Bar Code workshops in Samoa, Tonga next week


Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) NZ has partnered with GS1 New Zealand, a global supply chain standards and solutions organisation to deliver Bar Code Development Workshops in Samoa on the November 5 and 6 and in Tonga on November 9 and 10.<!--more-->

[caption id="attachment_7460" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href=""><img class="wp-image-7460 size-full" src="" alt="rsz_barcode" width="138" height="104" /></a> The workshops in Samoa and Tonga aim to establish a greater understanding and knowledge of export market requirements...[/caption]

The growing complexity of global supply chains mean that companies must develop efficient and effective solutions to manage their products. Challenges around traceability and quality standards have continued to surface in discussions with Pacific Island exporters and potential buyers.

The workshops in Samoa and Tonga aim to establish a greater understanding and knowledge of export market requirements within the context of GS1 supply chain standards and technologies. GS1 New Zealand will discuss the importance of international standards and traceability for exports; how to capture this information and share it both internally and with trading partners.

“Through our export capability programmes, we aim to help companies prepare for export by providing them with practical insights and guidance into the New Zealand market,” says PT&amp;I Trade Development Manager, Joe Fuavao.

In Tonga, the workshop will be delivered in partnership with the Government of Tonga through the Ministry of Commerce &amp; Labour (MCL). The workshop builds on a partnership between PT&amp;I, MCL and GS1 New Zealand that was initiated in 2013 to look at improving packaging and labelling standards for export.

The Bar Code Development Workshop will be the first in Samoa, building on the export initiatives undertaken by the Samoa Association of Manufacturers &amp; Exporters (SAME) in particular the recent Buy Samoa Made Trade Shows in New Zealand and Australia.

The content will focus on the fundamentals of barcodes and barcoding and the underlying standards and how businesses in the Pacific Islands can use these technologies to improve overall business performance.

“By leveraging technology platforms such as bar codes, Pacific Island companies can save time and money and increase their overall operational efficiency,” says Mr. Fuavao.

PT&amp;I acknowledges the support and assistance by the Ministry of Commerce &amp; Labour in Tonga, the Samoa Association of Manufacturers &amp; Exporters (SAME) and the Samoa Trade Commissioner in New Zealand, Tofaeono Fonoti Dr. Lafitai Iupati Fuatai in this initiative.

For more information about the workshops, please email PT&amp;I Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao at