AFS Technologies’ Vice President of DATUM Leads Product Packaging Hierarchy Standards for GS1

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Phoenix, AZ, November 13, 2013 – AFS Technologies, Inc. recently attended the GS1 Standards Event in Lisbon, Portugal, to participate in forward-thinking discussions surrounding the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.  The conference provides a semiannual forum for the top thought leaders in the global Consumer Goods community to convene regarding new standard developments to continually improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains.

One of the most critical subject matters at the GS1 Standards Event revolved around the imminent implementation of the new Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) release. GDSN 3.0 will mark the organizations first major release in a decade generating significant changes to current global standards, including product packaging hierarchies. The new product packaging hierarchies in the upcoming 3.0 release are a direct result of the proposal by AFS Technologies’ own Milan Vacval.

During the GS1 Standards Event, Mr. Vacval, Vice President of the AFS solution DATUM, addressed both GDSN users and trade item implementation groups about the impending product packaging hierarchy changes and why initiating preparation efforts in advance is mission critical.  As an active participant in the GDSN Standards Management Group and its Trade Item Implementation subgroup, Mr. Vacval will lead the transitioning process of product packaging hierarchies into the new standard on behalf of GS1/GDSN.

About GS1

GS1 is an international not-for-profit association with member organizations in over 100 countries. During the past 40 years, GS1 has developed the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world with close to two million companies doing business across 150 countries. GS1 is dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across multiple sectors.

About AFS Technologies, Inc.
AFS Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of business enterprise and on-demand software solutions designed to meet the unique requirements of the Consumer Packaged Goods, Food and Beverage, and Financial segments. With over 25 years of industry experience, the global company now serves over 1,500 customers in more than 40 countries with cutting edge technology designed to optimize the order-to-cash flow cycle and improve efficiencies across the entire supply chain.  AFS solutions are utilized by manufacturers, distributors, broker/sales agencies, third party logistics providers and retail operators.  These industry trading partners rely on AFS technology applications to automate business processes, optimize trade promotion management, reduce costs, increase sales and margin performance, support regulatory compliance, enhance field salesforce efficiencies, and drive collaborative commerce through data synchronization. All AFS solutions utilize service-oriented architecture (SOA) built with Microsoft .NET framework technology. AFS solutions interface with existing non-AFS systems and offer true deployment flexibility that allow customers to upgrade specific elements of the software without affecting the rest of the system. AFS products are also available as fully integrated end-to-end solutions or as individual modular applications. AFS offers customers true deployment flexibility through traditional licensing or subscription-based programs, from on-premise to on-demand solutions in the cloud. For additional information, please visit or call (602) 522-8282.