All posts by Medha Pratap

Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing

1WorldSync: Trustworthy Content, Anytime, Everywhere

88% of consumers say product content is extremely important to their purchasing decision. As a result, vendors are being asked to provide accurate and complete content to trading partners in order to enhance the shopper experience.

What is the GDSN?

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) enables trading partners to globally share trusted product content.

Don’t waste countless hours uploading data to individual portals. You can benefit from:

  • Data Upload to a Single SourceEliminate duplicate efforts! You can instantly publish your data to your DIY/Hardlines, Healthcare, CPG-Retail and Foodservice industry partners across different verticals and countries.
  • Consistency via GS1 Data Standards: The GS1 data standards enable standardization and obsoletion of specific attribute profiles.
  • Central Control: Gain central control and ease over your product content updates.
  • Data Publication: Publish your data to all or specific trading partners. e.g. private labels

1WorldSync: Globally Exchange Product Content in the GDSN

1WorldSync is jointly owned by the member organizations of GS1 US and GS1 Germany, the preeminent global organization for the development of global standards, for identifying, capturing and sharing product information.

1WorldSync has the largest number of items in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) with 80% of GDSN data activity enabled by the 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud supporting more than 25,000 brands and retailers in over 60 countries.

1WorldSync is the only GDSN Data Pool for product information services with ISO certification & applied standards and we offer global scalability – multi-lingual product and customer support services, serving the CPG-Retail, Foodservice, Healthcare and Hardlines/DIY industries.

Trusted Content Matters

Do you want to learn how we enable companies to distribute trusted product content to your customers via the GDSN and beyond? 1WorldSync understands that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content matters.

Visit 1WorldSync, in Booth #310, at the 2018 50th Anniversary NETWORK Supplier Trade Show being held on April 15-18 in Las Vegas.

Empower your consumers to make data driven decisions on their path to purchase.

 

How Kellogg Has Stayed Ahead of the Demand for Product Content Transparency

Accurate, rich and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight. Today’s consumers immediately turn to their mobile devices when contemplating making a purchase.

A wealth of information is a mere tap away via our smartphone apps and a poor experience can be easily replaced with another viable option a click away.

No one understands this evolution more than the Kellogg Company, who has been producing nutritious and delicious food products across the globe for decades.

Kellogg Delivers Rich Trusted Product Content Anytime, Everywhere

Since 2001, Kellogg has worked with 1WorldSync to help synchronize product content to retailers, ensuring accurate information and efficient item setup so that consumers could purchase the products they desired.

In more recent years, this partnership has strengthened as the organizations work together to meet the increasing consumer demand for product information and transparency

“Transparency is important for Kellogg. Thanks to 1WorldSync, we can deliver product information to our customers and consumers in a reliable and useful way. With this information, we are able to engage in more meaningful conversations with our consumers and delight them with the information they desire,” said Todd Hufford, Director, Global Digital Operations and Enablement, Kellogg Company.

Read our recent case study which shares how the LANSA and 1WorldSync’s partnership helped Kellogg provide richer product content, meet the growing retail and consumer demands, and support industry-specific functionality for transparency.

Top 6 Reasons to Attend 1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group

Every year, 1WorldSync hosts 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.

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for 1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group (AUG), co-located with GS1 Connect*.

This highly anticipated event will be held on June 4 in Phoenix.

Who Should Attend?

This event is exclusive to 1WorldSync customers. We invite attendees that hold the following job titles and specializations to participate:

Executives, Directors, Managers, Project Leads & Analysts in:

  • Data Standards/Synchronization
  • Information Technology
  • E-Commerce/Omni-Channel
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Operations & Quality/Safety/Compliance
  • Supply Chain Management

Why Attend?

In preparation for this worthy event, below are my personal top 6 reasons to attend.

  1. Amazing City. Amazing Show Witness world class experts share their expertise in engaging consumers on the path to purchase with trusted product content anytime, anywhere in Phoenix: Valley of the Sun.
  2. World Renowned Speakers Learn hot topics and trends from prominent industry leaders (past speakers include Kroger, Target, The Kellogg Company, Walgreens).
  3. Big Commitment. Bigger Benefits It is officially the era of trusted product content! Gain knowledge on critical implementation practices and developments from the best and brightest organizations.
  4. Best Practices Glean creative insights and engage in peer-led topic breakout groups that cover data quality, web ready content, digital commerce, and so much more.
  5. Networking Ninja Each year, more than 250 community members from the CPG/Grocery, Healthcare, Hardlines and Foodservice industry come together to network, discuss industry trends and share best practices.
  6. Return To The Office Rejuvenated Are you ready to jump start new programs and initiatives? We distill highlights from the event of all sessions with integrated slides which will be made available to all attendees post event.

For more information, contact us at events@1worldsync.com.

Early Bird Discount

Register by March 30 to save 15% off your GS1 Connect conference badge and use our discount code 18EXH10-AA-1 to receive an additional 10% off.

*Registration is in conjunction with purchasing a GS1 Connect conference pass.

Good Content Grows Sales – Grow Your Business With Amazon

According to FierceRetail, “Information about the product has grown to become as important as the product itself – influencing 56 cents of every dollar in retail sales.”

Amazon has always understood that the consumer is king and strived to provide a seamless shopping experience. Since, consumers don’t have the liberty to physically inspect and check the products while shopping online, product content they can trust is critical in order to judge a product. Without product content, Amazon has nothing to help their customers make confident buying decisions.

1WorldSync Partners with Amazon to Improve Product Content Completeness and Quality

Did you know that Amazon commands more than half of all product searches? Their website often gets more traffic than a single brand’s website with 55 percent of online shoppers starting their product searches on Amazon. Thus, it is imperative to ensure high-quality content about your brand.

For this reason, Amazon launched their Catalog Content Capture initiative. In partnership with 1WorldSync, Amazon has joined the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to make it easier for brands, manufacturers and distributors to address the challenges driven by low attribute coverage, data quality and receiving an automated catalog feed from trusted sources.

1WorldSync and Amazon have made it easier for brands, manufacturers and distributors to sell products and improve product content on Amazon in three ways:

  • Automation: The partnership provides an automated process for managing and distributing product information on different Amazon channels, including Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh.
  • Accuracy: The partnership improves the total accuracy of product content on Amazon.com by sourcing data from 1WorldSync’s trusted Product Information Cloud.
  • Comprehensiveness: Through GDSN, content on Amazon is standardized and validated through GS1 Global Standards.

Don’t Miss Out! March 1 & 5 Amazon Webinars

On March 1st at 1 pm EST or March 5th at 4 pm EST, join us for a compelling webinar with experts from Amazon’s Retail Product Management team. You will learn:

  • How Amazon’s Content Capture Initiative has driven improvements in product content quality and completeness.
  • How to provide an automated process to manage and distribute your product content to Amazon.
  • How to capitalize on Search Engine Optimization and make your product content highly discoverable.

2018: The Year of the Omni-Channel Brand

According to Aberdeen, companies with the strongest omnichannel customer engagement strategies retain an average of 89% of their customers, as compared to 33% for companies with weak omni-channel strategies.

Today many shoppers begin their product searches online and are discovering, researching, and buying products. Digital marketplaces like Amazon, Alibaba and Walmart rely on product content to drive every touchpoint across the customer journey.

It’s An Omni-Channel World After All!

Consumers now demand an “omni-channel” or seamless shopping experience across channels. They demand complete and accurate product content that builds trust, drives sales and ultimately  guarantees consumer loyalty.

By enabling products to stand out in a crowded omni-channel world, 1WorldSync delivers rich and trusted product content, including digital assets and insights – to engage customers and consumers – regardless of location or medium.

Get Discovered, Grow Sales and Optimize Your Content to Walmart & Beyond!

Are you ready to take control of your product’s brand by understanding how Walmart and other leading marketplace use your product content?

On February 28, at 12 pm CST, join 1WorldSync for an interactive webinar with Walmart to learn how leading brands are adopting strategies in to ensure their online presence is optimized.

You will learn about:

  • Today’s largest eCommerce players and how they are using your product content with a spotlight on Walmart.
  • How to control your brand message and protect your brand’s integrity.
  • How to avoid common pitfalls in product content strategy.
  • The digital shelf effect and what this means to product content collection.
  • How to take control of your product content on every step of the product content journey.

Best of 2017: Top 3 1WorldSync Webinars

Is it just me or is anyone else not ready to say goodbye to 2017 just yet? If you feel like you couldn’t keep up with all the webinars that 1WorldSync had to offer last year, no worries!

We have put together our top 3 webinars recordings for you to catch up on our trusted content that matters anytime, anywhere!

Win Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With Trusted Product Content

Did you know that nearly half of all merchants and suppliers (49%) do not use a third-party content provider?

Are you ready for a deep dive into the product content journey?

1WorldSync and Reynolds Consumer Products led a compelling webinar around why and how:

  • 1WorldSync stresses the importance of providing complete and consistent product content despite multiple channels.
  • Reynolds new Product Information Management technology cultivates trust in data and decisions.
  • authentic experiences are paramount in the age of the connected and ever-changing consumer, transparent commerce, and blurred lines between brick and click.

Managing The Product Content Explosion: Defining Data Quality

88% of consumers say that detailed product content is extremely or very important to their purchasing decision. Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile. What is the cost of bad product content to your organization?

1WorldSync led a webinar around how to:

  • determine your data quality and how this positively impacts your business.
  • leverage the data you already have in GDSN for e-commerce and omni-channel purposes.
  • start global transparency initiatives

Product Content Management in Your Rearview: A Look Back And A Look Forward

A lot happened in 2017. Amazon bought Wholefoods, Alibaba grew in America, companies like Tyson and P&G launched SmartLabel initiatives and so much more.

1WorldSync has been your product content partner committed to connecting your product content to consumers.

Are you committed to your product content journey that will drive tomorrow’s results?

1WorldSync led a webinar around how to:

  • Leverage your investment in GDSN to build a strong base and then top off the additional attributes needed to meet eCommerce needs.
  • Save time to ensure you’re providing the same information across all recipients.
  • Take advantage of new capabilities and solutions 1WorldSync rolled out in 2017.
  • Get a glimpse of the high-impact trends that will likely drive 2018 forward.

Best of 2017: Top 4 1WorldSync E-Books

Is it just me or is anyone else not ready to say goodbye to 2017 just yet? If you feel like you couldn’t keep up with all the e-books that 1WorldSync had to offer last year, no worries!

We have put together our best of the best for you to catch up on our trusted content that matters anytime, everywhere!

Product Content Management In Your Rearview: A Look Back And A Look Forward

A lot happened in 2017. Amazon bought Wholefoods, Alibaba grew in America, companies like Tyson and P&G launched large scale SmartLabel initiatives and all of us moved further into the world of digital commerce.

Download this e-book and learn how to:

  • Take advantage of new capabilities and solutions 1WorldSync rolled out in 2017
  • Get a glimpse of the high-impact trends that will likely drive 2018 forward
  • Commit to a product journey that will drive tomorrow’s results

To Marketplace, To Marketplace: A Definitive Guide to Understanding Marketplaces

Last year, shoppers did half of their online spending through marketplaces, and that could rise to two-thirds in five years, according to a report released by Forrester Research.

At the heart of this surge to online purchasing are marketplaces, such as Amazon,  Alibaba, Google and Walmart.com which are creating a new era of many-to-many shopping opportunities for the B2B and B2C market.

Marketplaces offer a whole new world of opportunities for wholesalers, retailers and consumers and there are many advantages of marketplace platforms.

Download this e-book and learn more about:

  • The basics of marketplaces and how they have evolved
  • The importance of marketplaces & how they benefit both sellers and buyers
  • How can marketplaces succeed if they are fueled by trust and transparency
  • How 1WorldSync showcases your presence in marketplaces

Connected Commerce Through The Cloud

Clearly, today’s world of commerce requires a multi-pronged approach. Trying to match the convenience of Amazon with an integrated supply chain with personalized and trusted product content is no easy feat.

A connected commerce approach supports a harmonious model in which transactional and product data work together to optimize the supply chain process.

How do brick & mortar retailers can develop the operational backbone that supports e-commerce investments.

Download our joint e-book, co-written with DiCentral, and discover how to:

  • Equip your organizations with strategies that set leading digital commerce business apart
  • Connect cloud-based B2B integration with product content aggregation and syndication;
  • Achieve streamlined end-to-end digital commerce in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

To Be, or Not To Be Transparent: Go Beyond The Label With SmartLabel

It is no secret that transparency totally transforms product content and shapes the path to purchase. Today’s 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.

Download our e-book, co-written with Enterworks, on: :

  • Why transparency matters – shoppers are more inquisitive about their product choices resulting in a demand for full disclosure to fit personal lifestyle needs and wants.
  • How SmartLabel™ works, the criteria behind it, and the many ways users can access it.
  • How your organization can implement a best practice SmartLabel program and offer rich, robust content in the palms of consumers’ hands.

inRiver and 1WorldSync Align To Increase Customer Trust In Product Information Worldwide

inRiver, the foremost provider of multi-tenant SaaS-based product information management solutions, and 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, are partnering to empower informed consumer purchase decisions through easier access to authentic. trusted content.

1WorldSync and inRiver are deploying a standardized PIM connector that expands their joint capability for customers to exchange relevant and needed product data. Customers that are using inRiver PIM will be able to easily send and receive data to 1WorldSync in an automated fashion. 1WorldSync will then aggregate and distribute that data between trading partners for more consistent information and efficient supply chains.

Consumers and business customers alike rely on product information to seek, discover, and purchase products. To make informed decisions throughout this process, customers must trust the product information they are finding both online and on store shelves. 1WorldSync works with brands globally in industries such as CPG, retail, food service, and hardlines, to ensure that their customer experience is built on trusted product information.

In turn, inRiver provides product information management solutions that enable merchandisers and product marketers of both B2B and B2C enterprises to assemble, enrich, and disseminate consistent and relevant product information to downstream partners and end-user customers.

“inRiver is excited to announce our intention to certify our updated, out-of-the-box connector, with the latest release of 1WorldSync’s GDSN standard datapool solution (3.1.x),” stated Joe Golemba, Vice President of Alliances and Services at inRiver. “Regardless of industry, 1WorldSync aggregates, stores, and circulates trusted product data for thousands of companies across the world. This certified connector will help inRiver’s current and future customers go to market more rapidly and instill even greater trust and confidence for their customers.”

“The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud platform is designed for organizations to exchange authentic and enriched product information and digital content, creating a mission-critical foundation for connected commerce. With this connector between inRiver and 1WorldSync, customers will be confident that the information they are accessing is high-quality, accurate, and complete,” commented Dan Wilkinson, Chief Commercial Officer at 1WorldSync.

A Joint Solution: Manage & Syndicate Medical Device Product Data with Reed Tech and 1WorldSync

Medical device professionals face an ever-growing list of demands for their product data from downstream users all over the world. Some of these demands are regulatory, such as FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) submission mandate.

Others are commercial, such as hospital networks needing access to device product data electronically through the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) in order to maintain a current product catalog. Still other requests may come from a governmental body, not as a regulatory mandate, but as prerequisites for doing business with that agency, such as the NHS eProcurement initiative in the U.K.

These ends users require unique, but overlapping, datasets for every device product. But treating each data submission type as a separate project and ensuring changes and updates get passed along to each recipient can quickly become an unmanageable task.  

Together, Reed Tech and 1WorldSync offer device manufacturers a solution to meet the challenges of securely managing all of this data, ensuring it is accurate and up-to-date, and sharing it with the downstream users who need it.

A combined solution from Reed Tech and 1WorldSync brings individual organizational strengths into a single, comprehensive solution bringing you benefits you wouldn’t reap from working with just one of the providers:  

  1. Secure, centralized storage of your product data in a fully validated Reed Tech environment built just for device manufacturers and conforming to 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
  2. Transparent control over the state of each record with instant reports and a complete audit trail.
  3. Access to the GDSN through 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions and largest certified data pool provider.
  4. Support by experts from both organizations, through a single point of contact at Reed Tech.
  5. Straightforward, competitive pricing and a combined agreement for an easier purchasing process.
  6. Peace of mind with a global roadmap to meet upcoming requirements, including the UDI requirements of EU MDR.

Whether it’s the FDA, NHS in the U.K., GPOs or hospital networks, you can know that the information about your product reaching the recipient is accurate and current.

To meet the challenges of managing and syndicating your device product data, visit ReedTech.com/SingleSource or contact us today and learn more about working with Reed Tech and 1WorldSync.

 

Product Content Management In Your Rearview: A Look Back And A Look Forward

Hide your stocking stuffers and savor those sips of eggnog..2018 is almost here! A lot happened in 2017. Amazon bought Wholefoods, Alibaba grew in America, companies like Tyson and P&G launched SmartLabel initiatives and so much more.

Technology now penetrates nearly every aspect of our lives and the industry continues to shift  in major ways as consumers demand more information faster. Despite uncertainties, this year in commerce shattered records, giving retailers reason to rejoice.

In order to look forward, it’s important to look back at the past year. And in this case, we’re reflecting on 2017 key events that took place that will likely shape 2018.

  1. Amazon: Prime-Time For The Grocery Industry

With the acquisition of Whole Foods Amazon sends a clear message to grocers that it is ready to play and, at least partly e-commercialize the grocery game. They’ve already dipped their toes in food and grocery in the past through Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry, but this gives them more robust access to high-quality food and more power to delivery grocery products more immediately to customers. It is also a bold statement that Amazon is serious about brick-and-mortar and at the same time this step finally fully validates cross-channel commerce as the future of grocery.

As the lines between online and in store have blurred, Amazon has realized that location will be a key driver for commerce success. Having access to Whole Foods’ 431 existing stores, gives them valuable distribution centers to bring fresh, localized products directly to customers. Amazon was also likely motivated to reach Whole Foods’ millennial audience and develop loyalty with the younger, more quality-conscious consumer.

If you want to get your products discovered by Google and Amazon, learn more at http://solutions.1worldsync.com/ProductstoAmazon.

  1. To Marketplace, To Marketplace

Last year, shoppers did half of their online spending through marketplaces, and that could rise to two-thirds in five years, according to a report released by Forrester Research (RetailDive 2017).

At the heart of this surge to online purchasing are marketplaces, such as Amazon,  Alibaba, Google and Walmart.com which are creating a new era of many-to-many shopping opportunities for the B2B  and B2C market.

“We look at marketplaces as the new retail battleground,” Jenn Markey, Vice President of Marketing at retail strategy firm 360pi. “For the retailers that embrace them, it creates an endless aisle online without the traditional costs. But even Amazon is experiencing that it can be the Wild Wild West. The challenge is that some vendors are more legitimate than others.” (Retail Dive 2017).

Marketplaces have the potential to help your products reach millions of new, global customers and 1WorldSync has you covered! It’s time for your products to be discovered by more buyers on the world’s largest marketplaces.

The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud helps customers seamlessly list, manage and optimize product content necessary to sell on marketplaces. Learn more at http://solutions.1worldsync.com/getyourproductstomarketplaces.

  1. Walmart and Google Partner To Make Shopping Easier

Google and Walmart recently announced a new partnership whereby 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 2017).

Walmart products will also be available through the Google Assistant and Google Home smart speaker, which competes with Amazon’s Echo. Walmart’s network of 4,700 U.S. stores and its fulfillment networks offer a competitive differentiator over Amazon offering  attractive omni-channel options including click-and-collect while Google has deeper artificial intelligence (AI) expertise and a huge pool of new data which would allow them to leverage personalization through targeted ads.

A Look Back & A Look Forward

Are you committed to your product journey that will drive tomorrow’s results? On December 6th, join industry leaders from 1WorldSync for a compelling webinar and catch-up on industry trends and game-changing events that occurred in 2017 and get a preview of what you need to do to be ready to drive sales and top-line growth in 2018.

 

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References

  1. “Forrester: Half of online sales occur on marketplaces.” 14 Sept, 2017 <http://www.retaildive.com/news/forrester-half-of-online-sales-occur-on-marketplaces/504913/>
  2. “Walmart and Google Partner to make shopping even easier.” 23 Aug, 2017 <https://blog.walmart.com/innovation/20170823/walmart-google-partner-to-make-shopping-even-easier-heres-how>