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Transparency – The New Consumer and Corporate Social Mandate

For some time now we have been living in an era of Transparency. Transparency in our policies and procedures, transparency in the business practices we operate, and transparency in the products and services we buy in business and in our daily lives. The transparent manner in which consumers expect to discover, buy and express opinions about products or services is the new norm for any business that expects to flourish in the mobile social economy.

Product information is in demand throughout the entire discover-to-review lifecycle, and at virtually every touch point of the consumer experience. Understanding the importance and value of product information transparency and its accessibility is simple, however, delivering it efficiently and seamlessly is anything but simple. Businesses must revisit the manner in which product information is created, exploded, standardized, quality assured and syndicated to all parties that enable the consumer experience.

Consumer demand for transparency and accountability is forcing businesses and entire industries to revisit the way product information is sourced, aggregated, distributed and labeled. Years ago, the seller was in control as purchase decisions were based on the availability, convenience and brand. The paradigm has shifted, and with an abundance of choice in front of them, consumers are making selections not simply on brand or availability, but on the attributes about the product. 

Compounding this even further, a plethora of global legal and regulatory mandates have been put into place, requiring Brand Owners and Sellers to comply with product information centric regulations. For example, EU Food Regulation 1169 or FDA’s Unique Device Identification. Such regulations are another compelling force for companies all around the globe to take a closer look at the digital information chain that accompanies their products as they pass along transitional and new Omni-channels to market.

For 1WorldSync, product information transparency gets to the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to empower global businesses and consumers with trusted product information that enables improved decision making, efficiency, health and well-being.

Our Product Information Cloud platform purpose was built to deliver syndicated product information solutions and services to customers around the globe that rely on product information to power their businesses. For many of our 16,000 customers, the ability to mobilize a product information transparency program is a logical next step on top of the solid product information management foundations they have built with us over the last decade or more.

Every industry we operate in is actively investing in software and processes transformation that enables transparency. From the product development, to aggregation and management of product data at the manufacturer to setting up an item for sale at a retail or online store, to presenting that information to the consumer.

It is such a hot topic this year that we have made it the focus of our annual customer user conferences in both the USA at GS1 Connect, and in our EMEA customer event alongside ECR Europe this year. 

Enable and Empower your Supply Chain!

Now, more than ever, global supply chains are under pressure to be agile and transparent, in the face of renewed consumer demand and the massive rise of Omni-channel commerce. In today’s digital world, your product information is one of your most valuable assets. Before your customers and trading partners ever see the physical product, they will have access to the digital information representing it. With the explosion of product information in the marketplace, the demand for quality, accurate product data has grown exponentially.

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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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