The team built an inventory management system using Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), encoded into GS1 barcodes. GS1 standards were used to identify all products at inner and outer packaging level.
During roll-out, suppliers were regularly changing GTINs, sometimes on a weekly basis. The team at the trust, with support from GS1 UK, tackled this by actively educating key suppliers.
The trust is now scanning all products with barcodes into, and out of, storerooms, building a rich database of inventory supply and usage.