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Four Keys To Unlocking Content Quality With Master Data Management

“Data is useful. High-quality, well-understood, auditable data is priceless.”~ Ted Friedman, Gartner

In today’s world of connected commerce, trusted product content powers every step of the consumer’s path to purchase and is at the root of every shopper’s journey from discovery to delight.

Competing with trusted product content that your customers can rely on in the face of an ever evolving e-commerce landscape is critical. Compelling product content sells your products both online and in-store, creates an unparalleled customer experience, and guarantees brand loyalty.

Furthermore, the cost of bad content is shockingly high. In the face of critical deadlines, many individuals make corrections themselves but do not follow up with the content creator or owner. These content inaccuracies can continue to propagate, leading to lost sales, potential fines, and dissatisfied customers.

Why Is Having Good Content Quality Difficult?

  • Suppliers have multiple systems that house product content for individual departments.
  • Product content requirements change quickly and often.  
  • The disparity between GDSN and e-commerce product content leads to damaging consumer experiences

Begin Your Content Quality Journey With 1WorldSync and EnterWorks

1WorldSync and EnterWorks understand that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content and data quality are essential.

Read our joint e-book as a guide to not only better understand the cost of bad product content to your business but also validate, report and strategize for improved data quality.

You will learn:

  • why data quality is a big deal for brand owners and why having good data quality is difficult
  • what is the cost of bad product content to your business
  • the four keys to unlocking data quality ranging from data validation, data stewardship, data matching, and data governance

How E-Commerce Ready Is Your Product Content?

Most people do online research and compare different options and start their product searches online, with over 65% of consumers conducting online product research before stepping foot in a store. The need for optimized, accurate and complete product content on the digital shelf is critical to driving sales and protecting brand equity with consumers and partners.

Consumers expect rich and trusted product content from discovery to decision making on all channels to compare choices. If product content is incomplete, they ultimately will lose the confidence to make a purchase.

Big Ten Attributes: Optimize Your Product And Amplify Your Brand With 1WorldSync

In collaboration with leading international e-tailers, (such as Walmart and Kroger) and data analysts, we identified the top 10 B2C attributes that make the difference in online-sales. Those key attributes make your products more discoverable, increase your conversion rates and achieve better brand loyalty.

Top Ten Attributes
# Name Definition
1. Item Identification (GTIN) Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), the GS1 key used for the identification of trade items.
2. Product Description (Title) An understandable and usable description of a trade item using brand and other descriptors.

This attribute is filled with as little abbreviation as possible while keeping to a reasonable length.

Field length is 178 characters. This should be a meaningful description of the trade item with full spelling to facilitate message processing. Retailers can use this description as the base to fully understand the brand, flavour, scent etc. of the specific GTIN in order to accurately create a product description as needed for their internal systems or web shops.

3. Product Dimensions (height, width and depth) The height, width and depth of the trade item, as measured according to the GDSN Package Measurement Rules.
4. Preparation or Usage Instructions Preparation: Code specifying the type of preparation method the nutrient information applies to for example boil or fry. Or a code specifying the technique used to make the product ready for consumption. For example: baking, boiling.

Usage: Expresses in text the consumer usage instructions of a product which are normally held on the label or accompanying the product. This information may or may not be labeled on the pack. Instructions may refer to the how the consumer is to use the product, This does not include storage, food preparations, and drug dosage and preparation instructions.

5. Feature and Benefits Element for consumer facing marketing content to describe the key features or benefits of the style suitable for display purposes. Not repeatable for language. Attribute is repeatable with a field length of 250 characters.
6. Ingredient Statements Information on the constituent ingredient makeup of the product specified as one string for food and non-food items. Attribute is repeatable and has a field length of 5000 characters.
7. Marketing Message (Romance Copy) Marketing message associated to the Trade item. It is a formatted description with a field length of 4000 characters.
8. Key Words
9. Product Images The type of file that is being referenced for example product image. In case of a product image possible links would be:

  • PRODUCT_IMAGE
  • 360_DEGREE_IMAGE
  • MOBILE_DEVICE_IMAGE
10. Additional Images and Digital Assets The type of file that is being referenced for. Examples would be:

  • SAFETY_DATA_SHEET
  • VIDEO
  • WARRANTY_INFORMATION
  • ZOOM_VIEW

 

In order to create a meaningful product description, the data from attributes such as brand name, sub-brand, variant, functional name and net content can be easily adopted and combined in a specified sequence.

In the example below, the product description is composed out of the brand name “Kelly’s”, the sub-brand “Sunland Farm”, the variant “salted”, the functional name “Potato Chips” and the net content “10 OZ”.

Product description with high data quality Product description with low data quality
Kelly’s Sunland Farm salted Potato Chips 10 OZ Kelly Sun S. 100 OZ P. Chips

 

Three of the five attributes (brand name, functional name and the net content) in GDSN are mandatory attributes and should be already available in the supplier’s system. The brand name isn’t maintained correctly and abbreviations are used. Only the net content seems to be correct but is not in the right place of order.

Want to learn more about the relevance of these big 10 attributes or fill out any missing attributes? 

From UDI to GDSN: How the Medical Device Data Landscape Keeps Evolving

Are you receiving requests for  your product data from large GPO’s and hospital networks?

Medical device manufacturers receiving these requests from buyers, often require a unique dataset to be transmitted to them by the manufacturer through the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) for each product available for purchase. These companies require unique, but overlapping, datasets for every device product.

With growing demands, device manufactures are unsure where to begin.

How do you collect the data, get it into the GDSN, keep it secure and ensure it is always up-to-date?

Together, Reed Tech and 1WorldSync offer device manufacturers a solution to meet the challenges of securely managing all of this data, ensuring it is accurate and up-to-date, and sharing it with the downstream users who need it.

From UDI to GDSN

The process from UDI to GDSN, from beginning to end seems to be unclear for many organizations. This upcoming webinar gives you the chance to learn and understand this process, through the experience of an accomplished device professional who experienced this challenge at Steris and sought out solutions through Reed Tech and 1WorldSync.

Join us for a compelling webinar on Tuesday, July 24th at 11 am ET that discusses:

  • How Steris, a leader in cleaning validation and infection prevention solutions, pivoted from UDI compliance to commercial data exchange efforts
  • Who is asking for data in GDSN and why they need it
  • How the GDSN works
  • The best practices for collecting, storing, managing and syndicating device product data

Label Insight and 1WorldSync Introduce LabelSync

Label Insight, the market leader for transparency, and 1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions, have introduced LabelSync™, the industry’s most comprehensive solution for product data distribution and transparency.

LabelSync pairs Label Insight’s high-order attribute data with 1WorldSync’s unmatched global product content distribution capabilities, enabling brands and retailers to provide consumers with an unprecedented level of rich, high-quality product content.

 Research shows that consumers are looking for product transparency. Two-thirds of consumers feel product transparency should be provided by brands and manufacturers, yet only 12 percent consider brands a trusted source. With SmartLabel, an industry initiative led by the Trading Partner Alliance, brands can deliver easy and instant access to detailed product information directly to consumers.

“SmartLabel is the industry standard for increasing transparency with consumers. With LabelSync, brands can quickly and easily meet all SmartLabel-mandated requirements,” said Karin Borchert, CEO of 1WorldSync. “In our analysis, LabelSync provides twice as much product data across eight major categories than pages created by other methods. Additionally, LabelSync can provide non-mandatory classes of information, such as sustainability, health and safety and product instructions. No other solution on the market can deliver the breadth and depth of information that LabelSync does.”

LabelSync enables manufacturers to source SmartLabel content from a variety of sources, including package flat data and through the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Brands can create and onboard their data in multiple ways, then preview their SmartLabel pages and manage their attributes to ensure accuracy and consistency. LabelSync creates parsed ingredient lists with intuitive and navigable access to detailed information, such as plain language ingredient definitions — powered by Label Insight’s glossary of 300,000 ingredient definitions — that can explain to consumers what it is and why it’s included in the product. From there, 1WorldSync’s powerful Product Information Cloud allows manufacturers to distribute the product content to any of their trading partners across the globe.

“LabelSync is simply the best way for brands to expand their transparency story and move the needle on digital transformation in their business,” said Ronak Sheth, Chief Strategy Officer of Label Insight. “LabelSync unlocks more than 100 attributes for each product, maximizing SmartLabel as a brand canvas for product transparency in the palm of every shopper’s hand. This allows brands to address product features and benefits that matter to consumers, but that physical packaging can’t accommodate. Brands can also leverage SmartLabel data for other transparency initiatives, addressing consistency and completeness gaps with LabelSync’s data generation capabilities.”

By using LabelSync to manage SmartLabel, brands can ensure pages are always up to current specifications and compatible across devices — no longer worrying about software updates, testing and technology upgrades.

CPG brands can select the LabelSync package that best suits their needs. LabelSync Now is a fast and affordable option that leverages GDSN product data. LabelSync Pro offers complete transparency with the industry standard for creating, managing and publishing SmartLabel pages that include off-package and voluntary information. LabelSync Premium is the best-in-class offering that also provides a full suite of images compliant with GS1 standards.

For more information on LabelSync, click here!

Begin Your Data Quality Journey With 1WorldSync

Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile.  Accurate, rich and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight.

Why Is Data Quality A Big Deal For Brand Owners?

  • Recipients drive eCommerce: Do you want your recipients to substitute or scrub your product content? Take back control of your brand message.
  • Volume is everything: Recipients require maximum product content input to drive traffic, optimize search return and boost revenue.
  • Consequences of incomplete product content: Some suppliers face financial penalties due to poor product content management.

Why Is Having Good Data Quality Difficult?

  • Suppliers have multiple systems that house product content for individual departments.
  • Product content requirements change quickly and often.  
  • The disparity between GDSN and e-commerce product content leads to damaging consumer experiences

Win Consumers On The Path To Purchase With 1WorldSync

Enabling more than 25,000 global brands in 60+ countries, 1WorldSync understands that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content and data quality are essential.

The 1WorldSync Professional Services team will help improve your product content quality and accuracy levels. Here are some ways in which we can help:

Our professional services team invites you to receive a customized data quality report based on a sample of your published data.

This is a great way to understand potential data quality issues with your current product content, how you rank against your peers, the impact on your business and what steps you can take to improve your data quality.

Please visit http://solutions.1worldsync.com/data-quality-report

1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group: Unleash The Power Of Your Product Content!

We hope that you are as excited as we are about the 1WorldSync 2018 Annual User Group at GS1 Connect, taking place on June 4 in Phoenix! With a little over a month to spare before this highly anticipated event, 1WorldSync is busy rolling out the green carpet for you.

This year, we will show you how you can unleash the power of your product content! Glean creative insights and engage in peer lead topic breakout groups that cover data quality, web ready content, digital commerce and so much more.

We have speakers from C&S Wholesale Grocers, Coke, Kroger, TOPCO and Walmart sharing insights on how they are using content beyond just publication.  

Here are some insights around the speakers, topics and collaboration sessions that will make it all the more easier for you to make your grand entrance.

11:00 – 11:15 am | Welcome

Karin Borchert, CEO of 1WorldSync, will kick off the 2018 Annual User Group with a warm welcome to all attendees, discuss hot topics on the agenda, and highlight renowned speakers.

11:15 – 11:45 am | Information in the Digital World – The Need for Web Ready Content is Now

Technology now penetrates nearly every aspect of our lives and the industry continues to shift in major ways as consumers demand more information faster. We take a deep dive into the world of today’s consumer, the evolving e-commerce landscape and game-changing industry trends that are shaping 2018.

11:45 am – Noon | 1WorldSync End to End Partner Ecosystem

This session will challenge how you think about content creation, aggregation and curation. Discover our current partnerships that will enable a seamless end-to-end content process.

Noon – 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm | Keynote: C & S Wholesale Grocers

Learn more about who C&S is, and how they are leveraging content coming in through the network to drive innovation with increased accuracy and efficiency.

1:45 – 2:15 pm | Keynote: Coca Cola

Gain insights into the product content journey that Coca-Cola has experienced over the past few years. Learn how they are leveraging unique processes to ensure accuracy and demonstrate the downstream impacts of content quality within their systems and processes.

2:15 – 2:30 pm | Networking Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm |  User Breakouts

We will be splitting the audience into 2 main groups.  Machine-to-Machine and GUI users. In each group we will highlight specifics around data quality, new functionality and impact to those using the systems.  

3:30 – 4:15 pm |  Panel: The Evolving World of Digital Commerce  

Are you leveraging your GDSN investment in the ever expanding and evolving world of digital commerce? Join us for this impactful and must-attend session where you can hear first-hand from our renowned practitioners on:

  • How they compete with trusted content that their consumers can count on
  • How they connect their current GDSN investments with the new requirements of e-commerce and the cloud
  • What actions they are taking to stay connected to their end consumers

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm | 1WorldSync Product Vision: Where We Are Today & Where We Are Going

Do you have the essential knowledge and skills needed to empower the success of your data sync initiatives? Review 1WorldSync’s robust capabilities and the upcoming functionalities based on the company’s roadmap. Explore where the 1WorldSync Global Platform is going and how it relates to your Web Ready Product Content.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm | Closing Remarks

1WorldSync wraps up the 2018 Annual User Group!  Provides a recap of insights from the day with lessons learned and lasting best practices that will drive tomorrow’s results.

Are you ready to witness world class experts share their expertise in engaging consumers on the path to purchase with trusted product content anytime, anywhere? Register today and we will see you in Phoenix very soon!

The Devil Is In The Product Content Details

In order to succeed in today’s cross-channel world, brands must be able to give consumers what they want, when they want it and in the manner they demand it. If shoppers can’t find the information they are looking for, they will go elsewhere.

In fact, 1 in 3 consumers have bought from a brand other than their preferred choice because of the information they received while shopping online. Consumers demand accurate and robust product content on the path to purchase.

The devil is truly in the product content details. From discovery to decision making, product content is the driver of every shopper’s journey. Compelling product content sells your products both online and in-store, creates an unparalleled customer experience, and guarantees loyalty.

The long and winding path to purchase

The path to purchase is no longer linear! Don’t lose your way. Consumers find information about products via social media, apps, internet research, in-store visits, and online purchases, in no particular order. Shoppers expect consistent product content along their individual paths to purchase as they are constantly shifting between the online and physical world. There are blurred lines between blended commerce.

As a result, product content, which has always been important for trading partners, is also important for the consumers. For this reason, product content management should no longer be the exclusive purview of IT and supply chain executives. All business domains—especially  marketing, merchandising, sales and customer service—have critical dependencies on product content and complete for the best customer experience.

Win consumers on the path to purchase with 1WorldSync

Best-in-class retailers such as Kroger, Lidl and Walmart partner with 1WorldSync to ensure they receive the product attributes that give customers better visibility about the products they are buying. These retailers are clearly outlining what content they want from brands and how they want it delivered. They leverage the 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud (PIC) to prepare, capture, validate, transform and deliver the product content.

A key ingredient to both successfully growing as a company and mastering e-commerce trends lies in strong product content management. 1WorldSync can help in this regard.

Are you ready to go further in your product content journey?

  • GO DIGITAL: Centralize and digitize Product Content for Omni-Channel (GDSN & NON)
  • SELL EVERYWHERE: Showcase and promote more products on any channel  
  • DELIVER CONTENT EFFICIENTLY: Engage and integrate product information with Omni-Channel customers

Request a consultation to learn more

1WorldSync: Trustworthy Content, Anytime, Everywhere

88% of consumers say product content is extremely important to their purchasing decision. As a result, vendors are being asked to provide accurate and complete content to trading partners in order to enhance the shopper experience.

What is the GDSN?

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) enables trading partners to globally share trusted product content.

Don’t waste countless hours uploading data to individual portals. You can benefit from:

  • Data Upload to a Single SourceEliminate duplicate efforts! You can instantly publish your data to your DIY/Hardlines, Healthcare, CPG-Retail and Foodservice industry partners across different verticals and countries.
  • Consistency via GS1 Data Standards: The GS1 data standards enable standardization and obsoletion of specific attribute profiles.
  • Central Control: Gain central control and ease over your product content updates.
  • Data Publication: Publish your data to all or specific trading partners. e.g. private labels

1WorldSync: Globally Exchange Product Content in the GDSN

1WorldSync is jointly owned by the member organizations of GS1 US and GS1 Germany, the preeminent global organization for the development of global standards, for identifying, capturing and sharing product information.

1WorldSync has the largest number of items in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) with 80% of GDSN data activity enabled by the 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud supporting more than 25,000 brands and retailers in over 60 countries.

1WorldSync is the only GDSN Data Pool for product information services with ISO certification & applied standards and we offer global scalability – multi-lingual product and customer support services, serving the CPG-Retail, Foodservice, Healthcare and Hardlines/DIY industries.

Trusted Content Matters

Do you want to learn how we enable companies to distribute trusted product content to your customers via the GDSN and beyond? 1WorldSync understands that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content matters.

Visit 1WorldSync, in Booth #310, at the 2018 50th Anniversary NETWORK Supplier Trade Show being held on April 15-18 in Las Vegas.

Empower your consumers to make data driven decisions on their path to purchase.

 

No Mercy For Bad Data

For many years, product master data has been exchanged between suppliers and recipients to support automation of backend processes. There was a significant focus on B2B aspects of data, information, and structured data. Data was exchanged between suppliers and recipients to support automation of backend processes.

What’s the Big Deal About Data Quality?

Today digitalization drives a much stronger form and rigid level of automation for retailers’ backend systems. Automated sales and procurement forecasting systems are now a commodity for all major retailer and e-tailer backends. Plus process costs must be kept at the lowest levels possible to beat competition.

Clean and accurate data is the prerequisite for all aspects of digitalization in retail backend systems. Because of the high degree of automation and real-time requirements in digitalized backend processes, the negative consequences of inaccurate data range from loss of customers to declining revenue.

Enter 1WorldSync: Trusted Content, Everytime, Everywhere

Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile.  Accurate, rich and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight.

Enabling more than 25,000 global brands in 60+ countries, 1WorldSync understands that no matter where you conduct business, trusted content and data quality are essential.

Here are some ways in which we can help:

  1. New User Interfaces: 1WorldSync invests in new user interfaces to drive the do-it-right-first-time (DRIFT) value proposition to avoid errors while typing data in the User Interaface.
  2. Data Quality Standards: Global data quality programs support the definition of data quality standards for communities or industry initiatives. The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is a great foundation for data quality standards because it standardizes formats, syntax and semantics. In Germany alone, over 300 new validation rules have been integrated to the 1WorldSync systems to assess product data.
  3. Machine Learning: 1WorldSync is developing state of the art components using machine learning methods to detect data outliers. These outliers ensure that data that passes all validation rules will be inspected with smart methods and minimal efforts. Initial results have been extremely promising and already prove that machine learning can take product data quality to new levels.

For more information on 1WorldSync Data Quality Solutions, please visit http://solutions.1worldsync.com/data-quality-report

Good Content Grows Sales – Grow Your Business With Amazon

According to FierceRetail, “Information about the product has grown to become as important as the product itself – influencing 56 cents of every dollar in retail sales.”

Amazon has always understood that the consumer is king and strived to provide a seamless shopping experience. Since, consumers don’t have the liberty to physically inspect and check the products while shopping online, product content they can trust is critical in order to judge a product. Without product content, Amazon has nothing to help their customers make confident buying decisions.

1WorldSync Partners with Amazon to Improve Product Content Completeness and Quality

Did you know that Amazon commands more than half of all product searches? Their website often gets more traffic than a single brand’s website with 55 percent of online shoppers starting their product searches on Amazon. Thus, it is imperative to ensure high-quality content about your brand.

For this reason, Amazon launched their Catalog Content Capture initiative. In partnership with 1WorldSync, Amazon has joined the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to make it easier for brands, manufacturers and distributors to address the challenges driven by low attribute coverage, data quality and receiving an automated catalog feed from trusted sources.

1WorldSync and Amazon have made it easier for brands, manufacturers and distributors to sell products and improve product content on Amazon in three ways:

  • Automation: The partnership provides an automated process for managing and distributing product information on different Amazon channels, including Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh.
  • Accuracy: The partnership improves the total accuracy of product content on Amazon.com by sourcing data from 1WorldSync’s trusted Product Information Cloud.
  • Comprehensiveness: Through GDSN, content on Amazon is standardized and validated through GS1 Global Standards.

Don’t Miss Out! March 1 & 5 Amazon Webinars

On March 1st at 1 pm EST or March 5th at 4 pm EST, join us for a compelling webinar with experts from Amazon’s Retail Product Management team. You will learn:

  • How Amazon’s Content Capture Initiative has driven improvements in product content quality and completeness.
  • How to provide an automated process to manage and distribute your product content to Amazon.
  • How to capitalize on Search Engine Optimization and make your product content highly discoverable.