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1WorldSync Annual User Group 2018 Recap: Unleash The Power Of Your Product Content in Phoenix – Part 2

Let’s hear it for our customer speakers!  We traditionally ask several customers to present their story to the audience at the 1WorldSync Annual User Group, and this year’s speakers really demonstrated exciting innovation and how they are unleashing the power of product content within their organization and beyond.

Keynote 1 – C&S Wholesale Grocers

For the event’s first Keynote, we had Riannon Hambleton from C&S Wholesale Grocers on stage walking us through the technology they are implementing that is automating their business and reliant on content coming through 1WorldSync to make it all work. Highlights included automated item picking, to entire robotic warehousing and fulfillment. Not bad for a company that is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

Keynote 2 – Coca Cola

Our second keynote featured Liz Sertl from The Coca-Cola Company.  Liz provided us with a great example of how her career had a common thread – Standards.  She then walked us through The Coca-Cola Companies structure, systems and brands while weaving in some key challenges they faced in recent years.  Coca-Cola needed a single source of truth for their internal and external partners. Their journey began in 2005 by signing up with a datapool, but in the past 4 years has ballooned into a multi-tiered journey where they are now powering syndication of content leveraging a PIM, key organizations [like 1WorldSync] and content standards. This combination has led to Coca-Cola to a highly structured governance, MDM and syndication process which enables them to move at the speed of business and changed based on market conditions.

Panel –  The Evolving World of Digital Commerce

One thing that has been consistent over the past 4 years that I have had the pleasure of planning the event is the Panel.  This year’s panel had representatives from Bush Brothers, Kroger, Johnson & Johnson, Sam’s Club, TOPCO, and Walmart. Our goal was to get individuals who were happy to weigh in on several topics and passionate about their organization’s product content. There were great conversations ranging from trust to quality to timeliness to industry challenges.  Each panelist brought a fresh perspective to the audience and were able to provide several key takeaways that were discussed during the breakout sessions that followed.

Amazon Content Capture

We were very happy to have our customer, Amazon, take center stage as well. Kishore Kumar Venkatachalam shared insights on Amazon’s Catalog Content Capture initiative, provided clarity around why Amazon is leveraging 1WorldSync and GS1 Standards and finally to implore our audience to publish more to Amazon. They want all your content – Logistics, Marketing, Digital Assets, you name it!

1WorldSync Product Vision: Where We Are Today & Where We Are Going

The last main session for the day had 1WorldSync’s own Randy Mercer circling back to the Impact of Omni-Channel and Brand Representation Realities. He then highlighted the 1WorldSync Omni-Channel Platform, specifically around specific advancements to the platform in the recent past, and how we are building strategy drivers to further 1WorldSync value to all participants in the product content journey.

During this session, he delivered an in-depth demo of the latest functionality and wrapped the session with insights around where 1WorldSync is going technologically.

Closing Remarks

The end of the day Kurt Pannier, 1WorldSync’s new VP of Sales Americas shared some closing thoughts and wrapped up the day a bit for the audience. The final message was that 1WorldSync has evolved into so much more than a datapool, and while we truly value all the efforts from the past, we are looking forward to serving all our customers in innovative ways in the coming future.

Additionally, we announced the recipients of the 2018 Power of 1 Awards. Recipients are recognized for their market leadership, innovation and their focus on quality and completeness of product content. This year’s recipients show a unique commitment to delivering product content that streamlines the supply chain and drives increased sales across all channels of commerce. Find out who the prestigious winners were!

1WorldSync Annual User Group 2018 Recap: Unleash The Power Of Your Product Content in Phoenix – Part 1

During the 4 years I have been involved in 1WorldSync’s Annual User Group, not one of the events has been the exact same.  Each had their own formats, locations, goals and opportunities.  This last one however stands out as a celebration of our evolution from a GDSN datapool to a Content aggregation & Syndication powerhouse.  

Opening

Our New Master of Ceremony, Harris Diamand set the stage for the day for us to focus on “Unleash the Power of Product Content”. What a theme right?  We are no longer just your GDSN datapool, but have been driving towards the digital sector along with all of you. During the first part of the day, our speakers touched on what 1WorldSync has evolved to, and how we are continuing to evolve in the ever changing digital world.  

These sessions kicked off with 1WorldSync’s CEO Karin Borchert discussed the current challenges facing all participants in the product content journey – Trust, Timing, Quality, and the insatiable need for more content.  

With Content Management, Product Discovery, Content Syndication, Transparency & Compliance and Insights Solutions, you can arm all parties with the insights and means to get all impacting product content from the trusted manufacturer sources all the way to the digital footprint retailers, operators and sites are presenting to the customers.

Information in the Digital World – The Need for Web Ready Content is Now

The next speaker, Randy Mercer, 1WorldSync’s Head of Solution Sales, then dug into the specifics further by discussing what the impact of product content has in the digital world. Digital Sales are growing, an estimated $254 Billion over the next five years, and that digital is impacting not just impressions online but in store as well.  

Roughly 71% of in-store shoppers say that digital significantly impacts their shopping experience and 75% of customers expect consistent interactions across channels. In short consumers are expecting accurate representation of products with digital assets and transparency across all channels. Higher content quality, consistency and completeness drives conversion rates. Bad content results in cart abandonment, higher levels of returns impacting costs and reduction in brand loyalty.

1WorldSync has historically been a trusted partner in getting supply chain content syndicated throughout the product content journey, and will continue to excel in those areas.  Randy mentioned that 1WorldSync is also evolving based on these needs and we are continuing to focus on Customer Experience, Customer Value, how can we be better today and where can we be more agile to meet the needs in the future. These focus areas are driving our 2018 Strategic Initiatives in Growing Product Content, Strengthening Content Quality, Increasing Market Drivers and improving Customer Satisfaction.

1WorldSync End to End Partner Ecosystem

Tom Dillon, VP Global Community Management & Strategic Partnerships, walked the audience through the efforts we have been driving to expand our partner ecosystem.  The challenge of multiple requests from multiple recipients via multiple channels has been building for years now, and we have seen a significant want for a consolidated conversation providing best in class end to end services.  Tom highlighted a few of these partners and walked the audience through our eco-system and discussed use cases were leveraging 1WorldSync as a centralized point can promote quality, timelines and completeness for all parties in the product content journey and in the eyes of the end consumer.

And what is amazing is this was just the first hour of Annual User Group.  There were so many additional insights and outstanding speakers we needed to break this post into 2 parts!

1WorldSync Recognizes Leaders in Product Information and Global Content Distribution Through the 2018 Power of 1 Awards

1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, announced the recipients of the 2018 Power of 1 Awards during the 2018 Annual Group, co-located with GS1 Connect in Phoenix. Recipients are recognized for their market leadership, innovation and their focus on quality and completeness of product content.

The 1WorldSync Power of 1 Awards are given to organizations that have had a significant impact on their community of trading partners through product information initiatives and global content distribution. This year’s recipients show a unique commitment to delivering product content that streamlines the supply chain and drives increased sales across all channels of commerce.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project received the prestigious 1nnovation Award for their work on behalf of the U.S Agency for International Development, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative.

The Quality1 Award was given to Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and recognizes the company’s commitment to significantly raising the standards in sharing compelling, engaging and consistent product information. The award also recognizes the company’s investment to improve the quality of product content they share with their customers.

Albertsons Companies was awarded the Big 1mpact Award, in recognition for their significant impact in the CPG industry. The company was chosen for its noted commitment to the exchange of trusted product content with customers, consumers and trading partner communities.

The Transparency1 Award was presented to Topco Associates LLC as a result of its ability to power a landscape of loyalty in the age of socially conscious consumers and regulatory compliance. The award spotlights the organization’s commitment to product content transparency and compliance as critical pieces in the path to purchase.

“This year’s Power of 1 Award winners are a testament to the importance of quality product content, and I’d like to congratulate them on behalf of the entire 1WorldSync community,” said Kurt Pannier, Vice President of Sales, Americas, at 1WorldSync. “These organizations stand out in the market for their commitment to improving the quality of their content, their focus on transparency and compliance, and ability to deliver reliable and trusted product content.”For more information on 1WorldSync, visit https://www.1worldsync.com

GS1 Connect 2018 Recap

Last week, attendees from around the world, including myself, took part in an ‘accelerated’ week of learning and networking at the annual GS1 Connect 2018.

The conference highlighted that today’s fast-paced, digital environment connects us all and the power is fully in the hands of consumers.

Bob Carpenter, President and CEO, GS1 US, opened the conference highlighting the urgency and velocity of change needed to evolve at the pace of consumers, technology and business models. Bob spoke with passion and issued a call to arms to take action in leveraging data as an asset vs. liability.

Bob’s opening remarks echoed the many themes I heard in talking with 1WorldSync customers…the time is now to unleash product content.

My 5 takeaways are highlighted below:

  1. Product attributes fuel the path to purchase: I think we’re all aware that today’s digital consumers have never been so discerning. In the past price and availability sold products. Today, consumers judge products based upon attributes. Attributes include product description names, prices, size, romance copy and images. Consumers use product attribute to filter and compare choices. Thus, if you’re missing product information, you’ve lost the consumer on the path to purchase.
  2. You can’t put fresh paint over rotten wood: During the keynote, Bob gave the analogy of fresh paint over rotten wood, when comparing implementing a technology tool to help your organization manage product content. The bottom line is that at core, you’ve got to spend the time, energy and resources getting your product content accurate and robust. Technology may bring innovation but the data has to be accurate and collaboration is imperative. The time is now, to rip out the old wood and get the product content complete, accurate and digitally ready with expanded attributes that make the product shoppable on the digital shelf.
  3. Protect your product identity as you do your personal identity. Piggybacking on the fresh paint on old wood analogy, the bottom line is companies must take pride in their products identity that includes all content and attributes. The product content shared on digital channels is wrong far too often. Bob Carpenter mentioned that only 54% of data on the digital shelf matched the information on the product’s packaging. Inaccurate product data has a serious, and usually underestimated, negative impact on business and customer experience. Product content is the identity of the product. Better get it right!
  4. Leverage your data as an asset, not a liability. I heard this piece of advice both in the keynotes and in the 1WorldSync Annual User Group.  Data should not be holding you back. Data and product content should be your biggest asset and differentiator. If you leverage standards, technology, partners and internal collaboration then data should be your company’s biggest asset. Protect that asset and the product’s identity with everything you have.
  5. Own the narrative behind your product content: The final piece of advice I heard from 1WorldSync customers and from the keynotes is the importance of the narrative behind the data. Data can be boring and hard for your executive leadership to understand the importance of if you don’t get the narrative right. Yet, we know that the data and product content is the cornerstone of the products identity. Thus, be well versed in understanding the implications of not getting your product content strategy right. Leverage your data as an asset not a liability and own the narrative behind the product content so that all people within the organization understand the importance and impact.

The Time Is Now: Unleash Your Product Content

More and more, eCommerce, social media, mobile and in-store are becoming distinctions without a difference and product content is the core of this omni-channel experience. From discovery to decision making, product content is the driver of every shopper’s journey. For years, supply chain professional have been investing in supply chain standards and ensuring supply chain efficiencies.

Now is the time, to shine a light on all the hard work and investment you’ve made in ensuring complete, accurate and quality supply chain and logistics content and demonstrate the value of this supply chain content.

Are you ready to unleash it to the evolving world of digital commerce? Visit http://solutions.1worldsync.com/omni-all-in-one today!

Say Hello to 1WorldSync’s Data Strategy Team

Who is the Data Strategy Team?

The Data Strategy Team (DST) is part of the Global Professional Services Division. The Data Strategy Team is led by Scott Brown, who had over  twelve years of experience with GS1 US before taking a position with 1WorldSync. Collectively, the members of the Data Strategy Team have nearly 35 years of industry-relevant experience.

What does the Data Strategy Team do?

The Data Strategy Team has several important functions within 1WorldSync. The DST is responsible for item and data management, serving as the definitive source for all attributes. Working in the Omni-Channel sphere, DST uses its experience to influence decisions on 1WorldSync Products. DST is responsible for making sure attributes are harmonized across the products, as well as making sure requirements are met for a given retailer.

Using strategy and analysis, the DST creates and updates attributes to better serve 1WorldSync customer and give up-to-date attribute definitions and requirements. In addition, the DST creates appropriate validation rules, cross checks valid value lists, and converts recipient requirements into reliable and accurate attribute information.

Why does this matter?

Our role of attribute management serves as the “Skeleton” for many 1WorldSync Products. By harmonizing, adding, and updating attributes, DST makes sure customers are making an informed decision when they enter content into 1WorldSync platforms. DST’s planning and analysis helps customers make the right choices when it comes to publishing data.

What is in store for the Data Strategy Team?

This is an exciting and dynamic time for 1WorldSync and the Data Strategy Team.

The Data Strategy team plans to make the rest of 2018 a huge year for our customers, with timely product roll outs and accurate information for publishing data. We will be sharing our progress in the form of thought leadership and look forward to your participation!

Win consumers on the path to purchase with 1WorldSync

In the meanwhile, our professional services team invites you to receive a customized data quality report based on a sample of your published data.

This is a great way to understand potential data quality issues with your current product content, how you rank against your peers, the impact on your business and what steps you can take to improve your data quality.

Please visit http://solutions.1worldsync.com/data-quality-report

Capture The Voice Of Your Product Content

Do you know what SOLOMO means? The first time I heard the term was in 2011. SOLOMO stands for social, local and mobile. At the time, SOLOMO was a brand new imperative for state of the art apps. Such take-home messages are helping product designers and developers to optimize digital building blocks for social, localized and mobile aspects of deployment.

Technologies have progressed, and today we probably have to promote the term from SOLOMO to VOFI. This term would stand for Voice First.

In the digital age, it is merely not enough to provide just standard product information like texts, images, and numbers for hundreds of product attributes. Such an approach still serves the classic B2B demand well, but it utterly fails for modern consumer-facing B2C applications missing “human,” usable interfaces. Voice First may sound unfamiliar to many for the time being.

But I think the industry really must aim to control what Alexa, Siri, Cortana and all these other digital chatterboxes are telling consumers about their valuable brands and products. Extending the customer journey by natural voice interfaces yields to better shopping experiences.

Helping more than 25,000 global brands in 60 countries, the 1WorldSync understands that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content matters. Our teams are diligently working on building the single data pipe for product content.

So far – surprisingly for me – no clients have approached us to get access to voice ready product content. I would be curious to know if you think that voice ready information should become a core component of up-to-date product content? Do your organizations already live and breathe VOFI? Contact us today!

Maximize Your Investment with 1WorldSync: Item Management 8.4 Release

With total retail e-commerce sales having reached $453.5 billion in 2017 alone, it’s never been more important for brands and retailers to provide quality, trusted and robust product content across their multiple sales channels.

1WorldSync is continually innovating its product portfolio to ensure customers around the globe can continue to meet the needs of the market. We have expanded your ability to optimize cross-channel commerce sales through product content syndication.

With the IM 8.4 release, we bring you an all-in-one solution that provides accurate content, anytime, anywhere, in any format needed to support both your supply chain and eCommerce use-cases.

1 Solution for Trusted Product

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, May 30th, 12:00 pm ET, to learn more about these new enhancements that include:

  • Improved eCommerce Solutions- Quickly and easily understand requirements of largest eCommerce platforms and facilitate the delivery of product content in the exact format required by the recipients simplify and accelerate product sellers’ ability to list products on Walmart.com, Amazon.com and Alibaba
  • Expanded data validation capabilities – New 1WorldSync Playlists simplify the process for suppliers to provide the complete, accurate data their recipients require. Customized playlists for retailers and marketplaces ensure data is accurate before being sent to recipients.
  • Digital Catalog – Enhancements to the Digital Catalog simplify brands’ ability to create a visual representation of their product content. Brands can easily create selling sheets, product catalogs and digital slicks for consistent content across trading partners.
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM) – Brands can now capture, manage and syndicate all their digital assets (images, videos, documents, etc.) and import third-party images to share with trading partners.

These enhancements make it easier than ever to syndicate product content across multiple recipients, expediting speed to market and driving increased sales. The all-in-one solution allows brands to more easily understand retailers’ content requirements and visualize missing information, empowering them to aggregate and syndicate authentic, complete product content to support both supply chain and e-commerce channels.

Are you ready to go further in your product content journey and MAXIMIZE your investment with 1WorldSync?

To learn more about these capabilities and request more information visit here.

1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group + GS1 Connect Cheat Sheet

1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group

Get ready to unleash the power of your product content! At 1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group, we want to make sure you get the most out of attending our event. We have put together a handy guide to ensure you know everything you need before you go!

You will come to the event being prepared to learn hot topics and trends from prominent industry leaders including Coca-Cola, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Walmart, Kroger, Topco and many more.

Not only will you be ready to gain creative insights and engage in peer-led topic breakout groups, but you will also gain knowledge on critical implementation practices and developments from the best and brightest organizations. Saddle up for a great conference experience in the Wild Wild West!

CONFERENCE DATE & TIME: June 4, 2018 | 11am – 5pm MST

LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ

VENUE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge – Grand Canyon Ballroom 6

HELPFUL TO KNOW:

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Power of 1 Networking Reception

This year’s networking event will be held at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row with LIVE entertainment and line dancing! We will honor organizations with the Power of 1 Awards, which are given to those that have had significant impact on the community of trading partners through their Product Information Initiatives and Global Content Distribution.

EVENT DATE & TIME: June 4, 2018 | 7 – 10pm MST

VENUE: Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – Scottsdale, AZ

*Must have a 1WorldSync Annual User Group badge to enter. Entrance to the Power of 1 Networking Reception is included in registration for the event.

GS1 Connect 2018

CONFERENCE DATES: June 5 – 7, 2018

VENUE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge – GS1 Connect Standardsville Exhibit Hall

BOOTH SCHEDULE:

7am – 7pm MST (Tuesday & Wednesday)

7:30am – 4:30pm MST (Thursday)

HELPFUL TO KNOW:

Sessions

1WorldSync will be participating in GS1 Connect track sessions with Topco, Label Insight and FoodLogiQ.

Food Services – Turning Global Food Supply Chain Transparency into Shopper Insights

1WorldSync + Topco + Label Insight

Wednesday, June 6 | 11 – 11:45am MST

Grand Sonoran Ballroom E-F

Tech Track – From Farm to Fork: Building Global Food Supply Chain Transparency Through Trusted Content

1WorldSync + FoodLogiQ

Thursday, June 7 | 1 – 1:50pm MST

Grand Canyon Ballroom 9-11

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We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix! Yeehaw!

 

Label Insight and 1WorldSync Introduce LabelSync

Label Insight, the market leader for transparency, and 1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions, have introduced LabelSync™, the industry’s most comprehensive solution for product data distribution and transparency.

LabelSync pairs Label Insight’s high-order attribute data with 1WorldSync’s unmatched global product content distribution capabilities, enabling brands and retailers to provide consumers with an unprecedented level of rich, high-quality product content.

 Research shows that consumers are looking for product transparency. Two-thirds of consumers feel product transparency should be provided by brands and manufacturers, yet only 12 percent consider brands a trusted source. With SmartLabel, an industry initiative led by the Trading Partner Alliance, brands can deliver easy and instant access to detailed product information directly to consumers.

“SmartLabel is the industry standard for increasing transparency with consumers. With LabelSync, brands can quickly and easily meet all SmartLabel-mandated requirements,” said Karin Borchert, CEO of 1WorldSync. “In our analysis, LabelSync provides twice as much product data across eight major categories than pages created by other methods. Additionally, LabelSync can provide non-mandatory classes of information, such as sustainability, health and safety and product instructions. No other solution on the market can deliver the breadth and depth of information that LabelSync does.”

LabelSync enables manufacturers to source SmartLabel content from a variety of sources, including package flat data and through the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Brands can create and onboard their data in multiple ways, then preview their SmartLabel pages and manage their attributes to ensure accuracy and consistency. LabelSync creates parsed ingredient lists with intuitive and navigable access to detailed information, such as plain language ingredient definitions — powered by Label Insight’s glossary of 300,000 ingredient definitions — that can explain to consumers what it is and why it’s included in the product. From there, 1WorldSync’s powerful Product Information Cloud allows manufacturers to distribute the product content to any of their trading partners across the globe.

“LabelSync is simply the best way for brands to expand their transparency story and move the needle on digital transformation in their business,” said Ronak Sheth, Chief Strategy Officer of Label Insight. “LabelSync unlocks more than 100 attributes for each product, maximizing SmartLabel as a brand canvas for product transparency in the palm of every shopper’s hand. This allows brands to address product features and benefits that matter to consumers, but that physical packaging can’t accommodate. Brands can also leverage SmartLabel data for other transparency initiatives, addressing consistency and completeness gaps with LabelSync’s data generation capabilities.”

By using LabelSync to manage SmartLabel, brands can ensure pages are always up to current specifications and compatible across devices — no longer worrying about software updates, testing and technology upgrades.

CPG brands can select the LabelSync package that best suits their needs. LabelSync Now is a fast and affordable option that leverages GDSN product data. LabelSync Pro offers complete transparency with the industry standard for creating, managing and publishing SmartLabel pages that include off-package and voluntary information. LabelSync Premium is the best-in-class offering that also provides a full suite of images compliant with GS1 standards.

For more information on LabelSync, click here!

1 Solution for Trusted Product Content: 1WorldSync

The increased demand for complete product content is no longer a “nice to have” but  “a must have.”

Win Consumers On The Path to Purchase With 1WorldSync

The same company that brought you solutions for supply chain enablement, now brings you the power of one solution to support multi-channel commerce.

1WorldSync is the single source of accurate, rich and robust product content that your business needs to engage consumers at every touchpoint.

    • Drive cross-channel sales with a single source for trusted product content to support both supply chain and eCommerce
    • Expedite speed to market by unleashing existing supply chain product content across multiple channels
    • Leverage one solution to eliminate internal silos and reduce costs
    • Improve accuracy and completeness  by leveraging industry, regulatory and global standard validations.
    • Enrich, transform, and deliver product content to any channel in any format

1WorldSync has you covered in every step of the product content journey, today and tomorrow. Watch our video below and learn more about how to drive sales with product content!