of delivery information between InfraBuild Steel and its logistics partners.

As a co-chair of NGTAG, McNeil is expected to focus his representation on the transport and logistics sector, integrating traceability processes within transport, a critical part of end-to-end traceability that is required for all product types and sectors.

While his appointment is effective immediately, prior commitments mean that McNeil will have limited participation in his new role until the new calendar year.

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