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.
There are 1,100 GS1/GDSN standard product attributes. But don’t quote me on this. That’s because the count is approximate, and growing. More importantly, the 1,100 calculation requires several scoping and definitional qualifiers.
A GS1/GDSN standard product attribute can be defined as a product item attribute that has been “approved” and “modeled.” “Approved” means the attribute has been approved by industry through the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP). “Modeled” means that the GS1 Global Office has developed the formatting structure, data type and defined valid values, if applicable, for the attribute. Some attributes have been approved, but not yet modeled or published in the GS1 Global Data Dictionary.
In today’s fast pace business environment, technology challenges are increasing due to the ability to connect large numbers of trading partners around the world with accurate, authentic, timely data. With ever changing customer requirements companies have been forced over the last decade to become more dynamic and support the shift in supply chain architecture from manual to IT cloud based solutions.
Reliance on the one-to-any connection requirements is difficult for both the data source and data recipient. If they can’t connect virtually with all trading partners, then product information and reporting can be unusable and lost, impacting sales, brand integrity and compliance.
I think it is fair to say that commerce has always been a very social activity. Marketplaces have been a gathering place for people for thousands of years and word of mouth has always been a huge influence on what people buy. But as more and more people engage in social networking activities and platforms (1.3 billion people use Facebook every month), there is a new opportunity to provide commerce as part of people’s interactions in social networking activity.