Feeding America Partners with 1SYNC to Advance Supply Chain Efficiency of Product Donations

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The nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization said it would work with the product data management (PDM) provider to help improve efficiency of moving donated food and grocery products to nationwide network of food banks.

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"We are excited to be working with 1SYNC to support our mission of ending hunger in America.” -- Kevin Lutz, Feeding America

Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today said it would work with 1SYNC, a product data management (PDM) provider, to help improve the efficiency of moving donated food and grocery products to Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks.

1SYNC will help Feeding America reduce logistics costs and move food and groceries more quickly from donors to clients in need.

The announcement was made in Las Vegas at the GS1 Connect Conference, where Kevin Lutz, senior vice president of technology for Feeding America, is meeting suppliers with 1SYNC, the conference’s Diamond Sponsor.

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 member food banks and 61,000 food assistance agencies serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products to 37 million Americans annually.

The Feeding America network will use 1SYNC data services to access product information from corporate donors, replacing current labor-intensive and low-tech supply-chain and inventory processes.

This will allow Feeding America to share item and price information with companies automatically, eliminating manual processes. This will help Feeding America’s supply chain move faster and improve the accuracy of information it has about its inventory. Ultimately, food will get to hungry Americans faster.

“Feeding America receives donations of retail and institutional sized product directly from manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers,” said Lutz. “Donated product may consist of entire truckloads of product to individual items; distributing donated products in an efficient manner is crucial to emergency food assistance. We will be using 1SYNC’s synchronized product catalog data to enhance our supply chain efficiency, improve product information and enhance our food safety, recall and traceability. We are excited to be working with 1SYNC to support our mission of ending hunger in America.”

“This is a fantastic development for the Feeding America network and the people who rely on the organization,” said Bill Voltmer, President of 1SYNC. “They will now enjoy a major benefit that many of the world’s largest retailers and food distributors enjoy – instantaneous access to accurate, trustworthy product data direct from those products’ manufacturers and brand owners. We’re proud to be a part of this initiative.”

For more information: http://www.1sync.org
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About 1SYNC
1SYNC, the largest certified data pool in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), is dedicated to the implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. 1SYNC offers a robust, easy-to-use solution that can reduce costly data errors and increase supply chain efficiencies for companies of all sizes. The growing 1SYNC community consists of 60 leading recipients and more than 6,000 suppliers worldwide. These customers are synchronizing product data on more than 6 million items in the GDSN. For more information, visit http://www.1SYNC.org.

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