Finding and comparing products online is far more frustrating than it needs to be. Especially if you’re trying to find the online version of a product you found in the store. There is almost no correlation between the offline product world and the online product world. I can say this confidently, because I found out from personal experience recently. Continue reading
1WorldSync understands the implications of Major Release 3 for its diverse community of trading partners. The impact to each organization may be very different depending on what attributes they support and what interface they have into their data pool. 1WorldSync is helping its community Be MjR3 Ready by breaking it down into three steps and providing the support needed to successfully complete each step along the way. Continue reading
1WorldSync’s Foodservice Key Account Manager, Ryan Robichaud discusses the importance of product information and the impact on Childhood Nutrition with Leslie R. Otts, MS, RD, LDN, SNS – Region 1 Nutrition Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
1WorldSync: What are the expectations you’re encountering for accurate nutritional information from school nurses, parents, physicians, students, and healthcare professionals?
Leslie: School nurses contact school nutrition directors to determine the allergens in food. These may be the top eight allergens that cause 90% of the allergic reactions that could even lead to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or an ingredient that is less common, yet may still cause an allergic reaction. We have had to search through hundreds of ingredients labels for those common eight, but also for yellow dye, red dye, pineapple, strawberries and many more. Nurses are often asking for grams of carbohydrate in food items. With the increase of juvenile diabetes there is a high demand for very accurate carbohydrate counts.
I recently had a chance to speak with Philip Britt who was writing an article for Enterprise Apps Today about the 9 Tech Trends Transforming Retail. There is one area in particular that we discussed I thought I would spend some more time on here today – the Cloud.
The retail industry is facing a host of challenges today; new regulations (such as EU 1169 in Europe), changing shopping behaviors (Mobile and Online shopping), an increased demand for access to product information (thank you Smartphones), and shifting buying power (Millennials beginning to outspend Baby Boomers). Any one of these challenges over a five-year period would put stress on the infrastructure that most retailers rely on. All 5 at once are causing them to transform the way they operate their business, and the infrastructure they use to do it.
Consumers worldwide are in love with product information. They’re using it to research and guide their purchasing decisions and they’re accessing it in various ways from multiple locations before committing to check out. The consumer electronics industry is an ever evolving industry with a constant introduction of the latest and greatest products. The digital age is driving the way these products are introduced to retailers and, ultimately, presented to consumers.
The demand on brand owners for accurate product information continues to grow – consumers want to have confidence in the information for food & other products, such as ingredients and allergens. Retailers want to understand accurate dimensions of products for shelf planning and supply chain purposes. When it comes to new products that have not yet been produced, the initial set of information is desired well before the final product is ever produced so that buying decisions can be made between the merchant and the brand owner. Continue reading
Online sales are up *23 percent year over year from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday due to the holiday shopping. Therefore it is essential for product information to be accurate and complete so consumers can make smart buying decisions. That is why, 1WorldSync and Clavis Insight collaborated to identify the causes of inaccurate product data and in the course of this collaboration they have identified the opportunity to help customers to ensure the highest levels of data accuracy. Continue reading
Today when communicating the Barcode (many times referred to as the UPC or EAN) as part of the information about a product, the type of bar code must also be specified:
Confusion may result on how to properly identify the Barcode.
With the upcoming GDSN Major Release, the EAN.UCC identification attribute gets easier! A simple identification of whether the UPC/EAN is 14, 13, 12, or 8 digit GTIN needs only to be supplied:
Easier? We hope so!
A reminder that 1WorldSync will be implementing this and many more updates to the standard with the upcoming Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN ™) Major Release 3. Find out more by visiting http://campaign.1worldsync.com/major-release-3/
Pam Hoock from Bunzl describes her experience with 1WorldSync’s Digital Asset Management capability
Supply Chains are evolving to address the pressing needs of the digital economy. Businesses must respond to the demand for the exchange of digital assets, from high quality images, eCommerce thumbnails, product safety documentations, video and other digital media.
1WorldSync offers a powerful digital asset management capability within its Product Information Cloud platform, which customers are currently taking advantage of. Brianna Feeney, VP of Global Marketing at 1WorldSync discussed with Pam Hoock, Data Sync Administrator at Bunzl to get her experience on leveraging 1WorldSync’s Digital Asset Management capability.