BUSINESSES that wish to gain access to overseas markets now have the opportunity to attain global barcoding standards and meet internationally-recognised product identification requirements, thanks to an innovative undertaking by Universal Printing Press in Lautoka.
The Punja's Group subsidiary has become the first company in the Pacific to gain accreditation to GS1 after the successful adoption of the program and subsequent training of seven UPP staff by GS1 New Zealand, the regional body which has the responsibility of administering the GS1 system in Fiji on behalf of the global headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Gary Hartley, general manager sector development at GS1 New Zealand, lauded UPP's adoption of the GS1 quality assurance program.
"GS1 is a global, not-for-profit standards development organisation that develops and supports the implementation of global standards stemming from the identification of goods and services," he said.
"Previously companies that wished to attain GS1 barcode standards had to do so via the New Zealand office. However, this has changed with UPP being the first company in the Pacific to be able to provide this service," he said.
UPP's general manager Shri Krishna said adopting new technology and innovations has kept the Lautoka firm one step ahead of the competition.
"We have achieved numerous business excellence awards over the years and this shows our commitment to quality printing. Today we mark another milestone achievement with the attainment of GS1 accreditation for barcode verification. We are proud to be the first company to achieve this recognition in the Pacific region," he said.
According to Jagdish Punja, the Punja's Group of Companies pioneered barcoding in the country and first introduced the global identification system in1982.
GS1 is the largest supply chain standards development organisation in the world with offices in 145 countries and territories with close to 2 million member companies worldwide. There are 65 member companies in Fiji.