San Antonio—June 12, 2013—Four leading companies were honored with the GS1 US Apparel & General Merchandise Awards yesterday at GS1 Connect 2013, held June 10 to 13 at the JW Marriott, San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio. The awards, which recognize supply chain excellence in the retail and apparel industries, were presented to the following winning companies in three categories:
- Retailer Excellence: The winners were Dillard’s and Macy’s Inc.
- Brand Excellence: The winner was J. Reneé; while finalists included PVH Corp.; and Kimberly-Clark Corp.
- Provider Excellence: The winner was Motorola; while the finalist was GXS
“The leadership that these prominent organizations have demonstrated in adopting GS1 Standards to identify, capture and share information, resulted in supply chain efficiencies that drive bottom line benefits,” said Bob Carpenter, President and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 US. “With digital and mobile technology creating consumer demand for consistent and detailed product information anytime and anywhere, these companies are leading the charge in support of omni-channel retail initiatives that leverage industry-developed best practices.”
GS1 US also honored Elizabeth “Gay” Millson-Whitney with a posthumous award in the Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award category. Millson-Whitney’s knowledge helped business and industry leverage cutting-edge technologies and engage in strategic initiatives to create transformational change. Her contributions include leading the development of standards and strategy for EPCglobal, the organization responsible for the creation of RFID and visibility standards.
Millson-Whitney was senior vice president of Industry Engagement for GS1 US where she served as a lead ambassador to such industry sectors as consumer packaged goods (CPG); grocery; healthcare; foodservice; apparel; and general merchandise. Her leadership enabled GS1 US members to realize the value of GS1 Standards, helping to improve efficiency, safety, and security in their everyday business. Gay passed away in 2012.
“Gay’s leadership in areas including EPCglobal and industry engagement was extraordinary,” said Carpenter. “By listening and leading, Gay instinctively struck the right balance in helping teams move forward together, at a pace that was exciting, motivating, and highly fulfilling for all companies involved. She believed deeply in the power of industry collaboration and standards, and the rich exchange of ideas and creativity that was always the byproduct of her leadership efforts.”