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GDSN 101

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.

According to a survey of 4,000 US online adults by Forrester Research, “The No. 1 feature online shoppers want from a website is product information.”

As rich and robust product content is an integral part of the shopping experience, the availability of 1World Sync makes that far easier for customers to achieve and improve the shopping experience for consumers.

What is the GDSN?

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) enables trading
partners to globally share trusted product content. The 1WorldSync GS1 GDSN-certified data pool is the industry-leading solution for implementing data synchronization and supporting user needs over time. Companies can now get products on the shelf faster, reduce logistics costs and enhance customer relationships.

As early innovators within the GDSN, we have paved the way for the successful synchronization of standardized product content in markets all over the world. Now, consumers are empowered to make data-driven decisions on their path to purchase thanks to trusted, globally distributed product content.

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.

Moreover, 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.

Why Does GDSN Matter?

By enabling companies to distribute trusted product content to your customers via the GDSN and beyond, 1WorldSync empowers consumers to make data-driven decisions on their path to purchase.

Major retailers such as Kroger, Lowes, and Amazon – just to name a few. This adoption of GDSN allows companies, consumers, and retailers to benefit from automated content delivery and its rewards. It allows for efficient digital optimization, thereby lowering times for new experiences to get online and attract consumers.

Don’t waste countless hours uploading data to individual portals! Whether you are a content supplier or a recipient, read our brand new whitepaper! Learn how  GDSN can help you exchange trusted content anytime everywhere.

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

No St Patty’s Day Luck Needed: Improve Sales with Kroger in 5 Steps!

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend a record $5.9 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.  Did you know that this is the highest figure in the survey’s entire 14 year history and has risen from last year’s previous record of $5.3 billion? How much of that market share is your company capturing?

Kroger has implemented a series of initiatives, covered in our previous blog, that sets up suppliers to easily compete in this cut-throat market. This week, Kroger announced that it is expanding its partnership with Instacart to increase its customer delivery coverage area in 2018. Kroger customers can access this on the company’s website and app. Product content featured here offers customers a seamless shopping experience.

Enter 1WorldSync

So are your products listed? Is your product content up to par? All this can be overwhelming and it can also be difficult to know where to focus your resources and attention.

We are here to make it simple! All you have to do to be in line for Kroger’s initiatives, like the one above, is ensure your submissions are complete in the Kroger Item MDM before the end of March 2018 deadline.

Steps for Submitting to the Kroger Item MDM

  1. Complete the Kroger Trading Partner Form found at www.1worldsync.com/kroger
  2. Publish all your item hierarchies to the Kroger Co. GLN: 0011110000019 from the 1WorldSync Item Management (IM) solution if access is attainable.
  3. Log into VIP at https://productintro.1worldsync.com/ or via 1worldsync.com > Login > Product Introduction (Log into Prod)
  4. Complete and validate each of your items available in VIP and submit them to Kroger MDM
  5. Contact KrogerSupport@1worldsync.com or call 866.280.4013 Option 8 for any assistance needed or to request your list of missing items

Again, are you overwhelmed? Are you unsure or do you still have questions?

  • Are you confused about who your trading partner contact should be for the the trading partner form? Ask Kroger on March 22nd!
  • How do you know if you or if you should have access to 1WorldSync Item Management (IM)? And how do you get access to and use Kroger VIP? Let us show you!
  • Is there a faster way to fill out all the requested product content information? Hint: Yes, there is.

Kroger breaks down these steps and offers further insight in the Kroger Item MDM Supplier Webinars. If you have not yet submitted your product content to Kroger Item MDM and/or still have questions, we highly recommend you register today for the final webinar on Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:00 pm EST.

The same National Retail Federation survey found that over 149 million U.S. adults plan to celebrate the March 17 Irish holiday, up from last year’s approximate 139 million. That’s an additional 10 million U.S. adults who are looking to buy products from you or your competitor.

You don’t need the luck of the Irish, a four leaved clover, or a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end to measure up – just get in line with Kroger Initiatives!

What Did You Miss During Our Kroger Item MDM Supplier Webinar?

Are you a supplier who struggles with sales volume? Are you lost on how to get your product content on the new high tech digital shelving seen now at select grocery stores? Do you know what images are needed by retailers that sell your products via ecommerce or new initiatives like Clicklist?

Kroger, in conjunction with 1WorldSync, has held two Kroger Item MDM Supplier Webinars on February 8th and 13th, 2018 specifically designed to answer these questions.

Ultimately the Kroger Item MDM Supplier Webinars are centered on the product content submitted by Kroger suppliers. This product content provides information critical to consumers who are making purchase decisions. Meeting Kroger’s product content requirements allows suppliers and brands to participate in Kroger initiatives like Clicklist.

What Initiatives Are Kroger Piloting?

  • The Clicklist initiative allows consumers to buy online and pick up their items curbside at stores. Kroger has established over 1000 clicklist locations in select US markets this past December. Items that meet Kroger’s product content requirements then become available on Clicklist and generate +7% more sales volume.
  • Currently a Kroger pilot lets select customers to ship directly to their house.
  • A separate initiative, available in 400 stores this year, allows Kroger customers to scan items for product content information using a handheld device available through the store or their smartphone.
  • High tech digital shelf edges, already available at over 150 stores, will also alert consumers to products that factor into their purchase decisions. For example, if you are looking for products that are gluten free or high in protein, a green line will appear on the digital shelf to indicate products that meet this requirement.

So how can you increase your sales volume and participate in these Kroger initiatives?

The Kroger Item MDM Supplier Webinars cover the steps and best practices for validating and submitting items and attributes (information that describes the product – images, size, ingredients and nutrient info) to Kroger Item MDM.

This puts your products in queue to participate in the above mentioned Kroger initiatives. Suppliers who would like to participate should submit their items before end of March 2018.

What can we do if we missed the Webinar?

For those who were unable to attend our two prior webinars, the Kroger landing page offers resources and the information necessary to ensure compliance to the Kroger MDM Complete initiative by the March 2018 deadline.

If you still have questions or are seeking additional resources – not to worry! Kroger is offering two additional webinars on the below dates – Register Today!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 2:00 pm EST

Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:00 pm EST

Why Kroger Loves Trusted Product Content

Roses are red, violets are blue! With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Kroger will bring flowers, sweets, and cards to consumers.

Are you making sure your products bring convenience, and accurate product content to your consumers?  If product descriptions fall to the bottom of your content priority list, this could be the heart of your marketing and sales problems.

That is why Kroger vendors and brand owners have emphasized improving customer-facing product content will make or break you this Valentine’s day.

It may seem obvious, but some brand owners put themselves at a competitive disadvantage by not providing some rather essential product content to Kroger and thus their potential customers.

According to a recent Stanford University Study, the more strategic keywords a product description contained the better the product sold. This proves again that product content and descriptions are critical determinants of sales!

Obviously Kroger wants your product content– good product content. But what product content is important for Kroger?

  • High quality and visually stimulating product images in a variety of formats, resolutions, and angles so that customers know they will be satisfied with their Valentine’s day goodies.
  • Packaging and product attributes, including dimensions, weights, ingredients, and nutritional values, usually necessary for any purchase!
  • Product highlights and romance copy so that customers know who you are as a supplier and brand and if that meets their needs for Valentine’s day this year.

Satisfying this growing consumers’ need for timely and accurate information about the products they buy, as well as regulatory compliances, are significant challenges. Don’t miss out on understanding how Kroger is meeting current and future customer demands and visit http://www.1worldsync.com/customer-page/kroger/

Great News for Kroger VIP Suppliers! Go further with your product content and get your products to new shelves

Kroger continues to demand better and richer product content and has leveraged their partnered with 1WorldSync to obtain product specific content directly from the most trusted source — the brand owners.

As Chris Kirkland, Business Solutions architect at Kroger shared in an article “The Kroger Company Goes Beyond Brick and Mortar, “we wanted to help the retail ecosystem realize the benefits of better data. We believe that this will help our partners, Kroger and, of course, our customers.” (Consumer Goods Technology 2016)

Brand owners have done the hard work to meet Kroger’s demands and now it’s time go further and faster.

Rich, Robust Content In the Palms of Consumers Hands

Are you ready to go further and faster with your product content currently managed in Kroger’s Vendor Item Portal (VIP)?

You have the opportunity to repurpose that product data for GDSN and get your products onto new shelves! Get your products onto new shelves and enable the seamless product content sharing with new retailers such as Walmart, Safeway, Target, and beyond!

1WorldSync can do the heavy lifting for you, making your product content efforts more efficient and expediting your speed to market.

  • Save Time & Money: Save time and effort and allow your current partner to manage all of your brand and content data allowing you to keep running your business
  • Unlimited Number of Demand Side Partners: Get your product onto new shelves and grow your business! Enable seamless product content sharing with new & existing retailers such as Walmart, ​Target, Google, and beyond
  • Superior Service: 1WorldSync’s Professional Services Team can help create a complete end-to­-end global product content strategy tailored to each customer specific to their industry.
  • Enhanced Data Quality: Reduce time and money in your manual processes and involve fewer systems

Discover how you can start sharing your product content in GDSN with many new recipients today!

Top 5 Reasons to attend 1WorldSync 2016 Annual User Group, Americas

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At 1WorldSync, we are dedicated to providing our community with collaborative platforms for open engagement and industry alignment. Input from the 1WorldSync community drives our efforts to provide collaborative platforms that deliver information and interactions that benefit our customers. The WorldSync 2016 Annual User Group, Americas provides this platform for our customers to engage, interact and share best practices, community needs and encourage user-lead information sharing. Below are my personal Top 5 Reasons to attend this year’s Annual User Group, Americas.
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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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