The need for product information is on the rise; everyone wants it and everyone needs it. From your procurement officer to your end consumer, product information is impacting your business’s bottom line. Whether that impact is positive or negative is greatly dependent on the quality of your product information. Enabling your business to deliver high quality product information sets your business up for success in today’s market place. As the global leader in enabling trusted product information exchange, 1WorldSync has identified 4 key steps to delivering quality product information to trading partners:
- Understand what information is needed to support your products
a. Discover what information is needed to register your items within the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)
i. Some required information needed to register your items in the Global Registry includes:
1. Global Location Number (GLN)
2. Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), make sure to follow the GTIN allocation rules
3. Understanding how to build Product Hierarchies
b. Visit the Landing pages of the Recipients you wish to publish data to in order to understand the specific content requirements each recipient is looking for on your products.
i. Understand what Top-off attributes are needed to ensure a complete item record is published to your recipients. These may or may not be part of a standard GDSN attribute set.
ii. Some of the Recipients have provided a portal for you to see their entire requirements. An example of this is Kroger’s VIP Portal access.
iii. Utilize tools like The Attribute Graph (TAG) to gain further insight into the requirements across multiple recipients at one time.
- Build up a process for information gathering and governance to ensure you product records meet the information needs of your recipients.
a. Gather the needed information or attributes of your product discovered during step 1. These attributes may be stored in several locations across your organization.
i. GDSN Core
ii. Recipient Core
iii. Recipient Extended information sets
iv. Digital Assets
b. Instituting a foundation of Data Governance at the start
i. Understanding who owns the information or attributes and values within your organization
ii. Is there a cleanup processed needed on your information to ensure it meets all requirements discovered in Step 1?
- Determine the right distribution method to get your content to your recipients through GDSN
a. Automated information uploads and publications utilizing XML
b. Manual Portal entry
c. Select a data loading service
- Maintain and Support your product information. Once you synchronize your information to the recipient, the process has not finished. There may be specific clarifications or inconsistencies that you need to address. Also recipients are continuing to expand their need for information on your products.
a. Review Data Accuracy Score Cards provided by recipients to highlight information challenges.
b. Stay up to date on the latest recipient requirements
i. Landing Pages
c. Utilize the business and governance processes put into place during step 2.
i. Information is constantly changing as marketing and brand owners continue to customize and position their products towards specific end consumers. These changes in information need to flow to your recipients to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction for your products.
ii. Digital Assets are the face of your product in a digital world. If there are changes to the package, a new image is needed.
Read more about how global industry leaders are leveraging 1WorldSync to enable their businesses for trusted product information exchange. Click here to learn more.
Blog originally featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive business magazine on July 20, 2015.
The effects of inaccurate product information across the supply chain are tremendous, particularly in the healthcare industry where its implications can mean the difference between wellness and illness, life and death. In recent years, the impact of flawed product information ricocheted through the healthcare supply chain, resulting in significant challenges to the industry, driving increases in operational costs and impacting the quality of patient care.
Healthcare reform, increased transparency and traceability requirements, and poor data quality are just a few of the elements that are contributing to greater costs of doing business for healthcare organizations. In the meantime, product recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts weakened government and consumer trust in the industry, resulting in greater scrutiny and heavier governmental regulation. In an industry that is global by nature, the necessity for a standardized approach to supply chain management is imperative to keep costs down, and ensure the safety and well-being of end recipients.
1WorldSync Major Release 3 subject matter experts have created Concept Videos to help explain some of the more impactful changes coming with Major Release 3. This allows you another option of learning about these topics. The current list of videos are specific to Item Management and include the following topics:
What did 1WorldSync accomplish? Successfully completed GDSN Major Release 3 Certification Testing. Achieving this milestone confirms that 1WorldSync meets the GDSN technical requirements for party and item synchronization.
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1WorldSync understands the implications of Major Release 3 for its diverse community of trading partners. The impact to each organization may be very different depending on what attributes they support and what interface they have into their data pool. 1WorldSync is helping its community Be MjR3 Ready by breaking it down into three steps and providing the support needed to successfully complete each step along the way. Continue reading
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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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
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