Amit Menipaz, general manager of structured data at eBay, and John Inwright, president and CEO of Quality Supply Chain Co-op, the co-op for Wendy’s, have been appointed to the GS1 U.S. board of governors.
Menipaz and Inwright will help guide the GS1 U.S. strategy to drive adoption and use of GS1 standards in the online retail and foodservice industries, respectively. GS1 U.S. is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to improve supply-chain business processes through the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards, touted as the most widely used information standards in the world.
Menipaz manages multiple teams across the United States, Israel and China to classify eBay's inventory globally. His team provides the structured data solutions for eBay's connected commerce strategy, and the platform for sharing product data and inventory across all geographies, business units and devices. He has also led innovations in social, mobile and local commerce; built a new team dedicated to generating inventory insights and driving algorithmic identification of competitive offers across sites; and led the global roadmap for eBay's consumer and business seller experiences. He has worked with GS1 U.S. to pioneer digital standards, and to share with the industry how GS1 standards can transform and drive efficiencies for the online market.
"In today's online marketplace, the bar for meeting consumer expectations is rising every day," said Menipaz. "In order to make informed decisions, customers need product data that they can trust; however, too much of the current digital information about products is either inconsistent or incorrect. Joining the GS1 U.S. board of governors creates an opportunity to drive positive change in the online retail market by helping the industry to leverage standards that can deliver better experiences for consumers, improve bottom line results for retailers, and support entirely new online/offline business models for everyone."
Inwright is a veteran of the foodservice industry, and has served as president and CEO of QSCC, the exclusive supply chain manager for all Wendy's restaurants in North America, since its formation in 2010. Prior to his role at QSCC, he was EVP and GM for Nice-Pak Professional, and had served as chief procurement officer at U.S. Foodservice, one of the country's largest broad-line foodservice distributors. Inwright is a member of the Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative Executive Leadership Committee and co-chairs the Supply Chain Sub-Committee of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. He has also served on sub-committees for two of the world's leading corporate think tanks, the Conference Board and the Corporate Executive Board.
"GS1 U.S. is proactively working with the U.S. foodservice community to implement and effectively utilize GS1 Standards to enhance efficiencies, improve product information for trading partners and consumers, and establish a foundation for food safety and traceability," said Inwright. "By working together with other industry leaders, I look forward to helping the foodservice industry create a safer, more efficient and more effective supply chain."
"The expertise and leadership that Amit and John have demonstrated in their own organizations will bring tremendous value to GS1 U.S.,” said Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of GS1 U.S. “Their innovation and vision will strategically position GS1 U.S. to help industries across 25 sectors, including retail and foodservice, to better leverage standards to enhance supply chain efficiencies and growth."
The GS1 U.S. board of governors includes executives from the Coca-Cola Company, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Johnson & Johnson, J.M. Smucker, Kroger, Macy's, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McKesson, Premier, Procter & Gamble, Publix, Unilever, Walmart, Wakefern Food Corporation and Wegmans.
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