All posts by Ashley Schmidt

Senior Manager, Product Marketing

Walmart and Google Take on Amazon!

Google and Walmart announced last week a partnership that is starting next month. Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company’s shelves via the online retailing service Google Express, an online marketplace where customers can purchase and set up delivery from stores like Target and Walgreens.

Walmart products will also be available through the Google Assistant and Google Home smart speaker, which competes with Amazon’s Echo. Walmart shoppers can link their customer accounts to Google and get personalized recommendations.

Walmart & Google: Powerful Alone. Better Together

Clearly, the two companies are combining their strengths to take on Amazon. Separately, the companies have had little success drawing shoppers aways from Amazon in the ecommerce space.

Walmart’s network of 4,700 U.S. stores and its fulfillment networks offer a competitive differentiator over Amazon offering an attractive omni-channel options including click-and-collect while Google has deeper artificial intelligence (AI) expertise and a huge pool of new data would allow them to leverage personalization through targeted ads.

Walmart and Google have combined their strengths to battle it out on the online retail market. Walmart’s huge product line will help attract shoppers and it’s the first time the world’s biggest retailer has made its product available online in the United States outside of its own website.

Are You Ready to Take on the eCommerce World?

1WorldSync has been a strategic partner of Walmart for more than a decade, facilitating product content exchange for Walmart manufacturers and supplies. Given this new announcement from Walmart, it’s obvious that they are looking to broaden their online presence and looking for more product content and product assortment.

Whether you have a single item, or hundreds of items; showcasing complete, accurate and up-to-date product content will improve your online search rankings, protect your brand,and increase your products’ visibility to consumers.

1WorldSync has been helping thousands (25,000+)  of suppliers and brands to build product content strategies to sell products to Walmart, Amazon, Google and beyond.

Whether you’re utilizing 1WorldSync to capture your GDSN data or non-GDSN data, we work with our customers to simplify product content exchange via a signal connection. The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud (PIC) make it possible to share content anywhere, anytime, in any format, with anyone – easy.

Are you ready to get your products discovered by Walmart, Google and beyond? Learn more today!

Sell Products Successfully On Amazon Today!

Did you know that 55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon (Recode 2016)? Amazon commands more than half of all product searches.

This stat is truly remarkable and a reason you must get your products onto the Amazon platform as they bring droves of traffic to your product listing. Even more important than traffic is a pool of buyers, ready to purchase!

Creating, managing, and syndicating product content that meet the needs of Amazon requires cross-functional collaboration and integration with key systems. 1WorldSync is the leader in product content management solutions and work with the leading retailers (including Amazon) to expediting brands ability to centralize and digitize product content.

Are you ready to get your products onto Amazon.com?

1WorldSync does the heavy lifting for you making your product content efforts more efficient expediting your speed to market on the Amazon marketplace.

The 1WorldSync Amazon App allows customers to set-up products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to Amazon Vendor Central. This accelerates sellers’ ability to standardize their GDSN data.

Do you sell to Amazon today?  Do you want to learn how to leverage your GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently? Click here to learn more on how to send data to Amazon electronically!

References

55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon https://www.recode.net/2016/9/27/13078526/amazon-online-shopping-product-search-engine

Getting Smart About Sustainability and the SmartLabel™ Initiative

Last week, I attended the Global Sustainability Summit and listened to a panel where Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President of GMA and a panel of experts, including our very own Chris Lemmond, discussed SmartLabel™ & Sustainability.

The panelists discussed how consumers think about things like a brand’s sustainability contribution, how ingredients are sourced and how brands can leverage SmartLabel™ pages to tell their story around sustainability delivering trust and transparency to the end consumer.  

We all know that consumers have become more conscientious about what they buy and want to be informed about what is inside the products they purchase. The SmartLabel™ initiative, a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), allows brands to communicate fact-based information about their products to consumers meeting shoppers expectations for accessing all types of information in new and practical ways.

While a nutrition facts label provides insight into what ingredients are in an item, it only scratches the surface as these labels have limited real estate on the package. SmartLabel™ pages allows brands to share in-depth product information empowering consumers to make better, more informed choices.

Are your ready to differentiate your brand?

The SmartLabel™ initiative offers brands the opportunity to own their product content online and share out fact-based product data via SmartLabel™ pages. Companies investing in sustainability best-practices have the opportunity to tell their story to the end consumer and present it via SmartLabel™ pages diversifying their product. Each product participating in SmartLabel has a specifically formatted landing page, which can be accessed through a web search, and QR code on their smart phones.

Transparency isn’t just about disclosure…It can be about a more complete picture of the details of how the product is created and what sustainable best-practices the brand is putting in place to manufacture the product. These details can support a brand’s promise and give consumer more reason to love this brand.

Are you ready to take control of your product content and meet transparency demands?

1WorldSync has a longstanding partnership with brand manufacturers and retailers to manage product content and distribute it to consumers. Our customers can now leverage their investment in GDSN to go further and push their product content onto SmartLabel™ pages giving customers clear access to information about the product.

Learn more today!

It’s Prime Time!

As a marketer, I have to give credit where credit is due. The creation of Amazon Prime Day was a brilliant move! With the third Amazon Prime Day now over, it’s clear that Amazon is trying achieve the same status as consumer calendar events like Cyber Monday and Black Friday.

Amazon said last week that their sales event was its “biggest day ever,” with sales this year surpassing its 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday results. Their Prime Day generated $1 billion in sales, making it the best sales day ever for the company (Bloomberg 2017).

According to Amazon, “The Prime Day 2017 event grew by more than 60 percent compared to the same 30 hours last year, and sales growth by small businesses and entrepreneurs was even higher” (Businesswire 2017).

Market Domination: The Struggle For Shelf Space

Smart suppliers are going “Prime”and ensuring their products are on the Amazon marketplace shelves and differentiating themselves with in-depth product content.

Amazon’s giant footprint gives suppliers an enormous opportunity to get in front of millions of potential customers they could not hope to find alone. Amazon enables small suppliers to compete with the larger players.

Are you ready to get your products discovered by Amazon?

1WorldSync makes it easy for customers to go “prime” and set-up their products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to  Amazon Vendor Central. Smart suppliers are standardizing and leveraging their GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently.

1WorldSync has partnered with Amazon enabling our customers to send data to Amazon electronically.

Learn more today!

References

  1. “Amazon’s Prime Day Generates Estimated $1 Billion in Sales” 12 July, 2017<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-12/amazon-s-prime-day-proves-to-be-biggest-shopping-day-ever>
  2. “Prime Members Enjoyed Biggest Global Shopping Event in Amazon History this Prime Day”> 12  July, 2017. <http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170712005745/en/>

Take Advantage of the 1WorldSync Expanded Offerings to Improve Global Cross-Channel Commerce Capabilities this Summer!

Success in the retail space is challenging. Grabbing a competitive edge is a must. The best suppliers move quickly to get their products onto new shelves and improve product transparency…which in turn drives sales!

Are You Ready to Sizzle This Summer?

1WorldSync is excited to announce that we’ve enhanced our Product Information Cloud® Platform to help our customers syndicate content more efficiently and improve global compliance and product transparency to drive sales.

This summer, we have launched five new apps and features to enhance customers’ ability to grow global cross-channel sales.

The new capabilities enable more efficient content syndication and improved compliance and product transparency offerings to simplify content aggregation and exchange between trading partners.

Suppliers can now take advantage of the 1WorldSync expanded product suite:

  • The Amazon App allows customers to set up products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to Amazon Vendor Central. This accelerates sellers’ ability to standardize their GDSN data. Do you sell to Amazon today?  Do you want to learn how to leverage your GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently? Learn more on how you can connect to Amazon today.
  • The Walmart App provides users a ‘Content Service Provider (CSP)’ API connection to Walmart Store Assortment Online (SAO), simplifying and accelerating product sellers’ ability to list products on Walmart.com. The app eliminates the extra step of having to top off data in the Walmart vendor portal.
  • The Lidl App enables suppliers to publish product data in the format consistent with category-specific playlists that adhere to Lidl product information requirements.
  • SmartLabel enhancements meet the updated requirements by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). 1WorldSync customers will benefit from a new layout of the Nutrition Fact Panel, upgraded design and improved format for a more consumer-friendly experience.
  • The Recipient Catalog enables buyers to accept items from manufacturers and publish to their own digital storefronts, including products from many brands or suppliers organizing products by category or type as desired.

As the demands of global commerce and consumers have evolved, so have the 1WorldSync product solutions. It’s time to sizzle this Summer! Take action and request a strategy to learn more about our expanded capabilities and new Apps request one today.

It’s Time to Cash In With 1WorldSync At GS1 Connect!

Did you know that 53% of retailers and suppliers experience a knowledge gap within their organization when it comes to understanding the eCommerce landscape (1WorldSync)?

Don’t leave money on the table!

Channel readiness is a significant struggle throughout the value chain as e-commerce continues to evolve. In the dynamic world of digital commerce, retailers and suppliers are facing significant issues capitalizing on the opportunities within different channels.

1WorldSync is excited to join more than 1,000 partners in Las Vegas at GS1 Connect . We will demonstrate how our Product Information Cloud can deliver turnkey solutions to share and promote product content, ensure data accuracy, and optimize operational processes in today’s cross-channel world.

For companies looking to upgrade their e-commerce capabilities, be sure to stop by the 1WorldSync booth (#17,18) where we’ll be showcasing how you can connect, empower and build trust everytime, everywhere!

We’ll be hosting ‘Appy Hours’ where we’ll be demoing:

    • Customer Distribution Apps: Distribute content to specific recipient retailers, e-tailers or app providers. Each app includes the ‘Playlist’ of attribution expected by the merchant, the validation rules and the integration capability for distributing catalog in a compliant format to the merchant/app developer….
      • We’ll be highlighting our apps that enable access to adhere to Walmart, Kroger, Lidl, Alibaba & Amazon content & data specifications.
    • Compliance and Transparency Apps: Sell and trade in any geography, while meeting local regulatory mandates or consumer transparency expectations.
      • We’ll be highlight our capabilities for SmartLabel and Unique Device Identifier (UDI) compliance.
    • Enterprise Enablement Apps: Helping Sales, CRM and supply chain teams to engage customers and sell more.
      • We’ll be highlighting our capabilities  that enables easy creation of selling sheets, catalogs, slicks and other digital sales aids to help drive global sales.

Appy Hour Schedule:

Customer Distribution Apps June, 20th 12 – 1pm

June, 20th 6 – 7 pm

Compliance and Transparency Apps June, 20th 1-2 pm

June, 21st – 12 -1 pm

Enterprise Enablement Apps June, 20th 5 – 6 pm

June, 21st 1pm – 2pm

 

We invite you to stop by our booth # 17 & 18 and learn how we can help you ensure you’re not losing or leaving money on the table!

It’s time to cash out at GS1 Connect. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

References:

Charting Course for Global Commerce by 1WorldSync

Digital Catalogs Drive Conversions

Are you at risk of losing share of the $23.4 trillion in worldwide e-commerce sales predicted for 2017? (Source: eMarketer)  

Today’s buyers and modern-day voyagers are tasked with navigating an ever-evolving e-commerce landscape. Companies are investigating newer and better strategies to meet the evolving demands of partners and consumers.

There’s huge opportunity for merchants and suppliers to use the digital channel to reach shoppers in a new way.

  • Have you ever wanted to send over your seasonal product collection to your buyers?
  • Would a mobile-friendly catalog with information enable your business to train your sales team more effectively?
  • Do you have the ability to give your smaller retailers a place to get your latest, up-to-date product information?
  • Are you ready to go digital, sell everywhere and deliver content efficiently?

Enter the Sales Kit App!

The 1WorldSync Sales Kit App, part of our Product Information Cloud, is a digital catalog that provides businesses with the ability to render their own Digital Catalog(s). Sales Kit mobilizes product content and enables the easy creation of selling sheets, catalogs, slicks and other digital sales aids.

Leveraging your company’s product data that’s been loaded into the 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud Sales Kit enables:

  • Creation of a public or private online catalog with complete product details
  • Delivery of field selling sheets, spec sheets, product slicks and other digital sales aids to help drive global sales
  • Power and drive sales through eCommerce, global websites and other digital applications

Are you ready to go digital, sell everywhere and deliver content efficiently? Digital Catalogs clearly help drive online sales for large and small brands. To learn more about the 1WorldSync Sales Kit, visit here.

1WorldSync Announces Improved User Interface (UI) Available to WS|Publishing Users

You Asked, We Listened! 

At 1WorldSync, we’ve always valued the voice of our customers and over the past four years, we’ve implemented new functionality to meet the ever increasing demands of suppliers and retailers.

We’ve heard from our customers that their User Experience needed improvement and this year we’re excited to announce we’re delivering on our promise.

I sat down with Stefan Schweikart, CIO at 1WorldSync to understand what went into the new User Interface and how we partnered with our customers to increase the efficiency and user-friendliness of our solutions.

What can our customers expect with the new User Interface?

What you will see is the culmination of months of dedication from the 1WorldSync design and engineering teams who were obsessed with delivering a platform that would allow our customers to work faster and more efficiently, and strengthen their client relationships.

The new UI offers improved navigation, a new dashboard that allows for quicker interactions, new design of item editor and simpler creation and maintenance of packaging hierarchies.

In addition, the new, intelligent GPC-service offers you suggestions for the correct product classification based on the product name. The result is an intuitive, easy-to-use tool that vastly simplifies the user experience.

How did 1WorldSync partner with our clients to gather and implement their feedback?

With our customer centric heritage, we continued to listen to our customers and proactively engaged with them every step of the way in this project. We analyzed our customers’ individual behaviors to determine ways to improve and simplify their user experience.

Measuring user experience is not an easy task, as it’s all about what users think and feel thus for this reason we also utilized the System Usability Scale (SUS), giving a global view of subjective assessments of usability. We collected metrics based on quantitative data collected during user testing sessions and contextual interviews.

They SUS was very valuable in helping us source quantitative information. We collected as much data as we could so that we could have a clear picture on what improvements must be rolled out.

To improve the usability we also followed the ISO standards 9241 with significant tools like:

  • Definition of user groups and personas
  • Contextual interviews in each of the defined user groups
  • Usage tests with thinking aloud
  • Prototyping and immediate testing
  • An open testing period in a separate beta environment with over 230 test users performing more than 400 various tests

When will the improvements be available?

The improvements were made available Friday, March 3rd for all WS|Publishing users starting. To find out more about the list of improvements visit here.

Everyday is Black Friday with the 1WorldSync Omni-Channel Solutions.

As a brand owner, manufacturer or supplier, you want to get your products onto as many shelves, storefronts and retail sources as possible so that everyday feels like Black Friday!  Retailers are asking suppliers to deliver more content, faster and more often than ever before. The problems suppliers, manufacturers and brand owners face in their quest for speed to consumers and online shelves are numerous.

Tis’ The Season To Be Cross-Channel Ready

1WorldSync has an announcement that will undoubtedly make your holiday season to do’s a lot more doable. Suppliers can gain the first-mover advantage by utilizing the 1WorldSync Omni-channel solutions to enable global content distribution and syndication for all your product information, across all channels. Further, 1WorldSync solutions help our customers discover and publish products and more importantly product information in a standardized, easily accessible digital format ensuring accurate information…whether you are shopping online, in store, or eating lunch at your favorite cafe.  

We’ve now made it easier for existing 1WorldSync Data Pool customers to publish their product content and take advantage of our Omni-Channel solutions. 1WorldSync customers can publish and make updates to their 1WorldSync data pool product information and enrich their product information for cross-channel commerce, enabling global content distribution and syndication for all your product information.. Foodservice customers can grow sales to discerning consumers by offering total product information transparency on nutritionals, allergens and more, on all channels.

1WorldSync Capabilities Deliver Rich and Trusted Product Anywhere and Everywhere

The 1WorldSync Omni-channel solutions make it possible to share content anywhere, anytime in any format with anyone such as Google, Walmart, Amazon and beyond.

How to Offer Customers Choice, Convenience and Control

The 1WorldSync Fall Release makes it easier than ever to help organize for omni-channel commerce, making your product content discoverable and highly shoppable during a holiday shopping season expected to set online shopping records (digital sales are expected to hit $94.71 billion this Christmas period, according to research firm eMarketer).  This is a great opportunity for our current customers to gain a major competitive advantage.

How do we find out more?

Register now for our upcoming webcast on Wednesday, November 2nd at 1 pm ET.

  • Receive a demo of the new capability to publish from Item Management into Catalog1 keeping the product information accurate and complete (seamlessly pull your information).
  • Learn how to organize for Omni-Channel sales growth and make your product digital, discoverable and highly shoppable.
  • Understand our new capabilities and apps that have recently been released.

Summer Release Sneak Peek!

Summer Release Sneak Peek

1WorldSync will be launching our Summer release later this month. We’re excited to debut our expanded capabilities to support your Omni-Channel and Healthcare product information initiatives. The Summer Release features new apps and solutions that include:
 
  • Foodservice Product Content Marketplace that will allow foodservice manufacturers to highlight their products to the long tail of foodservice distributors.
  • Digital Catalog which allows you to take your product content in Catalog1 and create a rich online product catalog that can be used by your internal sales and customer service teams, browsed by your customers, and leveraged by your marketing teams.
  • And several new apps that allows you to get your products Google, Walmart, Amazon and beyond!

Stay tuned for more information about our Summer Release!