Annual Congress 2014 Cologne

1WorldSync Annual Congress – Stay Connected!

One of my favorite events at 1WorldSync is the Annual Congress in Cologne, Germany. Last year, I was impressed by the variety of topics and in-depth individual sessions. Annual Congress provides insights on how having accurate product information can open many doors for your company.

1WorldSync’s Annual Congress which will be held on September 30 – October 1, 2014 provides a platform to inform, share and listen to customers and partners and provide holistic answers to questions that arise from increasing industry challenges. It’s an exciting two days of collaboration, so get ready!
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I’m not sure what UDI stands for, how will my Organization be ready for compliance?

A recent United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, issued on September 24, 2014 has medical device manufacturers on a global basis, readying their organizations for compliance. The new regulation requires most medical devices to be marked and labeled with a unique device identifier (UDI) and then entered into the FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) with a set of FDA-specified attributes.  Compliance dates are driven by the class of medical device. Continue reading

1WorldSync Annual User Group

Thank you to everyone who attended the 1WorldSync Annual User Group and GS1 Connect 2014. The week was a great success!

This year we gathered in San Diego, California with over 260 1WorldSync community members from the CPG/General Merchandise, Foodservice, Hardlines and Healthcare industries for the 1WorldSync Annual User Group. This full day of community collaboration included Workgroup breakout sessions, customer presentations and panel discussions.

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#1WorldSyncSelfie Scavenger Hunt Makes a Big Impression!

The first ever social media scavenger hunt was a huge hit at GS1Connect! Over 100 photos were uploaded or retweeted throughout the week! Thank you to all who took part in highlighting 1WorldSync and our exciting events! Lori Bigler from Smucker’s became our first #1WorldSyncSelfie contest winner! Congratulations Lori!

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We appreciate everyone’s involvement and hope that we were able to add a level of excitement and fun to your GS1Connect experience. You can check out some of the photos below and on Twitter by searching the hashtag #1WorldSyncSelfie. Don’t forget to continue posting “Selfies” at upcoming 1WorldSync events using the hashtag #1WorldSyncSelfie on Twitter and Instagram.

The Era of Contextual Shopping

Digital technologies are transforming the way we shop. E-commerce and smartphones have raised the expectation consumers have about their shopping experience. One of those expectations is around personalization. Amazon knows what brands I buy, what type of product I’m searching for, what special events I have in my life, what types of new products I might find interesting, and many other things. This allows Amazon to create a very personalized experience for me as a shopper. Product recommendations and deals often resonate very well with me, and encourage me to make a purchase.

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Omnipresent Approach to Next Generation Retail

Did you know that *over $272,000 is spent online every minute and **72% of people are influenced socially through ratings, reviews and recommendations? Shopping behavior has changed significantly due to the multitude of online channels with information that is easily accessible to consumers to help make smart purchase decisions. Traditionally purchase decisions were influenced through advertisements and promotions directly from the brand owner or retailer. This trend is changing significantly and today’s shoppers increasingly leverage information from multiple online channels provided through mobile devices and social networks to enrich their shopping experience.

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Food Regulation Fruits

Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 is an Opportunity and not Just another Cost of Doing Business

“Boing” tolls the bell of doom. On 13th December 2014 another Grim Reaper of corporate IT budgets visits the European Grocery Market when the  Food Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 come into play. Or at least that’s the way some people I speak to are seeing these new regulations.  Continue reading

Mergers & Acquisitions in Foodservice and the impact to GDSN®

In just the past few years, the foodservice industry has experienced many acquisitions within industry leading companies and major drivers in the use of GDSN. To name a few, Gordon Food Service (GFS) has recently acquired Glazier Foods,  one of the largest southern mid-west distributors just following an acquisition from last year; when GFS purchased Perkins, a large northeast distributor.

The trend continues the latest news in the foodservice industry with the current discussions around the merger of the largest foodservice distributor in the U.S., Sysco purchasing the second largest foodservice distributor, U.S. Foods.  The Merger & Aquisition (M&A) activity in the foodservice industry creates challenges with the adoption of GDSN having industry leaders such as Glazier, who just in 2012, won the 1WorldSync PaceSetter award for GDSN adoption in the foodservice channel now acquired by GFS.

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1WorldSync Social Media Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to 1WorldSync’s Annual User Group at GS1 Connect 2014…but first “let me take a Selfie!”

As always, 1WorldSync has an exciting line up of events, sessions, and ceremonies for our customer community. This year, we are bringing you an interactive #1WorldSyncSelfie Scavenger Hunt as a way for you to get involved with other attendees and participate in all that we have to offer! The rules are simple, and more importantly, a surefire way to make the most of your conference experience!

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Point of Sale – The Change Agent for Retail Evolution

We’ve talked a lot about how the retail industry is going through a transformation in this blog. The consumer, and their desire to make informed purchase decisions are driving most of this change.  As retailers begin to adapt to the connected consumer, many of their systems will begin to change in order to support the experience the consumer is demanding. The one system change that will likely take the lead in this change is the Point of Sale (POS).

Retail stores are doing everything they can to entice consumers to visit their location, and forego shopping online. The theory is that a superb in-store experience, combined with instant fulfillment, will make even the savviest connected consumer spend more time and money in the store.  For this to happen however, there is a bar for convenience that has been set by the e-commerce industry that must be matched – checkout.

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