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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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Regulatory Compliance and Beyond

Globally, businesses are experiencing the same challenge: they need robust, trusted, accurate product information. Consumers are demanding it, trading partners are requiring it, and governments are mandating it. While meeting consumer and customer demands are certainly a driver for change, regulatory mandates with tangible repercussions for non-compliance push businesses into action.

Organizations all over the world are being driven by local, federal, and global regulations to streamline their product information distribution systems for accuracy and transparency. Its impacting multiple industries; EU1169 in the foodservice and FMCG/CPG industry, UDI in the Healthcare industry, GHS in the DIY/Hardlines industry. Organizations are being compelled to act and in the process of assessing the scope and impact, are seizing the opportunity to achieve additional benefits.

Global organizations are seeing that readying product information for regulatory compliance comes with valuable byproducts. As internal systems are evaluated and streamlined to achieve compliance, additional business benefits are being achieved; supply chains are becoming optimized for efficiency, processes for data quality and accuracy are being implemented, and e-comm initiatives are being powered and supported. Product information is becoming rich, robust, accurate and readily available to customers and consumers alike, and businesses are becoming more efficient, compliant, and transparent.

Mondelez International is a shining example of how readying product information for regulatory compliance can transform systems and enable trusted, transparent product information exchange. Their approach of implementing a single global solution across all markets not only prepared their data for EU1169 compliance, but empowered their business for critical omni-channel initiatives. Read more about how Mondelez International met their regulatory deadline and then some!

Consume with Peace of Mind

As I was scanning through my personal feed on Facebook, I came across a post that grabbed my attention, as it affects me both personally and professionally.  You see I am VP of Global Marketing at 1WorldSync a company that enables the exchange of product information from the source side (suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners) to the recipient side (retailers, e-tailers) to help provide consumers (like you and I) the information required to make smart purchasing decisions.

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Product Information and the Impact on Childhood Nutrition

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.

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Don’t Put the Accuracy “Cart” Ahead of the Completeness “Horse”

Throughout time, grandiose aspirations have seemingly convoluted processes and procedures.  What exactly do I mean by this? The Foodservice Industry has been struggling with this balancing act for a number of years now. The balance between reaching an Ultimate Goal vs. Ability to Execute towards that goal. That balancing act has never been more tested than with the concept of Data Quality. On a daily basis, I’m constantly having conversations with some of the largest Foodservice manufacturers and they all have the same aspirations around Data Quality: be Complete (be seen as 100% “phase 2” attribute requirements across their entire product offerings) and Accurate (provide the most accurate product information as possible).

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1WorldSync Annual User Group

Thank you to everyone who attended the 1WorldSync Annual User Group and GS1 Connect 2014. The week was a great success!

This year we gathered in San Diego, California with over 260 1WorldSync community members from the CPG/General Merchandise, Foodservice, Hardlines and Healthcare industries for the 1WorldSync Annual User Group. This full day of community collaboration included Workgroup breakout sessions, customer presentations and panel discussions.

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