All posts by Medha Pratap

Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing

Karin Borchert Appointed CEO and Managing Director of 1WorldSync

1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions and a joint venture developed by GS1 US® and GS1 Germany, has appointed Karin Borchert Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Karin joined 1WorldSync on July 19th and will be responsible for driving the company’s operations and global strategy to deliver end-to-end product content aggregation and distribution for industry. She will be based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, while maintaining a strong presence in the company’s other offices in Cologne, Germany and Chicago, Illinois. Continue reading

Let’s Get Real! Transparency Totally Transforms Product Content

Food contamination costs the food industry $55.5 billion (Fortune 2016).

Historically, the foodservice industry has focused on how to manufacture, distribute and sell items. However, in recent years, there has been a shift and product content transparency is a key component driving buyer behavior.

Consumers are increasingly active participants in product attribution, basing their purchasing decisions on information beyond the standard product label to attributes like ingredient origins and composition. There are also more government regulations around menu labeling and nutritional standards that foodservice manufacturers, brokers and distributors must address.

FoodLogiq & 1WorldSync: Powerful Alone, Better Together

1WorldSync, the leading multi-enterprise product information network, and FoodLogiQ, are in a close partnership to provide the entire spectrum of the food supply industry with a supply chain traceability solution that delivers transparency while tackling food safety and compliance issues.

“Food industry trends are changing fast—sometimes faster than what you and your supply chain can keep up with. From the customer demand for transparency to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandate for better processes, traceability is no longer just a nice-to-have asset. Without this sort of insight, keeping up with the evolving industry will be highly problematic, if not impossible,” says Dean Wiltse, CEO of FoodLogiQ.

“The fresh food industry has struggled in the past in figuring out a way to engage in true data synchronization with their retail and foodservice partners,” explains Nick Manzo, Global Omni-Channel Lead at 1WorldSync. “1WorldSync’s product information and fresh industry solutions coupled with FoodLogiQ’s enhanced traceability and supply chain management capabilities allows the fresh industry an opportunity to be fully engaged in global product information sharing.”

Turning Global Food Supply Chain Transparency Into Shopper Insights

As supply chains expand,transparency and traceability are strategic initiatives for businesses within the food industry. Ingredients and labeling is increasingly mandatory, not just because of FSMA and regulations but because customers are demanding it.

On September 21st, join industry leaders from FoodLogiQ and 1WorldSync for a compelling webinar on:

  • The challenges and market forces in delivering safe and quality food products to the consumer and driving supply chain transparency
  • How companies are adopting transparency and traceability to drive business goals
  • The technology and skills needed to ensure customer loyalty while protecting your brand

 

 

References

“Why Our Food Keeps Making Us Sick” – Fortune.  6 May 2016. http://fortune.com/food-contamination/

Getting Started with SmartLabel

Take a Cue from Coke

Are you thinking about getting started with the GMA SmartLabel™ initiative? Take a cue from Coke. The world’s largest beverage company has long encouraged consumers to “share a Coke.” Now, it’s gearing up to share a whole lot more when it comes to product information and transparency.

The company said last month that its SmartLabel Coca-Cola program is quickly ramping up. In fact, Coke has already applied Smart Label QR codes to half of its volume. And, it plans to have all of its beverage packaging SmartLabel ready by early 2018!

That’s a pretty strong message from a trend-setting, consumer-obsessed company like Coca-Cola. For manufacturers of food, beverages and consumer packaged goods (CPG), it’s time to pay very close attention to the story your product content is telling. You must be prepared to communicate product transparency, reaching the consumer in their channel of choice. SmartLabel helps you do that.

Here’s the challenge. For many companies, SmartLabel can be a significant undertaking considering the number of products they manufacture. After all, each unique item (including flavor, size, etc.) requires three components:

  • a unique Smart Label QR code
  • consumer-ready product content,
  • and a SmartLabel webpage.

The point is, getting all of your product information onto SmartLabel can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance it doesn’t have to be.

E-Book: Your SmartLabel Questions Answered by the Experts

Your product content experts EnterWorks and 1WorldSync have teamed up to produce an e-book on how you can go beyond the label with SmartLabel. Let us help you get started!

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How Reynolds New PIM Implementation Cultivated Trust in Data and Decisions

Reynolds Consumer Products Company was faced with the challenge of decommissioning an existing Product Information Management (PIM) solution that would no longer be supported.

At the same time, retailer demands for additional pieces of information about their products made it crucial to implement a solution that could easily handle the growing number of attributes required, allowing for both automated and manual data entry.

Reynolds PIM Rehaul

Their challenges were best summarized around:

People

  • Lack of Understanding
  • No engagement with GS1 and standards
  • Failure to leverage 1Worldsync

Processes

  • Informal Processes
  • Reliance on tribal knowledge
  • Lack of buy-in from leadership

Systems

  • Product Information Management (PIM) inadequate to meet growing needs
    • Data Accuracy
    • Efficiency
    • Attribute Expansions
    • Omni-channel
  • “All PIMs must be alike” mentality

Getting In-Sync with 1WorldSync & LANSA

To accomplish these objectives, Reynolds decided that they needed a new PIM that could:

  • replicate the functionality of their existing solution
  • provide more robust integration and workflows
  • offer improved validations and messaging to streamline troubleshooting
  • syndicate data across an increasingly vast omnichannel ecosystem

In order to fully realize the benefits of product content management, Reynolds turned to 1WorldSync and LANSA for a PIM technology solution and implementation expertise.

To implement the solution seamlessly, Reynolds enlisted the help of product content experts, the 1WorldSync Professional Services team, whose best-in-class product content management strategy and wealth of expertise would support their vision.  

Premium access to 1WorldSync’s world-class data pool solution certified for the GS1 Global Data Standardization Network™ (GDSN®) provided Reynolds with a full end-to-end global content aggregation and product distribution solution.

1WorldSync leveraged their long-standing partnership with LANSA, a leading GDSN Connector solution, providing supply-side connectivity. Both companies have a proven history of working together, since 2001, and have successfully completed many joint customer engagements by simplifying Item Management Processes through thought leadership and technology.

Reynolds – Enabling Trusted Content Everytime in Every Channel

The initial decision of choosing 1WorldSync to manage the engagement ensured Reynolds would benefit from 1WorldSync industry experience and provide a best practice approach to data quality and delivery. Selecting LANSA Data Sync Direct for aggregation, validation and syndication of item data, Reynolds has a solution to address today’s requirements and positions them for future change.

“Thanks to 1WorldSync and LANSA, there was a significant improvement to our current state, and the capability to distribute non-GDSN product information to the Kroger VIP.”

~Vernetta McDowell, Director of Sales and Operations Planning, Reynolds

To read more about how the 1WorldSync/LANSA Data Sync Direct Solution was instrumental in a highly configurable solution with trusted and accurate product information management at Reynolds, download our case study.

1WorldSync Recognizes 2017 Industry Leaders with Power of 1 Awards for Transformative Product Content Practices

1WorldSync is recovering from the high of yet another successful power packed 2017 Annual User Group, co-located with GS1 Connect in Las Vegas. The event summed up two days of collaboration, engagement, best practices and fun (we repeat Las Vegas!)

We also announced the recipients of the 2017 1WorldSync Power of 1 Awards. These awards honor organizations that have displayed exceptional leadership and made a significant impact in transforming their product content practices to address the ever-growing demand for trusted product information by consumers in all industries.

The recipients were recognized during the 2017 1WorldSync Power of 1 Networking Reception held on June 19, 2017.

They Came, They Saw, They Conquered…With Trusted Content

The Compass Award: Dick Tracy, Dot Foods, Inc

Dick Tracy, President of Dot Foods, Inc., received the prestigious 1WorldSync Compass Award for his individual contribution in driving next generation product content initiative practices in the industry.

The 1nnovation Award: Tyson Foods & H-E-B

The 1nnovation Award, shines a light on the creative spirit of an organization, was handed to Tyson Foods and H-E-B. Both companies have focused on innovative solutions to power the exchange of trusted product content that customers can count on.

The Quality1 Award: Teleflex, Inc. & Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Teleflex Incorporated and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were presented with the Quality1 Award. These organizations adopted best practices to significantly raise the standards in sharing compelling, engaging and consistent product content with their customers, stakeholders and trading partners.

The 1Community Award: Joint Industry Council

The 1Community Award was presented to the 1WorldSync Joint Industry Council consisting of Dot Foods, The J.M. Smucker Company, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, The Kroger Company, The Procter & Gamble Co., Target Corporation, Tyson Foods, Walgreens, and Walmart Stores Inc.  Over the past year, the Joint Industry Council  has been a vital thought partner for the 1WorldSync community and has driven strategic initiatives that deliver value and measurable benefits for industry trading partners.

Winning Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With 1WorldSync

Chief Commercial Officer, Dan Wilkinson states “On behalf of the entire 1WorldSync community, I congratulate the 2017 1WorldSync Power of 1 Award recipients. The companies exemplify industry leadership excellence by consistently driving improved supply chain efficiency, increased product information transparency, enhanced cross-channel commerce initiatives, and reliable and trusted product content everytime, everywhere.”

At 1WorldSync, we are dedicated to providing our community with collaborative platforms for open engagement and industry alignment. The Power of 1 adds up to empowering our consumers with trusted content to make informed decisions regarding purchases, health and well-being.

It’s a wrap for Annual User Group 2017 and we can’t wait to see everyone at Annual User Group 2018!

Go Beyond The Label With SmartLabel

In Charting Course for Global Commerce, a recent study by 1WorldSync, 78 percent of merchants report their product content exchange system cannot keep up with enhanced consumer demands for transparency.

Let’s Get Real! Transparency Totally Transforms Product Content

Yet product content transparency is a key component driving buyer behavior. Consumers are increasingly active participants in product attribution, basing their purchasing decisions on information beyond the standard product label to attributes like ingredient origins and composition.

SmartLabel is a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and leading food & beverage companies. By enabling shoppers to scan QR codes on products for nutritional content, they have instant access to information on thousands of products instantly.

Moreover SmartLabel provides consumers with access to more than 350 product attributes including allergens, specific ingredients, usage instructions etc.  By the end of 2017, an estimated 34,000 food products will disclose whether they do, may or do not contain ingredients sourced from genetically modified crops.

Enter 1WorldSync

1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, recognizes that the SmartLabel is among a number of transparency related programs that are important to your business, including for product safety, quality and corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

Our commitment stands in helping to establish and execute a comprehensive content distribution strategy across the enterprise, within a single platform. We know that sourcing the right product content to meet evolving consumer demands can be challenging.

Trusted Content Anytime = Smarter Content Everywhere

By providing rich, robust content in the palms of consumers’ hands, 1WorldSync provides a full suite of solutions to help companies evaluate, test and implement a best-practice SmartLabelprogram.

The 1WorldSync SmartLabel Solution offers a seamless and efficient way to fulfill the industry initiative requirements. We can:

  • PREPARE your product content for SmartLabel compliance and distribution
  • CAPTURE and aggregate your product content in compliance with SmartLabel specifications
  • MANAGE product content from multiple entry points to ensure complete and accurate SmartLabel product content
  • DISTRIBUTE product information via a SmartLabel-compliant landing page for consumer access and consumption  

You are invited to participate in our SmartLabel™ webinar, hosted by the GMA, on Thursday, June 1 at 2 pm ET that will showcase 1WorldSync’s core competencies to help you implement SmartLabel™.

UDI: Generating Value Beyond Compliance

Getting to Good Data in the GUDID*

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation mandates that UDI data for Class I medical devices to be submitted with an impending deadline of September 24, 2020.  This has made medical device manufacturers on a global basis, readying their organizations for compliance. As a leading healthcare provider or manufacturer, do you find yourself asking yourself the following questions?

  • What is the scope of products impacted (exempted or not)?
  • What are my obligations under FDA UDI regulation?
  • How do I transform compliance into a competitive advantage?
  • How can I source my data from multiple locations, formats and systems, controlled by different functions?
  • How can I ensure the data I provide to the FDA is complete and accurate?

1WorldSync & Innovit Join Forces

Innovit,  a global provider of software solutions for PIM (Product Information Management), MDM (Master Data Management), GDSN (Global Data Synchronization) and Enterprise Workflow Management, and 1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions, possess a collaborative agreement to enable more robust product content capabilities for the medical device industry.

Whilst manual data entry or Excel spreadsheet upload may have been a viable solution for Class II & III submission deadlines, Class I poses a much greater challenge for labelers.  The sheer volume of products in this category makes manual submission methods too slow.  High product volume increases the burden of data collection, data cleansing and data entry to the GUDID.  The risk of failing to meet FDA’s deadline increases substantially.  

Innovit’s ‘UDI Multi-Connector’ is an automated, machine-to-machine data validation and submission system designed to address today’s needs for GUDID, as well as tomorrow’s needs for other global UDI recipients such as EUDAMED, NHS, and more.    

Whether your organization relies on a HIBC or a GTIN (or you’re looking for definitions on what those terms mean), 1WorldSync offers multiple solutions to send your data to the FDA. A primary benefit of submitting data through a 1WorldSync solution is that the data collected can be easily sent to other recipients, including GPOs, distributors, and other healthcare providers.

With the 1WorldSync UDI Solution, your business can prepare and validate medical device product information before the compliance deadline, giving you more time to focus on producing the quality products your customers and patients love.

One Process, One System and One-time Investment for Compliance. Advanced Readiness

Get ahead of the game and get back the time to focus on producing quality products your customers and patients love! For organizations manufacturing medical devices, 1WorldSync & Innovit experts can help organization prepare to meet the September 24, 2018 deadline through our comprehensive solutions.

Manufacturers can create a sustainable process to collect, manage, and distribute product content to all their UDI recipients, including FDA GUDID, EUDAMED, NHS, and others.

Make plans to visit Innovit and 1WorldSync at the UDI Conference taking place June 7-8 in Baltimore. Learn UDI implementation strategies and identify a sustainable process to successfully publish product content to the GUDID from our experts first-hand!

*GUDID – Global Unique Device Identification Database

UDI: One Cost for Compliance. Advanced Readiness

1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, recently entered into a collaborative agreement with ReedTech, a provider of data management and analytics solutions for the life sciences industry, to enable more robust product content solutions for the medical device industry.

1WorldSync™ & Reed Tech® Join Forces

Through the integration of data exchange capabilities from 1WorldSync with Reed Tech medical device product data management solutions, the two organizations together are able to offer device manufacturers a single full-service approach to device product data management.

“This collaboration will allow the medical device industry to receive expanded, customizable offerings to meet current and future challenges,” said Dan Wilkinson, Chief Commercial Officer at 1WorldSync. “Our agreement benefits customers of both companies, enabling more robust product content support to meet the continually changing mandates and regulations in healthcare.”

Ethan Eisner, VP of Global Commercial Markets at Reed Tech, also indicated his enthusiasm for the project. “Reed Tech is a leader for medical device product data management solutions, including Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulatory filings to the FDA. Our organizations are well-aligned to offer superior value to our customers through a single solution capitalizing on the strengths and expertise of both companies. We are excited about the addition of GDSN capabilities into our medical device data management solutions.”

Generating Value Beyond Compliance

With a single, full-service solution from 1WorldSync and Reed Tech, you can feel confident in your company’s product content and rededicate your time to producing the quality products your customers and patients need.

1WorldSync and Reed Tech can help your organization manage and capitalize on the value of your product content, syndicating to trading partners to fulfill requirements of governmental authorities (such as FDA UDI and UK NHS eProcurement) and buyers (such as GPOs and influential hospital networks).

Visit 1WorldSync (booth #6) and Reed Tech (booth #20) at the UDI Conference in Baltimore June 7-8. Learn UDI implementation strategies and identify a sustainable process to successfully manage your device product content from our experts first-hand!

On May 23, Reed Tech and 1WorldSync will co-present a free webinar for industry members on how to meet the UK NHS eProcurement deadline and provide product data to buyers. Register now!

Win Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With Trusted Product Content

88% of consumers say that detailed product content is extremely or very important to their purchasing decision. (Google Shopping Guide, 2016).

Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile.  Accurate, rich and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight.

One may think that managing product content and data is easy, but the challenges include:

  • 10’s enterprise systems in typical back end to manage product data.
  • 100’s people sourcing, aggregating, cleansing data needed for commerce.
  • 1000’s trading partners requiring exchange data with in a variety of formats.
  • 10,000’s of websites, apps and 3rd parties, representing your product/brand to the consumer.

1WorldSync Omni-Channel Data Study: Charting Course for Connected Commerce

A new data study commissioned by 1WorldSync highlighted many of the key challenges suppliers and retailers face when trying to achieve true cross-commerce capabilities.  The study surveyed 400 merchants and suppliers from Europe and the U.S. with more than $500 million in annual revenue, and uncovered key insights into the struggles that are faced in today’s omni-channel world.

Key findings suggest that a majority of merchants and suppliers are not fully prepared to meet the varied demands of modern customers. One major data highlight emerged:

Lack of content solutions hamper success: Half of merchants and suppliers do not use a third-party content provider, which hinders their ability to syndicate product content across channels and platforms.

Trusted Content, Everytime, Everywhere

Brands and retailers need trusted, experienced experts to help them on their product content journey towards a single source of truth!

On May 24, 1WorldSync is pleased to partner with Progressive Grocer and GMA and host a webinar on how to “Win Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With Trusted Product Content”.

Join industry leaders from Tyson, Mondelez and 1WorldSync for a compelling discussion and Q&A on:

  • The evolution of the product content journey from supply chain to cross-channel commerce
  • How trusted content is curated and delivered anytime, everywhere
  • How to influence consumers with trusted product content strategies on the path to purchase
  • How to effectively navigate hurdles encountered while integrating cross-channel capabilities

Register Today!

 

Enabling Trusted Content Everytime in Every Channel

The majority of consumers (88%) say that detailed product content is extremely or very important to their purchasing decision (Google Shopping Guide, 2016).

Accurate and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight. As digital pre-shopping, such as product research and comparative reviews, increasingly influence the shopping journey, so too increases consumer reliance on consumable content.

EnterWorks & 1WorldSync Q&A

This week, 1WorldSync’s Director of Professional Services, Data Source Solutions, Vanessa Lin, and EnterWorks CEO Rick Chavie joined for a Q&A. Together, they discussed the drivers of cross channel commerce and how EnterWorks and 1WorldSync are joining forces to pave the path for trusted content.

Vanessa Lin:

How is EnterWorks seeing new regulations and data requirements changing the way businesses must manage/distribute data?

Rick Chavie:

We have entered a new era of data standards. Whether it is the Google GTIN update last year which mandated that all brand-name products include the manufacturer-assigned GTIN number or the FDA regulations on nutritional content effective in May 2017, the growing insistence on data quality means online sellers including retailers, brands, and distributors must invest more in time, resources, and digital competencies to update product feeds continuously.

But the imposition of a single view of standard content across channels, while being pushed by the industry and government, pales in comparison to the role that the consumer is playing in driving the expectations for content to a new level.  Fickle or not, loyal or opportunistic, the consumer is now accustomed to having content that they need regarding their preferred products at their fingertips.  Correspondingly, the cost of poor and inconsistent content mounts as sellers increasingly realize that they now compete on content for share of mind and wallet.

Vanessa Lin:

Agreed! Competing with trusted product content consumers can rely on is critical. Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile. What areas has EnterWorks observed where consumers are driving change?

Rick Chavie:

This is the age of content enthusiasts. Forrester Analyst Carlton Doty recently described our post-digital world, saying “customers aren’t just empowered by digital technology – they’re actually entitled. They think they deserve something, they want it now, and if you can’t provide it, they will quickly find it somewhere else.”  

Retailers, manufacturers and distributors must consider not only the effectiveness of product data, but how their content tells a story and creates differentiated experiences. Compelling, trusted product information that is consistent across channels is key. That’s where Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions can help, by enabling companies to acquire, manage and transform product information into persuasive content. This content then drives higher sales and new competitive strengths through e-commerce Web, mobile, print and in-store digital channels.

Vanessa Lin:

Indeed, today’s shopping experience is driven by ‘I need to know’ moments for consumers. Given the consumer’s lofty expectations for an integrated cross-channel shopping experience, there is a steady race to remain relevant in a hyper-competitive retail environment.

A new data study commissioned by 1WorldSync highlighted some of the key challenges suppliers and retailers face when trying to achieve true cross-commerce capabilities.  For example, over half (53 percent) of merchants and suppliers experience a knowledge gap internally when it comes to understanding the value of cross-channel capabilities.

Let’s talk about how 1WorldSync and EnterWorks are working together to provide an end-to-end solution.

Rick Chavie:

The successful partnership between EnterWorks and 1WorldSync continues to hit exciting milestones, ushering in new clients, opportunities, and a powerful go-to-market strategy.

This builds on our news last year that EnterWorks received certification on Major Release 3 from 1WorldSync. The MjR3 certification expands the functionality for EnterWorks customers already connected to GDSN, and offers new users of EnterWorks’ PIM and MDM solutions the most advanced bi-directional data publishing and synchronization tools available.

Vanessa Lin:

Thanks, Rick! Overall, the EnterWorks/1WorldSync partnership brings enhanced access to richer, trusted product content to clients around the globe. We invite readers to learn more about the benefits of our partnership here.

1WorldSync and EnterWorks will both be exhibiting at GS1Connect on June 20-22 in Las Vegas. Visit EnterWorks booth #5 or 1WorldSync booth #17 to learn how the joint PIM solution can help your business.

Learn more about EnterWorks Enable GDSN Solution utilizing the 1WorldSync connector.

References

Have What It Takes To Win In A Post-Digital World? Forrester 2016 http://blogs.forrester.com/carlton_doty/16-05-04-have_what_it_takes_to_win_in_a_post_digital_world