All posts by Bert Gregory

Global Director Community Engagement

1WorldSync AUG 2017: What Happens In Vegas..Does Not Stay in Vegas!

Oh what a time!  Late June back in 2017…

Sounds a bit like a song, right?  I was asked to write up a little something to recap our recent Annual User Group, and I have to say, there were some amazing times had in Las Vegas.

On Day 1

Ken Yontz from 1WorldSync, our MC for our two-day event, painted a picture for the audience around “why” were we here. That simple question has a host of different answers, regulations, mandates, efficiencies and last but not least, end consumer impact.  

Vernetta McDowell from Reynolds then provided the attendees some amazing insights into their product content journey and transformation. I can’t tell you how many attendees came up to me after that sessions relating to Reynolds’ story and were ready to start moving forward on their own product content journey.

We then had some great breakout sessions with insights around visibility, content sourcing, as well as process & governance. Thought leaders from Dot Foods, Kellogg Company, the J.M. Smucker Company, Target Corporation, Tyson Foods, Walgreens and Walmart Stores Inc all provided insights into how they are addressing the need for more content. They engaged the audience in collaborative conversations to discuss what other challenges, and opportunities were in place.

We closed the day with two additional plenary sessions. The first was focused on the upcoming GDSN release presented by 1WorldSync’s own Cristina Macias. Cristina, our Director of Implementation, walked the audience through the changes coming, and provided guidance and insights into the newest feature functionality and capabilities of the latest release.  

The second had Mark Hoyle of Teleflex provide insights on their product content journey through insights around UDI, and how they educated their organization on what effort would be needed to meet those needs. Mark then capped off his session with a riveting video that took us back to the news reels of the 1940’s.

Power of 1 Networking Reception

That evening, we had an amazing event in the Boombox Room of Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  Living it up the only way Vegas can provide, the attendees enjoyed fabulous views of the strip while 1WorldSync recognized some amazing organizations for their efforts and achievements:

We also announced the recipients of the 1WorldSync 2017  Power of 1 Awards. These awards honor organizations that have displayed exceptional leadership and made a significant impact in transforming their product content practices.

On Day 2

Day 1 and the Power of 1 event did a great job highlighting what has been accomplished or is currently underway within our client community.  Day 2 took a different angle and provided the audience direction on “what” is coming.  It started with a few of our Industry & Share Group Customer Chairs providing insights around what has occurred, and direction towards where they see the groups going.  

Greg Zwanziger, from SuperValu, provided some milestones that the Recipient Share group have accomplished, and pushed for a call to action from other recipients to join the group and help drive change within the community.  

Mark Whitman, from Intalere, provided a brief history around how the Healthcare Industry group is re-introducing itself, and where we are looking to grow.  

Lastly, Tim McDaniel from Constellation Brands, and Eric Ginsburg from Sazerac, introduced the Alcohol Beverage Industry Group to the audience and provided insights into the opportunity they see, and what this group is looking to achieve through their product content journey.

We then entered the hallmark session for the Annual User Group, the “Tonight Show Panel”.  Our host, Harris Diamand from 1WorldSync, provided a bit of levity during his “when good signs go bad monologue”, and then welcomed up our first guest, Patricia Chavez, from Walmart Stores Inc. Patricia provided some great insights into where Walmart Stores Inc is going, and what changes we can expect to see during the rest of 2017.  

Jean-Marc Klopfenstein, from Nestlé, was the next guest on stage, and provided a very thoughtful manufacturer’s perspective on how Nestle views and seeks to improve the world through their innovation, transparency and philanthropic efforts.  

The final guest for the session was Nick Kaufman, from The Kroger Company.  Nick shared the current state of Kroger’s content efforts, and a peek into where they are planning continue to disrupt the Grocery industry in the near future.  Harris wrapped up the session with a couple of questions to all guests focused on industry direction.

Our closing session for the Annual User Group was led by Dan Wilkinson from 1WorldSync. He provided the vision of where 1WorldSync is continuing to grow within the Product Content Space and how the journey for all of us is just getting started with new innovations that are in need of massive amounts of content.

This all led into a great GS1 Connect networking event as well.

It’s a Wrap!

I want to thank all the speakers, who shared their insights and direction and all the audience participants who helped to make the collaboration sessions a success. We are grateful to our Customer Community for making the 2017 Annual User Group the best one to date!

Please visit our 2017 AUG website to reflect back on the content including speaker presentations and photos from the event.

There is no I in Team…but there is a me

Congrats, you are part of a team. One that is focused, has a vision, one that needs….COLLABORATION.  Being part of a team is great, you get diverse ideas, insights and others to share in the wins and challenges.  It is also highly ineffective if you do not know how to collaborate with one another.

Collaboration Is Everything

Merriam-Webster defines collaborate as: to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.  What is my take on collaborate?  What does it take to successfully collaborate?

The definition describes the act, but not the effort needed to be successful at it. Each team is made up of unique individuals with different strengths and weaknesses. To be a truly successful and result driven team, each must concentrate on the “Me”. Bringing together each individual strength creates a more powerful team. This is your internal team of Justice League or Avengers, whichever you are partial to.

Enter the Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) Group

Recently a new industry group was formed here at 1WorldSync.

1WorldSync is the leading provider of product content solutions. Enabling more than 25,000 global companies in over 60 countries to share authentic, trusted content with customers and consumers, 1WorldSync provides solutions that meet the diverse needs of the industry through its technology platform and expert services empowering intelligent choices for purchases, wellness, and lifestyle decisions.

Over the past few months, 3 major wine & spirits manufacturers have been collaborating with 1WorldSync to form a group focused on an opportunity to standardize product content management and distribution in the beer, wine & spirits industries.  

This group, the Total Beverage Alcohol Industry, came together organically from a side conversation between 2 former colleagues over coffee. The thought was that the industries of beer, wine and spirits have unique opportunity to leverage standards & best practices currently in place within the Consumer Package Goods industry.

From that simple meeting, the start of collaboration occurred. Both parties were able to internalize the industry needs and focus on their “me” strengths to form a collaborating team. More organizations were recruited to drive change and build strength. Two organizations became four, and a full planning team was created.  This team is now actively recruiting additional members to fully represent the multi-tiered system in the US.

During this recruitment phase, the collaboration and “me” are showing up more and more. Each participating organization is being asked to help drive towards modernization, cooperate with peers, reduce duplicative work, support on & off premise efforts and develop/adopt industry best practices. At each stage within this collaboration, the “me” is split. Some of the “me” is focused on how collaborating on an industry wide solution help “me” & my organization. The remaining are focused on how collaboration can drive impactful change within the industry.

Trusted Content That Our Customers Count On..Anytime, Everywhere

The good news is that collaboration at it’s core can help you achieve so much if you are able to internalize the goals and understand how your teammates are also.  Industry efforts in particular like the TBA, are being driven to enact change, bring awareness to opportunities for improvement and enable all participants in the multi-tiered system to  benefit from the collaboration.  

One of the hallmarks of 1WorldSync is how we view our customer community.  We are partners in continually improving our offerings, addressing industry opportunities and driving towards innovation that will help position our customers in the driver seat for years to come.  

If you are not part of one of our 1WorldSync Groups, I highly encourage you to email Brandon White, our Global Community Engagement Manager. And if you happen to be part of the beer, wine and spirits industry please let us know if you would be interested in collaborating with us there too! Other questions? Don’t forget to reference our FAQ if you haven’t already.

Lights, Camera, Action: 1WorldSync AUG 2017 Awaits!

We hope that you are as excited as we are about the 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group, Americas co-located with GS1 Connect, June 19th & 20th taking place in Las Vegas! With a couple weeks to spare before this highly anticipated event, 1WorldSync is busy rolling out the green carpet for you.

It’s officially the era of trusted product content and we guarantee an amazing show in an amazing city! We will give your  team the cutting edge, with sessions from the industry’s leading speakers, the hottest topics and some world-class networking.

Here are some insights around the speakers, topics and collaboration sessions  that will make it all the more easier for you to make your grand entrance.  

Big Questions: Why, What, How and Where?

Over the past year there has been a significant amount of discussion on these 4 main questions.   Throughout the event, our speakers and sessions will help answer to these questions, and provide you best practices & direction to change the conversation within your organization.  So lets get started:

The event itself spans 2 days, starting at 11 am PDT on Monday June 19th with our Master of Ceremony – Ken Yontz welcoming the audience and diving into the first question: Why.  Why are we on this product content journey?  Why are we being asked for and providing more content?  Why are specific regulations being passed and what is behind them?  Who is asking for the information and why?  Why is there a growing need for Product Content?

How Reynolds New PIM Implementation Cultivated Trust in Data and Decisions

We then will take a break for a networking lunch, and come back to a session led by Vernetta McDowell from Reynolds Consumer Products focusing on the next question, What.  What has Reynolds done to address the growing need for product content and how have they partnered with 1WorldSync and others to develop a solution that enables them to scale to meet the growing content demands from their customers.

Collaboration Is Everything

The Collaboration breakouts are next.  A feature from the 2016 Annual User Group, the audience will break out into 3 different groups and engage in 3 round robin topics designed around the 3rd question, How.  3 different sets of thought leaders from organizations like Dot Foods, The Kellogg Company, Smucker, Target, Tyson, and Walgreens will lead conversations on how do we get better?  

How can we be more transparent in what content is available vs. what content is needed?  How can organizations internally source content more effectively?  How can organizations better build process and governance to deliver product content more efficiently?   With the goal at the end of the conversation to be a starting point for the biggest how question: How can we as a community drive towards more efficient solutions and processes that meet the expanding content needs of the end consumers?

Teleflex: Generating Value Beyond Compliance With UDI

After a quick break we will move back into the main conference area, where Mark Hoyle from Teleflex will provide insights into how they are addressing the need within the Healthcare industry around UDI compliance and where 1WorldSync has help them meet the content need.

Win Consumers On the Path to Purchase With 1WorldSync

The last session for Day 1 focuses on the upcoming November GDSN release and how you can prepare for any changes that are coming.  1WorldSync’s own Cristina Macias will be leading this session, providing you with insight around the release, what tools and documentation is in place to help you prepare for the release, and offer insight around testing and services to help meet the changes coming on November 4th.

Day 2 Kicks off with some of the 1WorldSync Community Co-chairs sharing their insights into past activity, and their vision for where they want the groups to grow.  Some of the co-chairs providing insights are Greg Zwanziger from SuperValu (Recipient Share Group Chair) and Mark Whitman from Intalere (Healthcare Industry Group Chair).  We also have Eric Ginsberg from Sazerac and Tim McDaniel from Constellation Brands introducing of our latest industry group, Total Beverage Alcohol.

Our highlighted feature of the conference then follows.  Harris Diamand from 1WorldSync will be hosting a tonight show style panel, where featured guests, Nick Kaufman from Kroger and Jean-Marc Klopfenstein will provide insight into where their organizations are innovating and where they see the industry moving in the coming year.

We will wrap up 2017 Annual User Group with some insights and highlights of innovation from 1WorldSync.  New solutions, industry efforts 1WorldSync is innovating to support and areas we are planning on growing will be features of this session.

Stairwell to Product Content Heaven

We at 1WorldSync are looking forward to seeing you at the event, and encourage you to download the 1WorldSync App on your mobile.  Please search for 1WorldSync Events in the App Store.

On it you will get up-to-date insights, speaker bios and details around the sessions.  You can also provide feedback around the sessions and the event overall which we are going to use for 2018 planning. Let’s get this show on the road!

1WorldSync Proudly Presents: The Bar Method!

Wait, that isn’t right. Let me get this started a bit differently.  What happens when an industry, like beer, wine & spirits starts to realize the item spec data and images they are utilizing throughout the sector needs to be standardized and electronically shared within the multi-tiered distribution channel to meet the digital demand for today’s world?

If you are Beam Suntory, Constellation Brands, and Sazerac, you work with a trusted industry leader, 1WorldSync, to build out an industry community group focused on evolving the digital product content model with a drive for efficiencies.

Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) is a newly formed 1WorldSync industry group co-founded by these companies to lead modernization of how product specs and images are managed and digitally shared in the Beer, Wine & Spirits industry.   

The TBA group creates value by:

  • Collaborating across all aspects of the multi-tiered system to reduce duplicative work
  • Creating solutions & processes that support On & Off Premise channels  
  • Expanding Brand Ownership models both in the US and abroad
  • Leveraging Standardization to increase efficiencies in digital specs and images to promote consistency in all verticals

Who is a part of the TBA group?  

Apart from the co-founders, there are brewers, controlled States, major retailers, international operators, convenience stores, major US distributors and industry associations.

Each provide unique insights into the Beer, Wine & Spirits industry. In bringing this group together, the goal is to ensure that the entire industry was represented. As we continue to evolve the group, we will be looking to expand the membership further.

What are they going to work on?  

The TBA group will be working on driving consistent accurate, complete, and timely set of standard item specs & digital images that can be electronically shared which will support the item setup and maintenance process.

When does this all start?  

It has been in the planning stages for roughly 6 months, and as those of you who are able to attend the 2017 Annual User Group session in Las Vegas on June 19-20, the effort is already underway!  

The first major meeting of the group will be on July 20th to discuss the goals for this year and what major actions need to be taken to drive change.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group, Americas!

At 1WorldSync, we are dedicated to providing our community with collaborative platforms for open engagement and industry alignment. Input from the 1WorldSync community drives our efforts to provide collaborative platforms that deliver information and interactions that benefit our customers. 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group (AUG), Americas is a collaborative event that provides this platform for our customers to engage, interact and share best practices, community needs, and encourage user-lead information sharing. In preparation for this worthy event, below are my personal Top 5 Reasons to attend this year’s 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group, Americas held in Las Vegas, NV on June 19-20, 2017.

  1. Vegas here we come! Site of the Elvis comeback, the Bellagio fountains, amazing food, and even the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower!  Okay to be fair the last 2 aren’t the “real” ones, but you get the gist.  It is an amazing event hosted in an amazing city.
  2. How you network in Vegas, doesn’t have to stay in Vegas….  In the past, I connected with peers I knew, created new ones and formed relationships that helped us learn from one another.  AUG allows us as a community to explore opportunities and discover solutions that impact industries while allowing organizations across multiple industries the opportunity to network.
  3. Not married? You will be married…to Product Content.  In regards to product content, 1WorldSync strives to achieve excellence in providing accurate and trustworthy product content to our customers, and understanding where the industries as a whole are moving and our customer’s needs has helped to refine our company’s path. As we share authentic, trusted content with customers and consumers, we empower them to make the right choices, purchases, health and lifestyle decisions.
  4. Where the Sky’s the Limit.  After participating in multiple Annual User Group events, I am continuously surprised to learn something new from our attendees and their presentations.  It amazes me still that having been a part of this event  for 10+ years, each year generates more innovation and new perspectives.  Becoming educated on standard changes, innovations within the marketplace and how this impacts our organization always provided value and insight.
  5. The city of Bright Lights and a Bright Future for the 1WorldSync Community.  One of the things you can depend on being discussed during our Annual User Groups are seeing what innovations & solutions 1WorldSync is developing in order to continue to improve capabilities for our community members. Our plans demonstrate our commitment to our customers and the path we are working towards to continuously add value to the 1WorldSync Community.  

With the leadership and guidance of our customers, I promise that this year’s Annual User Group, Americas will be a power packed two-day event filled with collaboration, engagement and best practice learning.

Be sure to follow us @1WorldSync on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to hear more from us through our exclusive #RoadtoAUG17. We hope to see you in Vegas!

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1WorldSync Exclusive Community Benefits – Get the most out of DC

As 1WorldSync’s self-proclaimed community enabler, I am beyond excited to offer the 1WorldSync Community exclusive access to industry innovators who are excelling in today’s digital world. We invite you to to meet experts from Walgreen’s, Tyson, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson and more!

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Top 5 Reasons to attend 1WorldSync 2016 Annual User Group, Americas

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At 1WorldSync, we are dedicated to providing our community with collaborative platforms for open engagement and industry alignment. Input from the 1WorldSync community drives our efforts to provide collaborative platforms that deliver information and interactions that benefit our customers. The WorldSync 2016 Annual User Group, Americas provides this platform for our customers to engage, interact and share best practices, community needs and encourage user-lead information sharing. Below are my personal Top 5 Reasons to attend this year’s Annual User Group, Americas.
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Translate images into dollars

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but, in today’s economy, it’s also worth thousands of dollars.

Understanding the importance of digital assets seems second nature.  A product’s main image is the salesman at 3:30 am when someone is shopping online.  It’s customer support in the shape of a digitized instruction manual and the differentiator during a product comparison.

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Shopping for Quality Content

Recently, I became a father and with that came a bunch of new purchases; changing tables, bath toys, strollers…this was all new to me.  Each new item brought a new set of buying requirements (mostly from my wife).  I didn’t know we needed a certain diaper type for night time, or that a stroller had to be easy to turn and collapse (that is key, actually!).  I was merely going off of the experiences of our friends, basing my buying decisions on recommendations and price.

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4 Steps to Delivering High Quality Product Information Using the GDSN

The need for product information is on the rise; everyone wants it and everyone needs it. From your procurement officer to your end consumer, product information is impacting your business’s bottom line. Whether that impact is positive or negative is greatly dependent on the quality of your product information. Enabling your business to deliver high quality product information sets your business up for success in today’s market place. As the global leader in enabling trusted product information exchange, 1WorldSync has identified 4 key steps to delivering quality product information to trading partners:

  1. Understand what information is needed to support your products
    a. Discover what information is needed to register your items within the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)
    i. Some required information needed to register your items in the Global Registry includes:
    1. Global Location Number (GLN)
    2. Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), make sure to follow the GTIN allocation rules
    3. Understanding how to build Product Hierarchies
    b. Visit the Landing pages of the Recipients you wish to publish data to in order to understand the specific content requirements each recipient is looking for on your products.
    i. Understand what Top-off attributes are needed to ensure a complete item record is published to your recipients. These may or may not be part of a standard GDSN attribute set.
    ii. Some of the Recipients have provided a portal for you to see their entire requirements. An example of this is Kroger’s VIP Portal access.
    iii. Utilize tools like The Attribute Graph (TAG) to gain further insight into the requirements across multiple recipients at one time.
  2. Build up a process for information gathering and governance to ensure you product records meet the information needs of your recipients.
    a. Gather the needed information or attributes of your product discovered during step 1. These attributes may be stored in several locations across your organization.
    i. GDSN Core
    ii. Recipient Core
    iii. Recipient Extended information sets
    iv.  Digital Assets
    b. Instituting a foundation of Data Governance at the start
    i. Understanding who owns the information or attributes and values within your organization
    ii. Is there a cleanup processed needed on your information to ensure it meets all requirements discovered in Step 1?
  3. Determine the right distribution method to get your content to your recipients through GDSN
    a. Automated information uploads and publications utilizing XML
    b. Manual Portal entry
    c. Select a data loading service
  4. Maintain and Support your product information. Once you synchronize your information to the recipient, the process has not finished.  There may be specific clarifications or inconsistencies that you need to address.  Also recipients are continuing to expand their need for information on your products.
    a. Review Data Accuracy Score Cards provided by recipients to highlight information challenges.
    b. Stay up to date on the latest recipient requirements
    i. Landing Pages
    ii. TAG
    c. Utilize the business and governance processes put into place during step 2.
    i. Information is constantly changing as marketing and brand owners continue to customize and position their products towards specific end consumers. These changes in information need to flow to your recipients to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction for your products.
    ii. Digital Assets are the face of your product in a digital world. If there are changes to the package, a new image is needed.

Read more about how global industry leaders are leveraging 1WorldSync to enable their businesses for trusted product information exchange. Click here to learn more.