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Product Content and the Impact on Nutrition

1WorldSync’s Senior Manager, Community Enablement, Payal Patel discusses the importance of product content and the impact on nutrition with Robert Howell Vice President, Merchandising, from Sysco.

1WorldSync: What would you tell your suppliers who are currently not synchronizing product content with Sysco?

Sysco: The foodservice industry has made the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards a top priority in an effort to improve the completeness, accuracy and availability of product information for foodservice operators and consumers. One aspect of this adoption is active participation in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). With this renewed emphasis on supplier participation, Sysco is requiring suppliers to begin synchronizing product information via the GDSN.

1WorldSync: Before leveraging GDSN to capture product attribute data, what did your environment look like in regards to capturing and updating your suppliers’ product content?

Sysco: Prior to leveraging GDSN to obtain data from suppliers, Sysco utilized a process called Request for Data (RFD). This process involved a manual population of data attributes into an Excel Spreadsheet. This process also lacked enriched data such as nutritional, marketing, and image information.

1WorldSync:  What is the risk when lacking accessible, accurate, timely product content from Suppliers?

Sysco: Not having access to complete and accurate content may lead to several issues including:

  • Lost Sales
  • Impact on brand image
  • Compliance and regulatory challenges
  • Profitability

1WorldSync: What is Sysco doing with this content?

Sysco: Sysco is using the content we receive via the GDSN to feed the master product catalog, which consists of items sold to our customers. Our customers include restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who consume meals prepared away from home.

Sysco also uses the content received from manufacturers via the GDSN for our customer-facing ecommerce applications, as well as our Marketing Associates sales systems. The data, including product images, is particularly important when it comes to being able to effectively market and sell to customers using web-based order entry platforms.

Our buyers utilize the GDSN information to look up the items they want to source for our customers, and therefore, it is important for us to have complete and accurate product information to support sales. Again, images and nutritional information is of critical significance to enable customers to make more informed buying decisions.

1WorldSync: How would you describe your relationship with 1WorldSync and the onboarding process?

Sysco: Sysco partnered with 1WorldSync to drive participation among our supplier community. 1WorldSync is assisting in on-boarding our suppliers via communication, training & education, supplier outreach and program awareness activities.

1WorldSync: How would you describe the results that you have achieved in working with us?

Sysco: 1WorldSync has assisted in the coordination of onboarding suppliers, as well as building the supplier relationship with GDSN and Sysco by providing outreach and assistance to the supplier community.

1WorldSync can help you address your product content challenges and get engaged. Contact businessdevelopment@1worldsync.com to get started today!

It’s Showtime: It’s Time for YOU to Discover 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice

Are you ready to get your food products discovered by more buyers? Or Are you ready to diversify your product offerings and convert more customers?

1WorldSync presents Showcase for Foodservice!

Q1: What’s the main purpose of the 1WorldSync Showcase for  Foodservice

1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice is a B2B community based application and digital marketplace where food buyers can discover products to sell in their stores/restaurants. On the flip side, sellers can decide to showcase some or all of their food products to be discovered by existing or new buyers or app developers, worldwide. By creating this visibility of products, 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice allows you to connect globally and grow your sales!

Q2: What are some of the benefits for suppliers who participate?

1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice allows foodservice manufacturers and suppliers to highlight their products to the long tail of foodservice distributors. This will allow new revenue opportunities and lower cost to serve by ensuring accurate content is readily available to customers and third parties alike.

  • Provide visualization to the entire Foodservice community to search and view your products
  • Reduce manual process of publishing to individual foodservice community recipients
  • Eliminate the need for recipients to provide outdated product content to sell your products
  • Allow recipients access to your product content – resulting in new sales
  • Provide one version of the truth with accurate, up-to-date product content
  • Enhance relationships with your trading partners

Q3: How does the 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice benefit a Foodservice distributor?

It’s a great way for a distributor or operator to feature additional products for purchase by their consumers, especially as we head into the holiday shopping season.

  • Discover and sell new products
  • Connect to thousands of global suppliers
  • Diversify your product offering and convert more customers

Q4: How do you sign up for the 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice?

It’s easy! Call 866-280-4013 or click today! Take a tour of the app and fill out the online form to learn more! A 1WorldSync representative to contact you so you can get started right away.

Take a tour and get started with 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice today!

The Organic (R)evolution

What may seem like a revolution has really been a slow and steady renaissance. Certainly before the 1920s, all agriculture was generally organic.  But then along came modern techniques, chemical pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers leading to the rapid dismissal of organic farming methods for many decades.

A quick fast forward to the ‘be natural’ approach of the 1960s and 1970s, and consumers were suddenly interested in health, nutrition and environmental conservation. But organic foods were still not in the mainstream (think hippies and off-the-beaten-path health food stores) and despite the audience buying, were expensive and exclusionary.  Conversely, most Americans at that time were enjoying inexpensive TV dinners, Hamburger Helper and casseroles made from canned soups.

By the 1990s, organic foods spread to the corners of specialty supermarkets and were the cornerstone of newer food emporiums, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.  Unfortunately, organic food costs were nearly double or triple their non-organic counterparts. And aside from the expense, availability was also limited.  Not every neighborhood boasted a Gelson’s or Bristol Farms. Going organic was for the few and the elite.

Today, the organic industry has moved beyond a niche market. Organic products now occupy prime shelf space in the big chain supermarkets, mainstream retailers and are much more accessible and affordable. Food giants like General Mills and Kellogg have entered the organic game and many small organic food companies have grown into large businesses. For example, ‘O – Organics’ just launched a new ad campaign with the main message being “We believe that great tasting organic food should be available to everyone and sold everywhere at a great value.”

In fact, the “booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey.

So clearly, it’s not just hippies and health food nuts jumping on the organic train. Today, according to the OTA, “It is the face of America. The demographics of the organic consumer are not any different than the demographics of America.”

For retailers, the growing organic market continually increases the potential for more sales. However, it can be hard to lure new customers in and keep them as your customers. Industry trends have shown that to gain more customers, providing consumers with the information they demand is the key. This begins with offering the products consumers want, which can be discovered within 1WorldSync Showcase; and requires transparency of product information in the form of an easily accessible standardized, digital label, such as the 1WorldSync SmartLabel solution.

1WorldSync keeps a pulse on all consumer and market trends so that your business can continue to thrive while maintaining the brand loyalty it has established over the years, whether it began pre- or post-organic renaissance.

Discoverability, the Modern Matchmaker of B2C Relationships

Fancy an artisanal vanilla-spiked ginger-ale?  What about sun dried tomato cottage cheese?  Have a hankering for fresh poke spiked with birch water?  Or perhaps your tastes run a little more old-fashioned, say whole bean pasta, rolled ice cream and rainbow flecked cappuccino.  All real, quite delicious food trends from the summer of 2016.  Consumers want the unusual, the interesting and the Instagram-worthy.  It’s all good and it’s all delicious and it’s what consumers are shopping for.

Interestingly, many of these items are from small food suppliers/brands. And they are flourishing, encroaching on market share and gaining national distribution as shoppers reach for products that tout themselves as novel, local, rarefied or containing better ingredients. One reason for the success of many small food suppliers and brands, is that along with distributors – some sell through etailers, such as Amazon; other small companies sell directly to the consumer.  (According to the NY Times: “Total sales are still dominated by big brands, but brands lost market share in 42 of 54 categories, from baby food to yogurt, over the last five years as new products gained.”)

We’ll state the obvious, but food products – from small and large food companies alike – must get in front of as many consumers as possible, whether on physical and/or virtual shelves.  And in order to do this effectively, the focus must be on providing the retailer with as much product information as possible.

This is exactly where 1WorldSync can help. 1WorldSync has developed Showcase for Foodservice, a B2B community based application where you can decide to showcase some or all of your products so that they can be discovered by existing and new buyers or application developers, worldwide! And since 1WorldSync has well-established and longstanding partnerships with the largest foodservice distributors across the globe, chances are pretty darn good that your products will be easily discovered, increasing your brand awareness and of course, your bottom line!

 

A Virtual Trip Down the Grocery Aisle – How Consumer Shopping Trends are Shifting

Got the list?  Check.  Got the coupons?  Check.  Grab the kids and off you go for a thrilling ride to the local grocery store.  Up and down the aisles, comparing labels, mentally calculating totals and if you’re lucky, you’ll be unloading those groceries about 2 hours later.  Sounds like a fun Saturday.  Fortunately, for many, there’s some relief in the form of online groceries and it’s revolutionizing the way people shop.

And while technology has brought the supermarket to consumers’ fingertips online, there is also a digital wave happening within the aisles of the store, as we see mobile become part of that same shopping experience.

Really, you ask?  Take a look at some recent stats.

  • Nearly one-third of shoppers say they would use various forms of digital technology if it were offered at their grocery store. The most desired offering shoppers would like to see is an app that provides the ability to order items not available in store and the ability to scan items as they shop in order to bypass checkout.
  • Thirty-six percent of shoppers are interested in using an app or web portal to preorder prepared foods they can pick up at the store.
  • More than 40% of shoppers report buying grocery purchases online at least once a month.

Since most shoppers are never far from their smartphones, online ordering is easier. Plus, there simply are more ways to shop online for food and other household products. Certainly, digital changes are disrupting the way consumers shop and eat. Healthy living products, including dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids and metabolites, as well as cosmetics, organic body and personal care products, pet products, sports nutrition and health foods are more readily available.  And just by virtue of the wide availability means that comparison shopping (prices, ingredients, etc.) is far easier.  That’s great news for consumers who are busier, pickier and far more demanding than ever.

The CPG and Foodservice industry landscapes continue to transform and grow and the demand for transparency of product information is more important than ever before. 1WorldSync solutions for transparency and compliance, such as the SmartLabel solution, can help those businesses meet these demands, regulations and ultimately, free up those crowded grocery store aisles.

Summer Release Sneak Peek!

Summer Release Sneak Peek

1WorldSync will be launching our Summer release later this month. We’re excited to debut our expanded capabilities to support your Omni-Channel and Healthcare product information initiatives. The Summer Release features new apps and solutions that include:
 
  • Foodservice Product Content Marketplace that will allow foodservice manufacturers to highlight their products to the long tail of foodservice distributors.
  • Digital Catalog which allows you to take your product content in Catalog1 and create a rich online product catalog that can be used by your internal sales and customer service teams, browsed by your customers, and leveraged by your marketing teams.
  • And several new apps that allows you to get your products Google, Walmart, Amazon and beyond!

Stay tuned for more information about our Summer Release!

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Product Information

Nothing symbolizes summer in America more than the fourth of July. Barbecues, fireworks and flags waving in the breeze are everywhere you turn. The US of A celebrates her 240th birthday this year and honestly America, you don’t look a day over 220! Seriously, have you had work done?? America the Beautiful is taking health and wellness more seriously than ever before. From what we eat, use to care for our homes and bodies and almost any other consumer product you can think of, access to product information and transparency rules the decision-making process. Let’s discuss how the tradition of Independence Day has transformed over the past generation and what the possibilities are for the future, shall we?!

Barbecues! This tradition is strong and there is no way anyone will ever pull dad away from his grill or pry the tongs out of his hands. What has changed is what gets put on that grill. You may find that nitrate-filled hot dogs and pre-cut hamburger patties are a thing of the past. As people become more concerned with things like preservatives, carcinogens, and animal cruelty, you’re more likely to be served organic chicken sausage, grass-fed beef burgers and of course a vegetarian option like a black bean burger or deviled eggs (cage-free of course!). Beyond just ingredients, food safety and traceability continue to be of high importance and Uncle Sam will only continue to demand more product information from the foodservice industry.

Whether it’s beaches, parks or just your backyard, summer gatherings all (hopefully) have one thing in common – good ol’ Mr. Sun. We all want to have fun in the sun, but without the sting of a sunburn later on. What used to be a simple decision between SPF 15 or 30 has now become an endless list of choices: spray or lotion, safe for children, face or body, waterproof or water resistant, and on and on and ON! I just don’t want to feel sticky and disgusting all day, kthanksbye! But we live and we learn; from premature wrinkles to melanoma, the sun is not to messed with and the public has made it very clear to brand owners that they demand full transparency for sun protection products – and boy did they deliver, yeesh!

No fourth of July celebration would be complete without the iconic firework display. Back in my day, we would set these babies off right in our backyard. How times have changed. This pastime is now, for the most part, completely illegal, but honestly, what were we thinking? “Hey I have a great idea, how about after we drink all day in the sun (sans protection!), we set off some explosives!?” Super smart #eyeroll. Now we all congregate in a wide open space where we can SAFELY view the fireworks from afar without the worry of them backfiring or exploding in our faces. We have also come to know that these loud noises are not so fun for our furry friends, so we keep them out of residential neighborhoods as well. If you can’t make it out to your community fireworks but still want the essence of the holiday, stick to harmless sparklers :)

1WorldSync understands that consumer demands drive business. The more information they have, the more information they want, so companies are only going to have to provide more information in as many ways as possible in the shortest amount of time. 1WorldSync solutions for transparency and compliance, such as the SmartLabel solution,  can help your business to meet these demands and regulations, now and in the future! America seems to be moving in a positive direction to keep ourselves and our families safe and informed, but the only constant in life is change, so in another 20 years we’ll look back on a whole host of new advancements and trends. So, whatever your plans are for July 4th weekend, remember you have the freedom to choose products that meet your standards!

Thanksgiving…Yelp can Help?

When most people think of Thanksgiving, their minds picture a big dinner table at home surrounded by family and friends. However, this old-fashioned vision may be more nostalgia than anything else. In 2013, 33 million Americans relied on restaurants for all or part of their Thanksgiving dinner*. Add that to the 46 million that dined out on Black Friday, it’s clear that traditions are changing.

Stating reasons such as convenience, personal preference and lack of space to host, it is clear that consumers want, and more importantly, need options. Whether they plan on celebrating the entire holiday at their favorite restaurant or order in to avoid washing pots and pans, Americans have the freedom to tailor Thanksgiving to their own lifestyle needs.

As the number of Thanksgiving diners increases, restaurants must also take necessary precautions to protect their guests when a food poisoning outbreak occurs. This includes identifying the origin of the affected food in order to stop serving whatever it is that is causing the illness.

Mobile applications such as Yelp and other restaurant review sites could be used by public health officials as an early way to detect food poisoning outbreaks and prevent future spread**. Just as consumers have the freedom to choose where they would like to celebrate Thanksgiving, with immediate and real time access to dining information,  they also would have the ability to alert others if a certain establishment has had any issues with food poisoning. Other diners then have the freedom to make an informed decision to dine elsewhere – keeping themselves and hopefully many others out of harm’s way.

Once just a convenience tool to post recommendations and make reservations, restaurant review sites are now serving up a more useful purpose.

*http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/79-million-Americans-to-call-on-restaurants-on-Tha

**http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2015/10/26/yelp-could-help-public-health-officials-track-foodborne-illnesses

1WorldSync Annual User Group, Europe

The 2015 Annual User Group, Europe was a fun and informative event, bringing 184 participants from 89 companies and 18 countries together for a day of collaboration and sharing! Our key theme was: “Be efficient, Be compliant, Be transparent”.
The event kicked off with a networking boat cruise and the EMEA Power of 1 Awards.
This year’s winners include:
  • Data Quality – Dr. Oetker
  • GDSN Adoption – Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Innovation – Mars, Incorporated
  • Compass Award – David Sheldon, Nestle
The AUG agenda was packed with the first industry workshops for DIY, Healthcare and FMCG/Foodservice. Customer and partner speakers for the plenary sessions included Google, Mars, Lansa, SCA, Jorg Pretzel of GS1 Germany, The World Customs Organisation, and KPMG
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Visit the 1WorldSync Annual User Group site to read more.

Food Safety has Life-Altering Consequences

History was made this week as a former CEO received the largest penalty ever for a food poisoning outbreak case because his product contained a deadly disease. This ruling will inevitably cause a fundamental shift in how future outbreaks are handled, by the courts and the foodservice industry alike. Food manufacturers are now on high alert that there are major repercussions for not complying with food safety regulations.

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