Oh what a time! Late June back in 2017…
Sounds a bit like a song, right? I was asked to write up a little something to recap our recent Annual User Group, and I have to say, there were some amazing times had in Las Vegas.
On Day 1
Ken Yontz from 1WorldSync, our MC for our two-day event, painted a picture for the audience around “why” were we here. That simple question has a host of different answers, regulations, mandates, efficiencies and last but not least, end consumer impact.
Vernetta McDowell from Reynolds then provided the attendees some amazing insights into their product content journey and transformation. I can’t tell you how many attendees came up to me after that sessions relating to Reynolds’ story and were ready to start moving forward on their own product content journey.
We then had some great breakout sessions with insights around visibility, content sourcing, as well as process & governance. Thought leaders from Dot Foods, Kellogg Company, the J.M. Smucker Company, Target Corporation, Tyson Foods, Walgreens and Walmart Stores Inc all provided insights into how they are addressing the need for more content. They engaged the audience in collaborative conversations to discuss what other challenges, and opportunities were in place.
We closed the day with two additional plenary sessions. The first was focused on the upcoming GDSN release presented by 1WorldSync’s own Cristina Macias. Cristina, our Director of Implementation, walked the audience through the changes coming, and provided guidance and insights into the newest feature functionality and capabilities of the latest release.
The second had Mark Hoyle of Teleflex provide insights on their product content journey through insights around UDI, and how they educated their organization on what effort would be needed to meet those needs. Mark then capped off his session with a riveting video that took us back to the news reels of the 1940’s.
Power of 1 Networking Reception
That evening, we had an amazing event in the Boombox Room of Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Living it up the only way Vegas can provide, the attendees enjoyed fabulous views of the strip while 1WorldSync recognized some amazing organizations for their efforts and achievements:
We also announced the recipients of the 1WorldSync 2017 Power of 1 Awards. These awards honor organizations that have displayed exceptional leadership and made a significant impact in transforming their product content practices.
On Day 2
Day 1 and the Power of 1 event did a great job highlighting what has been accomplished or is currently underway within our client community. Day 2 took a different angle and provided the audience direction on “what” is coming. It started with a few of our Industry & Share Group Customer Chairs providing insights around what has occurred, and direction towards where they see the groups going.
Greg Zwanziger, from SuperValu, provided some milestones that the Recipient Share group have accomplished, and pushed for a call to action from other recipients to join the group and help drive change within the community.
Mark Whitman, from Intalere, provided a brief history around how the Healthcare Industry group is re-introducing itself, and where we are looking to grow.
Lastly, Tim McDaniel from Constellation Brands, and Eric Ginsburg from Sazerac, introduced the Alcohol Beverage Industry Group to the audience and provided insights into the opportunity they see, and what this group is looking to achieve through their product content journey.
We then entered the hallmark session for the Annual User Group, the “Tonight Show Panel”. Our host, Harris Diamand from 1WorldSync, provided a bit of levity during his “when good signs go bad monologue”, and then welcomed up our first guest, Patricia Chavez, from Walmart Stores Inc. Patricia provided some great insights into where Walmart Stores Inc is going, and what changes we can expect to see during the rest of 2017.
Jean-Marc Klopfenstein, from Nestlé, was the next guest on stage, and provided a very thoughtful manufacturer’s perspective on how Nestle views and seeks to improve the world through their innovation, transparency and philanthropic efforts.
The final guest for the session was Nick Kaufman, from The Kroger Company. Nick shared the current state of Kroger’s content efforts, and a peek into where they are planning continue to disrupt the Grocery industry in the near future. Harris wrapped up the session with a couple of questions to all guests focused on industry direction.
Our closing session for the Annual User Group was led by Dan Wilkinson from 1WorldSync. He provided the vision of where 1WorldSync is continuing to grow within the Product Content Space and how the journey for all of us is just getting started with new innovations that are in need of massive amounts of content.
This all led into a great GS1 Connect networking event as well.
It’s a Wrap!
I want to thank all the speakers, who shared their insights and direction and all the audience participants who helped to make the collaboration sessions a success. We are grateful to our Customer Community for making the 2017 Annual User Group the best one to date!
Please visit our 2017 AUG website to reflect back on the content including speaker presentations and photos from the event.