Developed by members of the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative, the guideline offers a common vocabulary that defines attributes in four primary material types—knit fabric, woven fabric, leather and synthetic material. It also helps supply chain partners categorize like-kind materials using a common set of definitions which will contribute to streamlined sourcing decisions, clearer purchasing specifications and reduced time to market.
In addition to enabling transparency in product sourcing, these efficiencies can also support platforms that promote a circular economy and lead to enhanced sustainability in the retail supply chain. When items are identified consistently and that identification remains linked to the item, goods become reusable and repairable long after the time of first purchase, prolonging the life cycle and reducing waste.
“As more retail companies are focused on improving sustainability and transparency, the consistent identification of raw materials is an important step toward achieving those goals,” said Angela Fernandez, vice president of community engagement, GS1 US. “This industry guidance provides how to define, compare and communicate raw material data across retail operations, which can help partners share higher quality data while reducing product development cycle times.”
Initiative members will continue to evaluate additional raw material data definitions in future releases, as the needs of industry evolve. To download the guideline, please visit www.gs1us.org/rawmaterials. For more information about the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative, please visit https://www.gs1us.org/agminitiative.