Tag Archives: GDSN

Attribute Explosion and Data Quality in an Omni-Channel Global Economy

Cologne (Germany), Oct. 02, 2014 – 1WorldSync held their 5th Annual Congress at Cologne’s World Cup Soccer Stadium with 130 representatives from over 20 countries.  Industry experts drove discussions on consequences for increasing regulations, modified consumer expectations and new omni-channel strategies for multi-enterprise product information exchange. The annual congress brought together industry leaders from around the world who shared best practices of how enterprises can effeciently meet the deadline to comply with new regulations and support increasing consumer demands by working with 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product information networks and data pool solutions certified for the Global Data Synchronization Network ™ (GDSN®). Continue reading

GDSN Attributes 101: A Quick Count

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.

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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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Shifting paradigm in healthcare

1WorldSync had the great pleasure of attending the Annual AHRMM Conference August 3-6, 2014. There was a lot of valuable information shared, but above all, it was clear that the Healthcare Industry is well on its way to realizing the benefits of GS1 Standards and eventually, the GDSN.

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Global Reach, Local Connection- How 1WorldSync is bridging the Gap

International trading has always played an important role in Asian countries. In a practical business, it takes a lot of effort to get customers’ orders shipped out; however, it is even more challenging on the back-end of production. There’s potential risk which can cause continuous logistical errors. Product information errors cause a domino effect of errors resulting in invoicing and sizing errors…just to name a few. All of which result in a decrease of profits.

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The Digital Footprint

As a PIM Practice Lead in 1WorldSync’s Professional Services organization, I have over a decade of experience in supply chain technology. I’m a seasoned expert in data synchronization and advise clients regularly on GS1 Standards and GDSN, while leveraging 1WorldSync’s solutions and partners to meet the ever-growing product information demands of businesses.  Continue reading

GDSN® Major Release 3

1WorldSync remains committed to the GDSN standards and will support the upcoming GDSN release, Major Release 3.  With this release, GDSN will be better enabled to more quickly implement new requests into the standard.  There are also many enhancements to existing attribute sets, including nutrients, ingredients, allergens, tax, hazardous materials, promotional, packaging and many others.

This release is considered a non-backwards compatible release, and while the level of impact varies based on the level of your implementation, we strongly encourage you to begin your planning and budgeting for the upcoming changes based on the below timeline:
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The 1WorldSync Impact Analysis Document, which contains a summary of scope, the high level impact, and timelines, is available for all 1WorldSync customers and can be found here.   We will work in the coming months to provide the full details on the scope and the technical specifications for this release.

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Mergers & Acquisitions in Foodservice and the impact to GDSN®

In just the past few years, the foodservice industry has experienced many acquisitions within industry leading companies and major drivers in the use of GDSN. To name a few, Gordon Food Service (GFS) has recently acquired Glazier Foods,  one of the largest southern mid-west distributors just following an acquisition from last year; when GFS purchased Perkins, a large northeast distributor.

The trend continues the latest news in the foodservice industry with the current discussions around the merger of the largest foodservice distributor in the U.S., Sysco purchasing the second largest foodservice distributor, U.S. Foods.  The Merger & Aquisition (M&A) activity in the foodservice industry creates challenges with the adoption of GDSN having industry leaders such as Glazier, who just in 2012, won the 1WorldSync PaceSetter award for GDSN adoption in the foodservice channel now acquired by GFS.

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GDSN® all grown up…

It’s been over 10 years since the first data was exchanged via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and much has changed.  In my 10 years of involvement in product data exchange through the GDSN, data synchronization and information exchange has never been more exciting than it is now.  The ability to talk first-hand about “Big Data” at a cocktail party has never gotten so much attention.

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