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Technology, Transparency & Trust

The Three Pillars Defining Our Age

In our last blog, we discussed current pressures impacting the consumer markets, including the FDA’s Public Law 111-353 through its “Food Safety Modernization Act”, as well as from other governmental and ‘watchdog’ groups’ reviewing the food industry.

But we are now living in an age that is going beyond government mandates, because whether you are in the automobile or the peanut butter business, Transparency & Trust have become ‘headline’ concerns not just for regulators but ever more, and no less importantly, for consumers. And, in light of the latest news from the automotive industry, we must now acknowledge the irrefutable reality that there are, beyond government penalties, other consequences for brand equity and the managers who manage it.

In the recent past, most business have lived in the “IT” or Information Technology era, with an emphasis on the ‘T’- the technology aspect of the collection and storage of data. Advances in technology are now pushing us toward the Information (‘I’) age or Zettabyte epoch where the capture, storage and retrieval of information, and its access to all, is virtually unlimited. In this evolving new age, the mantra is … ‘If information can be known … it will be known!’

For today’s ‘Connected Consumer’, the entire universe of information is only a click away. Social media platforms, blogs and apps are keeping everyone constantly connected. Individuals increasingly feel the need to know—and share —everything. Whether its product reviews, political opinions, a family vacation, a dinner pic, or even their innermost thoughts, people are living their lives completely out in the open, laying bare all manner of minutiae online. And, while brands are noticing and looking for new ways to create corresponding connections they, too, are being laid bare.

As a result, consumers today are personally experiencing and demanding Transparency, before giving Trust. For a brand or a business, Trust from their customers and employees is critical. Transparency, is now an information technology mechanism that allows Connected Consumers access to information that defines a certain innate dissonance which always exists between disbelief and belief. Technology and Transparency therefore combine to determine the level –and increasingly a measurable level– of ‘Trust’ that is so critical to the success of a business and a brand.

Russell Ackoff, a noted academic and business consultant, often chided his students and clients to “stop doing the wrong things righter and do the right things.” Technology, Transparency & Trust are forcing marketplace change— a change that no longer allows a business to do the wrong things righter to enhance the P&L—it is a change that requires business to do the right things.

Hail the Consumer!

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As Global Vice President for the Consumer Markets, Michael Forhez, who recently joined 1WorldSync, brings 20 plus years of diversified experience in sales, marketing and management consulting. Frequently called upon to write and speak on subjects germane to the consumer markets, Michael is currently responsible for evangelizing 1WorldSync offerings within the Consumer Products and Retail sectors while engaging various stakeholders to better understand their collective requirements.

Major Release 3: Trick or Treat?

There are seven months until the GDSN Major Release 3.  

Are you aware of the impacts to your organization? Do you know what to expect? Are you needlessly afraid?

If you prepare now, you could set yourself up for delightful surprises.

MjR3 has improvements that could save your organization time and aid accuracy, such as industry-specific use cases, new attribute sets, validations and modules which improve data quality.

1WorldSync can help by ensuring that its community members take the opportunity to make an implementation plan, to ensure that data migration is successful and no opportunities are missed.

MjR3 Essentials LIVE webinars and Face-to-Face Classroom Sessions are presented by knowledgeable MjR3 Experts. Interacting with specialists is the best way to understand what is relevant for you and your organization. Our MjR3 webinars and F2F classroom sessions are one of the most effective ways of getting ready for Major Release 3, since there is a structured environment and agenda, with plenty of time to ask questions specific to your concerns.

Have you ever asked where to start assessing impact but don’t know where exactly?

Let’s talk about: the MjR3 Pre-Production test environment, available responses, how to use the available documents and the best method to test against the Pre-Production test environment.

You will be taken through a step-by-step process instructing you how to perform analysis to assess the specific impact to your organization.

You’ll leave knowing everything from the detailed timing of the rollout specific to your 1WorldSync platform, to some of the exciting new industry-specific capabilities offered by MjR3.

Click here to register if you use the Item Management platform;   WS users may register here.

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1WorldSync Annual User Group, Europe

The 2015 Annual User Group, Europe was a fun and informative event, bringing 184 participants from 89 companies and 18 countries together for a day of collaboration and sharing! Our key theme was: “Be efficient, Be compliant, Be transparent”.
The event kicked off with a networking boat cruise and the EMEA Power of 1 Awards.
This year’s winners include:
  • Data Quality – Dr. Oetker
  • GDSN Adoption – Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Innovation – Mars, Incorporated
  • Compass Award – David Sheldon, Nestle
The AUG agenda was packed with the first industry workshops for DIY, Healthcare and FMCG/Foodservice. Customer and partner speakers for the plenary sessions included Google, Mars, Lansa, SCA, Jorg Pretzel of GS1 Germany, The World Customs Organisation, and KPMG
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4 Steps to making your product information Omni-present for Walmart.com and Beyond

Just as the leaves are turning from green to auburn brown this Fall, our attention turns to the holiday season. The time of the year when consumers are getting ready to spend for the Holidays.  The leaves aren’t the only thing changing, however,  shopping habits have been immeasurably impacted by conscious consumers and smart mobile devices.  According to Andreessen Horowitz:

By 2020 over 80% of adults on earth will have a smartphone, and most of them preferring to conveniently discover and purchase products from their laps or the palm of their hand.

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Food Safety has Life-Altering Consequences

History was made this week as a former CEO received the largest penalty ever for a food poisoning outbreak case because his product contained a deadly disease. This ruling will inevitably cause a fundamental shift in how future outbreaks are handled, by the courts and the foodservice industry alike. Food manufacturers are now on high alert that there are major repercussions for not complying with food safety regulations.

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The FDA wants YOU – to be compliant

September 24th 2015 is upon us, thus the second deadline for UDI compliance has arrived. As a quick recap, the FDA is requiring all medical device product information to be submitted to their Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) in order to more easily and accurately identify and trace medical devices along the supply chain. (You can find out more about the regulation and compliance deadlines here.) Continue reading

Walmart.com is getting ready for Cyber Week…Are you?

Where did summer go? Fall decorations, Halloween costumes and cold weather gear surrounds us and yet summer still lingers. It’s crazy how retail brings the seasons to us before mother-nature does. I have now succumbed to pumpkin lattes, Oktoberfest beers and started to decorate in browns and gold.

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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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1WorldSync Annual User Group Europe is just around the corner!

This year the 2015 Annual User Group Europe will be co-located with GS1 Germany’s ECR Tag at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. Join us for an evening of networking and a full day (September  21 – 22) of engagement with your trading partners and industry peers. At AUG Europe, we will help you gain knowledge on critical implementation practices and intelligence on CPG/Grocery. Hardlines and Healthcare industry insights and trends. If your role involves a focus in Master Data Quality, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain Processes or E-commerce, then this conference is for you!

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