Our apprentice Cynthia’s internship abroad

We are glad that our apprentice, Cynthia Jansen, had the possibility to do an internship in England in spring 2017. Cynthia has been one of five participants from her school class being able to take part in the scholarship program named GATE. The German Apprentices‘ Training in Europe (GATE) is a program which offers apprentices an internship in England or Finland, financed through the European Erasmus+-program. Each year, a defined number of apprentices gets the chance to participate in it.  Cynthia was proposed for the scholarship by her teachers, not only due to her outstanding performance in school but also due to her considerable social behavior in class.
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Insecticide Instead Of Bio: The Consequence Of The Egg Affair

Have you recently abstained from your breakfast egg?

Since it is known that the insecticide “fipronil” has been used for large quantities of eggs, the consumption of eggs or egg-containing products has intensely reduced.
However, it is not just the manufacturing industry that will suffer. Trading does not know yet either how bad consequences will be.

Will consumption reduce in the future? How will the turnover of such products change?

What exactly caused the “egg affair”?

Everything started with a simple cleansing material which was developed for stock breeding companies, especially for poultry farming. In the past, that cleansing material called “Dega-16“ was used by different cleaning companies in that industry to clean poultry stalls and was claimed as a “miracle cure“ for parasites by the Belgian manufacturer.

At that point, retailers and manufacturing companies should have been taken aback and should have realized that this product is a biocidal product because of its effect mentioned on the label. Sadly, this was not the case.

In addition, this product was not accredited as a biocidal product even though it was demanded by the legislator. Despite the missing registration number, this was missed. In accordance to recent chemical analysis‘, the plant protection agent “fipronil“ was added to the product, as well as the dangerous agent “amitraz“. Both are subject to a European ban on use in the food industry and should not have been used for “Dega-16“.

What happens to companies that used or sold the adulterated cleansing material even though it had an obvious biocidal effect?

Failure Of The Supply Chain

Environmental and consumer protection associations blame the involved parties (manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and users) as stakeholders of the supply chain for knowing that a product against parasites needed to contain biocides. They should have tested which agent was included in the product. With the help of the safety data sheet, they should have figured out that forbidden substances were added.

But the safety data sheet of that product was not correctly prepared. Responsible people just neglected the fact that these agents were added to the product. The supply chain failed and the population’s health was put at risk.

In accordance to the Federal Statistical Office, around 369,000 safety data sheets required by law were used in 2015 in Germany alone. Statistics around the safety data sheet check of the 1WorldSync HazMat Compliance Solution show that 35 % of all suppliers‘ safety data sheets throughout Europe contain mistakes.

A retailer or other stakeholder of that supply chain must determine those mistakes and forward it to the manufacturer/supplier or even collect the needed information himself/herself. If there is no safety data sheet about dangerous products at all or it contains gross errors, you cannot provide your customers the right information before or after purchase. It is already a statutory offense.


Generating Value Beyond Compliance

Can you imagine if this scenario applied to one of your own products? As a manufacturer, do you know which responsibilities you have to carry out regarding your own brand’s products?

In this case, you are fully liable for that product, for wrong or undeclared biocidal products or concealed dangerous components.

Even though not all details are clarified yet, the legislator is going to draw consequences on a European as well as on a national level because of this consumer protection disaster.

Trading has to be prepared to allow for tightened identification standards and stricter controls of purchased products and own brands, not only in the food industry, but most of all in the chemical industry (e.g. cleaners).

Up-to-date and available safety data sheets are essential for your business success. Avoid fines, compensation demands and damage to your image by conforming to the duty of supply information conformable to law.

To minimize your compliance risks, we are pleased to support you with our 1WorldSync HazMat Compliance Solution.

Walmart and Google Take on Amazon!

Google and Walmart announced last week a partnership that is starting next month. 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 products will also be available through the Google Assistant and Google Home smart speaker, which competes with Amazon’s Echo. Walmart shoppers can link their customer accounts to Google and get personalized recommendations.

Walmart & Google: Powerful Alone. Better Together

Clearly, the two companies are combining their strengths to take on Amazon. Separately, the companies have had little success drawing shoppers aways from Amazon in the ecommerce space.

Walmart’s network of 4,700 U.S. stores and its fulfillment networks offer a competitive differentiator over Amazon offering an attractive omni-channel options including click-and-collect while Google has deeper artificial intelligence (AI) expertise and a huge pool of new data would allow them to leverage personalization through targeted ads.

Walmart and Google have combined their strengths to battle it out on the online retail market. Walmart’s huge product line will help attract shoppers and it’s the first time the world’s biggest retailer has made its product available online in the United States outside of its own website.

Are You Ready to Take on the eCommerce World?

1WorldSync has been a strategic partner of Walmart for more than a decade, facilitating product content exchange for Walmart manufacturers and supplies. Given this new announcement from Walmart, it’s obvious that they are looking to broaden their online presence and looking for more product content and product assortment.

Whether you have a single item, or hundreds of items; showcasing complete, accurate and up-to-date product content will improve your online search rankings, protect your brand,and increase your products’ visibility to consumers.

1WorldSync has been helping thousands (25,000+)  of suppliers and brands to build product content strategies to sell products to Walmart, Amazon, Google and beyond.

Whether you’re utilizing 1WorldSync to capture your GDSN data or non-GDSN data, we work with our customers to simplify product content exchange via a signal connection. The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud (PIC) make it possible to share content anywhere, anytime, in any format, with anyone – easy.

Are you ready to get your products discovered by Walmart, Google and beyond? Learn more today!

Retail + Boxing: When Worlds Collide (Part 2)

The build up and preparation to a fight, for a fighter is the hardest, the fight being the fun part. Not sure if a retailer would agree, their fight can go much longer that 12 rounds.

In part 1, we discussed the link between boxing and retail. Let’s get back on track!

The preparation for stores to hook a customer is preparing a consumer’s mind to think of their service first, no matter online or at a store. These stats speak for themselves (IC Real Estate 2017).

  • The probability of selling to a new customer is between 5 and 20%.
  • The probability of selling to an existing customer is between 60 and 70%.
  • 96% US adults shop online yet…
  • 94% of total retail sales are still generated in brick & mortar stores.

Those numbers calculated with the speculated number of eyes for this PPV, early estimates speculate the fight almost double what Mayweather vs Pacquiao did. With fans from both sides tuning in, the probability of getting new customers and keeping existing fans hooked, the potential revenue will be well worth it. Customers from every end of the spectrum will tune in to not just cheer on one side, but continue the view of their own path to purchase.

Tale of the Tape

Everyone digests the newest technology to make their personal shopping experience more convenient. Technology has started blurring the lines of every industry from retail, healthcare and food service and forever changed the path a consumer takes on their path to purchase.

The bout will be UFC star McGregor’s first boxing match – and against a legend who retired with a 49-0 record.

Technology takes the ease of online pay to stores with simpler ways to pay.  71% of shoppers believe they will get a better deal online than in stores (Digiday 2013). This leads everyone from restaurants to retail stores to rely on new tech trends to entice consumers from their phone and tablets using things like Groupon to bring consumers in by capturing them online. Instead of going and waiting at a doctor’s office, you can now facetime a doctor from your phone. Thus making it easier for a busy mom with a sick kid, to taking pressure off of doctors offices in need of dealing with more extreme situations. Food service now makes delivery easier, Uber first transformed the way we moved, now they are transforming the way we order food with Uber Eats. Amazon is continuing to tease their new technology that will bring grocery shopping to once that of as “something from the future”.  

In response, many brick-and-mortar retailers have started to use omni-channel fulfillment methods that leverage their store locations and in-store inventory in order to better compete in e-commerce. These omnichannel services, including ship-from-store and click-and-collect, can help retailers manage the transition to digital by: Increasing online sales by offering cheaper, more convenient delivery options for online shoppers.

No one channel is the clear answer, but companies that stay competitive will need to more tightly integrate all of their approaches, both physical and digital. Embracing the meeting of the two worlds seems like a much easier decision that the head to head collision, but come Aug. 26 everyone will be watching the two worlds collide. No matter your side, your interest level, sit back and watch history unfold before your eyes, because this truly is history in the making!

References

“13 Alarming Stats About Retail In Digital – DigiDay” 19 May, 2013.  https://digiday.com/marketing/13-alarming-stats-about-retail-in-digital/

“Online -vs- Brick and Mortar Retail Shopping: The Statistics – IC Real Estate” 15 March, 2017. https://icrealestate.com/2017/03/online-vs-brick-mortar-retail-shopping-statistics/ 

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Conor McGregor Total Revenue Should Surpass Pacquiao Fight – Forbes” 28 June, 2017.https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianmazique/2017/06/28/floyd-mayweather-jr-vs-conor-mcgregor-total-revenue-should-surpass-mayweather-vs-manny-pacquiao/#42cb85615c21

Sell Products Successfully On Amazon Today!

Did you know that 55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon (Recode 2016)? Amazon commands more than half of all product searches.

This stat is truly remarkable and a reason you must get your products onto the Amazon platform as they bring droves of traffic to your product listing. Even more important than traffic is a pool of buyers, ready to purchase!

Creating, managing, and syndicating product content that meet the needs of Amazon requires cross-functional collaboration and integration with key systems. 1WorldSync is the leader in product content management solutions and work with the leading retailers (including Amazon) to expediting brands ability to centralize and digitize product content.

Are you ready to get your products onto Amazon.com?

1WorldSync does the heavy lifting for you making your product content efforts more efficient expediting your speed to market on the Amazon marketplace.

The 1WorldSync Amazon App allows customers to set-up products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to Amazon Vendor Central. This accelerates sellers’ ability to standardize their GDSN data.

Do you sell to Amazon today?  Do you want to learn how to leverage your GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently? Click here to learn more on how to send data to Amazon electronically!

References

55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon https://www.recode.net/2016/9/27/13078526/amazon-online-shopping-product-search-engine

Retail + Boxing: When Worlds Collide (Part 1)

When Floyd Mayweather welcomes UFC Champion Conor McGregor inside the boxing ring, it is expected to be the biggest fighting spectacle of this generation, if not ever. On August 26, 2017 viewers will witness, for the first time, the sports version of when two worlds collide.

Boxing has long been the staple in the combat sports world, until Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) became the fastest growing sport in the world and captured newer audiences. Today many view it as the old vs. new age, one seems to be on a meteoric rise and the other struggling to stay relevant.

Brick and mortar retail stores are following the same traditional format that we all grew up with. Mayweather, while flashy and controversial, represents a sport that gets the same headlines as brick and mortar stores; “Boxing is dead” or “Boxing is a dying sport”. You can replace brick and mortar in any of those headlines and find thousands of results on Google. This superfight, not only brings both sports to a height neither has seen in some time, but will create a new blended party for audiences.

Lines continue to blur between traditional brick and mortar shopping and e-commerce. Shoppers care more about bottom lines price and will go wherever that leads them, online or in store. These two worlds collide and coexist to consumers everyday while brands continue to struggle.

The $1.9 trillion e-commerce world shows no signs of slowing down, companies are facing more challenges managing product content across channels, and are losing revenue as a result.

A New Hybrid  

Thanks to e-commerce, online sales have scaled new heights, winning a growing percentage of the market every year. The Irishman, McGregor has made his own emergence from obscurity, much like MMA and e-commerce. The UFC Champion was said to be living out of his car just a few years ago. Now he is on the verge of a multi-million dollar pay day, bringing MMA into its largest spotlight to date. Regardless of who wins, audiences will fill the arena and create a new hybrid of both sports, leaving room for only growth.

An estimated  8,640 brick-and-mortar stores will close their doors in 2017, more than 2008 in the great recession (Zero Hedge 2017). Each retailer must look to online sales to keep consumers and both sides must concentrate on what the consumer wants/needs more than thinking of winning them for their side. This will not be a Blockbuster vs Netflix, we all know how that turned out, this battle is all about placement and willingness to adapt.

We have seen past dual sport athletes, Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders did it first by showing the cross over appeal. Now athletes like Tim Tebow and Brock Lesnar bring a different appeal to dual sports by sole mass appeal to the media. But this is not playing two sports separately, this is a head-to-head battle of two becoming one.

Weighing In

The weigh ins for a fighter are as mentally tough as they are physical. Today with regulations becoming stricter and heavier regulated in order to keep transparency and safety for fighters health, there is very little room for error.

Missing weight by 1 pound can result in losing millions of dollars from their fight purse, sponsors and overall brand loyalty. New industry regulations like UDI and SmartLabel have put pressure on companies to be more transparent in order to help consumers be more aware of the ingredients and processes used everyday. Bad data or ignoring consumer and federal guidelines can result in heavy profit loss, it would be as bad as not paying taxes ;)

Product information is becoming rich, robust, accurate and readily available to customers and consumers alike, and businesses are becoming more efficient, compliant, and transparent. Consumers want to know more about the products they buy and are basing purchasing decisions on the information available to them.

Companies that aren’t paying attention to larger trends will lose customers trust; the value of a cross channel approach is becoming a must in order to maintain trust loyalty and consistent experiences across every channel.

Follow us to know when part 2 drops next week…

References

“The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017 – ZeroHedge” 22 April, 2017.  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-22/retail-bubble-has-now-burst-record-8640-stores-are-closing-2017

“Worldwide Retail Ecommerce Sales Will Reach $1.915 Trillion This Year – E-Marketer” 22 August, 2016.  https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Worldwide-Retail-Ecommerce-Sales-Will-Reach-1915-Trillion-This-Year/1014369

Sourcing A Single Source Of Truth For Lowe’s And Beyond

In Charting Course for Global Commerce, a recent study by 1WorldSync, 78 percent of merchants report their product content exchange system cannot keep up with enhanced consumer demands for transparency.

Did you know that you only need one solution to get your product content to Lowe’s and beyond?

Further, did you know that 1WorldSync is certified with the largest number of items in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)?  Changing data pool partners causes multiple work streams, and is time consuming and costly.

Win Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With 1WorldSync

At 1WorldSync, we’ve been reliably helping 25,000+ suppliers and brands to build product information strategies to sell products to Lowes, Amazon, Walmart and beyond!

By leveraging 1WorldSync’s technology and relationships with thousands of suppliers and brands in its network, content service platforms will always have a scalable service provider to help exchange trusted product content anytime, everywhere.

We are a dedicated partner to our customers delivering unprecedented expertise and thought leadership throughout their entire product content journey.

Exceeding Expectations and Creating Stellar Experiences

  • No Hidden Fees: Gain unlimited users and unlimited access to new recipients.
  • Save Time & Money: Save time and effort and allow your current partner to manage all of your brand and content data in the manner that Lowes would like, allowing you to keep running your business
  • Unlimited Number of Demand Side Partners: Publish product and company information to as many recipients as desired (Get your products to Lowes, Amazon, Walmart and beyond)!
  • Enhanced Data Quality: Reduce time and money in your manual processes and involve fewer systems
  • Superior Service: 1WorldSync’s Professional Services Team can help create a complete end-to­-end global product content strategy tailored to each customer specific to their industry.

Undoubtedly accurate and timely product content helps instill trust and customer loyalty in the interchangeable and complex world of retail.

1WorldSync continues to offers a one-stop location for publishing GDSN and non-GDSN data to Lowe’s.  Learn more here!

Shift or Reverse? Retail Is Alive!

Over the past couple of months, we have had some pretty significant changes to the retail/e-tail landscape. From mall staples shuttering their doors, to brand divestiture and IPOs going south.  It almost feels like the wild wild west. What has happened to change the landscape?  

Well it depends on the organization. Some took to embracing the future too far and lost who they were. Others did not change with the times and got stuck with their core competency shrinking.

When was the last time you went to a Sears or Kmart store? The announcement earlier last year announcing the closure of 265 stores was followed this announcing an additional 43 Sears & Kmart stores closing in 2017. They are no longer the new generations go to place when you need advice around tools or appliances.

Could these challenges have been stopped? Could companies like Sears have changed course? I could say yes, but the reality is that those driving the ships were the ones to initiate the change and not course correct. Even with some recent positive news around their deal to sell their Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon, they are just another store, where you can now get their products online from Amazon.

I have been listening to experts for years talk about the end of retail. They have changed their tune and now call retail locations as assets to the omni or multi-channel commerce experience.   

1WorldSync and DiCentral set out earlier this year with a white-paper exploring how brick & mortar retailers can develop the operational backbone that supports e-commerce investments. On September 12 they will host a webinar in which we provide valuable tips for achieving operational excellence and a connected commerce approach.

Getting Smart About Sustainability and the SmartLabel™ Initiative

Last week, I attended the Global Sustainability Summit and listened to a panel where Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President of GMA and a panel of experts, including our very own Chris Lemmond, discussed SmartLabel™ & Sustainability.

The panelists discussed how consumers think about things like a brand’s sustainability contribution, how ingredients are sourced and how brands can leverage SmartLabel™ pages to tell their story around sustainability delivering trust and transparency to the end consumer.  

We all know that consumers have become more conscientious about what they buy and want to be informed about what is inside the products they purchase. The SmartLabel™ initiative, a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), allows brands to communicate fact-based information about their products to consumers meeting shoppers expectations for accessing all types of information in new and practical ways.

While a nutrition facts label provides insight into what ingredients are in an item, it only scratches the surface as these labels have limited real estate on the package. SmartLabel™ pages allows brands to share in-depth product information empowering consumers to make better, more informed choices.

Are your ready to differentiate your brand?

The SmartLabel™ initiative offers brands the opportunity to own their product content online and share out fact-based product data via SmartLabel™ pages. Companies investing in sustainability best-practices have the opportunity to tell their story to the end consumer and present it via SmartLabel™ pages diversifying their product. Each product participating in SmartLabel has a specifically formatted landing page, which can be accessed through a web search, and QR code on their smart phones.

Transparency isn’t just about disclosure…It can be about a more complete picture of the details of how the product is created and what sustainable best-practices the brand is putting in place to manufacture the product. These details can support a brand’s promise and give consumer more reason to love this brand.

Are you ready to take control of your product content and meet transparency demands?

1WorldSync has a longstanding partnership with brand manufacturers and retailers to manage product content and distribute it to consumers. Our customers can now leverage their investment in GDSN to go further and push their product content onto SmartLabel™ pages giving customers clear access to information about the product.

Learn more today!

DCI AG Enters Extensive Partnership with 1WorldSync to Enhance Product Content for Brands and Retailers

DCI AG, a leading German provider of database services, has secured an extensive partnership agreement with 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions to supercharge product content for both brand and retailer customers.

DCI’s proprietary asset and document management tools will manage and enhance the product data manufacturers and suppliers distribute to trading partners through the 1WorldSync solution. DCI will optimize content through 1WorldSync’s entire range of available data services, including unique SEO texts, product pictures and relevant attributes to make data more versatile and easier to use. Together, their deep commerce, industry expertise and robust tools and databases will create a strong value proposition for all companies who need reliable and rich product data.

DCI’s content factory is a fast and cost-efficient system to provide extra value for all kinds of product and commerce data in a multitude of languages. Structured workflows enable DCI’s content factory to quickly react and scale based on the client or industry requirements. Supported by 1WorldSync’s market-leading aggregation and syndication platform and expert services, customers will gain access to the robust, authentic product content they need to drive revenue and consumer loyalty.

“We are honored to have been chosen to play an important role in enhancing the service landscape of 1WorldSync,” says Sascha Neubacher, Chief Sales Officer of DCI AG. “Omnichannel trade offers sellers the opportunity to increase sales as well as brand awareness and loyalty. The basis for this is complete digital product information as an essential touchpoint of the customer journey. Our partnership enhances our joint portfolio in key European and North American markets.”

“Complete, consistent product content is mission critical in today’s omnichannel world,” says Dan Wilkinson, CCO of 1WorldSync. “1WorldSync provides brands and retailers an end-to-end solution for consistent product content throughout the supply chain, ensuring data is accurate at every touchpoint, whether it’s online, in store or on a mobile device. We are excited to partner with DCI to enhance the abilities of brands and retailers to meet consumer needs for authentic product content.”

For more information about DCI’s content services, visit www.dci.de/services-and-products/content-services/. For more information about 1WorldSync’s supply chain enablement services, visit www.1worldsync.com/supply-chain/.