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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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Product transparency for building consumer trust!

We have come a pretty long way since we’ve hunted our dinner with crossbows and scavenged leaves and berries from the forests. In the 21st century, modern civilization is running global food and product supply chains that make markets independent from seasonal and regional restraints.

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