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Sell Products Successfully On Amazon Today!

Did you know that 55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon (Recode 2016)? Amazon commands more than half of all product searches.

This stat is truly remarkable and a reason you must get your products onto the Amazon platform as they bring droves of traffic to your product listing. Even more important than traffic is a pool of buyers, ready to purchase!

Creating, managing, and syndicating product content that meet the needs of Amazon requires cross-functional collaboration and integration with key systems. 1WorldSync is the leader in product content management solutions and work with the leading retailers (including Amazon) to expediting brands ability to centralize and digitize product content.

Are you ready to get your products onto Amazon.com?

1WorldSync does the heavy lifting for you making your product content efforts more efficient expediting your speed to market on the Amazon marketplace.

The 1WorldSync Amazon App allows customers to set-up products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to Amazon Vendor Central. This accelerates sellers’ ability to standardize their GDSN data.

Do you sell to Amazon today?  Do you want to learn how to leverage your GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently? Click here to learn more on how to send data to Amazon electronically!

References

55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon https://www.recode.net/2016/9/27/13078526/amazon-online-shopping-product-search-engine

DCI AG Enters Extensive Partnership with 1WorldSync to Enhance Product Content for Brands and Retailers

DCI AG, a leading German provider of database services, has secured an extensive partnership agreement with 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions to supercharge product content for both brand and retailer customers.

DCI’s proprietary asset and document management tools will manage and enhance the product data manufacturers and suppliers distribute to trading partners through the 1WorldSync solution. DCI will optimize content through 1WorldSync’s entire range of available data services, including unique SEO texts, product pictures and relevant attributes to make data more versatile and easier to use. Together, their deep commerce, industry expertise and robust tools and databases will create a strong value proposition for all companies who need reliable and rich product data.

DCI’s content factory is a fast and cost-efficient system to provide extra value for all kinds of product and commerce data in a multitude of languages. Structured workflows enable DCI’s content factory to quickly react and scale based on the client or industry requirements. Supported by 1WorldSync’s market-leading aggregation and syndication platform and expert services, customers will gain access to the robust, authentic product content they need to drive revenue and consumer loyalty.

“We are honored to have been chosen to play an important role in enhancing the service landscape of 1WorldSync,” says Sascha Neubacher, Chief Sales Officer of DCI AG. “Omnichannel trade offers sellers the opportunity to increase sales as well as brand awareness and loyalty. The basis for this is complete digital product information as an essential touchpoint of the customer journey. Our partnership enhances our joint portfolio in key European and North American markets.”

“Complete, consistent product content is mission critical in today’s omnichannel world,” says Dan Wilkinson, CCO of 1WorldSync. “1WorldSync provides brands and retailers an end-to-end solution for consistent product content throughout the supply chain, ensuring data is accurate at every touchpoint, whether it’s online, in store or on a mobile device. We are excited to partner with DCI to enhance the abilities of brands and retailers to meet consumer needs for authentic product content.”

For more information about DCI’s content services, visit www.dci.de/services-and-products/content-services/. For more information about 1WorldSync’s supply chain enablement services, visit www.1worldsync.com/supply-chain/.

It’s Just Commerce!

Since I was a toddler, I have been exposed to multiple paradigm shifts within the marketplace that in one way or another are an attempt to reinvent how we as consumers buy things.

For me, it started with going to stores, or shopping in a catalog and then blossomed into the world of connected commerce today. Recently when I stepped back from the daily act of using my phone or computer to research and buy products I came to a realization, the revolutionary experience I have been leveraging was not all that different from when commerce started.

Commerce took a turn for increased accessibility to products and a centralized way to purchase multiple goods/services from one location. Trust, reviews, availability and price were still the cornerstones of commerce.

Customers trusted the store to offer friendly advice (owners & employees), have products on the shelves and if the prices weren’t right, the customer went to a different store. The main thing that changed was how the products were brought to the customer.

First Came The Big Box Retailers

You no longer needed to be concerned with selection, because the big box had “everything’ you could want. Stores got bigger allowing for greater availability, lower prices, and product insights from media outlets (newspapers, TV, Radio).

E-commerce has shaped our relationship with how we buy and sell products, but at it’s core e-commerce is just next evolution of catalog shopping The innovation is not the method or even commerce itself, but an expansion on the idea of getting any item even from the comfort of your couch.  

Bridging the gap between digital and physical does present a challenge for the retailers/e-tailers etc. as they are looking to make the trust, availability, price and review experience seamless across all avenues of purchase.

From Brick To Click

1WorldSync recently completed a data study that highlighted some of the key challenges suppliers and retailers face when trying to achieve true cross-commerce capabilities.  and uncovered key insights into the struggles that are faced in today’s omni-channel world.

Key findings suggest that a majority of merchants and suppliers are not fully prepared to meet the varied demands of modern customers. 45% of merchants and suppliers have lost more than $1 million in revenue due to challenges faced when integrating cross-channel capabilities into their commerce strategy (Source: 1WorldSync Data Study).

You can read more here about how 1WorldSync can you make your products stand out in a very crowded Omni-Channel world.

Karin Borchert Appointed CEO and Managing Director of 1WorldSync

1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions and a joint venture developed by GS1 US® and GS1 Germany, has appointed Karin Borchert Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Karin joined 1WorldSync on July 19th and will be responsible for driving the company’s operations and global strategy to deliver end-to-end product content aggregation and distribution for industry. She will be based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, while maintaining a strong presence in the company’s other offices in Cologne, Germany and Chicago, Illinois. Continue reading

How Reynolds New PIM Implementation Cultivated Trust in Data and Decisions

Reynolds Consumer Products Company was faced with the challenge of decommissioning an existing Product Information Management (PIM) solution that would no longer be supported.

At the same time, retailer demands for additional pieces of information about their products made it crucial to implement a solution that could easily handle the growing number of attributes required, allowing for both automated and manual data entry.

Reynolds PIM Rehaul

Their challenges were best summarized around:

People

  • Lack of Understanding
  • No engagement with GS1 and standards
  • Failure to leverage 1Worldsync

Processes

  • Informal Processes
  • Reliance on tribal knowledge
  • Lack of buy-in from leadership

Systems

  • Product Information Management (PIM) inadequate to meet growing needs
    • Data Accuracy
    • Efficiency
    • Attribute Expansions
    • Omni-channel
  • “All PIMs must be alike” mentality

Getting In-Sync with 1WorldSync & LANSA

To accomplish these objectives, Reynolds decided that they needed a new PIM that could:

  • replicate the functionality of their existing solution
  • provide more robust integration and workflows
  • offer improved validations and messaging to streamline troubleshooting
  • syndicate data across an increasingly vast omnichannel ecosystem

In order to fully realize the benefits of product content management, Reynolds turned to 1WorldSync and LANSA for a PIM technology solution and implementation expertise.

To implement the solution seamlessly, Reynolds enlisted the help of product content experts, the 1WorldSync Professional Services team, whose best-in-class product content management strategy and wealth of expertise would support their vision.  

Premium access to 1WorldSync’s world-class data pool solution certified for the GS1 Global Data Standardization Network™ (GDSN®) provided Reynolds with a full end-to-end global content aggregation and product distribution solution.

1WorldSync leveraged their long-standing partnership with LANSA, a leading GDSN Connector solution, providing supply-side connectivity. Both companies have a proven history of working together, since 2001, and have successfully completed many joint customer engagements by simplifying Item Management Processes through thought leadership and technology.

Reynolds – Enabling Trusted Content Everytime in Every Channel

The initial decision of choosing 1WorldSync to manage the engagement ensured Reynolds would benefit from 1WorldSync industry experience and provide a best practice approach to data quality and delivery. Selecting LANSA Data Sync Direct for aggregation, validation and syndication of item data, Reynolds has a solution to address today’s requirements and positions them for future change.

“Thanks to 1WorldSync and LANSA, there was a significant improvement to our current state, and the capability to distribute non-GDSN product information to the Kroger VIP.”

~Vernetta McDowell, Director of Sales and Operations Planning, Reynolds

To read more about how the 1WorldSync/LANSA Data Sync Direct Solution was instrumental in a highly configurable solution with trusted and accurate product information management at Reynolds, download our case study.

Amazon: Prime-Time For The Grocery Industry

The grocery industry is the most pedestrian of retail endeavors – customers drive to stores, pick and pack their shopping, pay and then drive home. Many have tried to e-commercialize the grocery industry, but the business model never really seemed to work. The consumers desire to touch and feel grocery products before purchasing has been a barrier to widespread adoption of online grocery.

The food industry has traditionally been based around trust and price, not technology – and Whole Foods is known for providing a high level of trust and product transparency to its consumers through detailed product information. After a short dip into e-commerce, Whole Foods has refocused on brick-and-mortar retail growing 35 fold over the last 15 years (Fortune 2017)

And now, with the acquisition of Whole Foods Amazon sends a clear message to grocers that it is ready to play and, at least partly e-commercialize the grocery game. They’ve already dipped their toes in food and grocery in the past through Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry, but this gives them more robust access to high-quality food and more power to delivery grocery products more immediately to customers. It is also a bold statement that Amazon is serious about brick-and-mortar and at the same time this step finally fully validates cross-channel commerce as the future of grocery.

As the lines between online and in store have blurred, Amazon has realized that location will be a key driver for commerce success. Having access to Whole Foods’ 431 existing stores, gives them valuable distribution centers to bring fresh, localized products directly to customers. Amazon was also likely motivated to reach Whole Foods’ millennial audience and develop loyalty with the younger, more quality-conscious consumer.

This generation is more particular about where they buy their food and the ingredients in it, so Amazon will be able to earn the trust of these buyers through Whole Foods’ reputation and its strong identity as a trustworthy source for organic, GMO-free, high-quality food – that consumer trust will now be transferred to Amazon.  

Consumers need to be met wherever they are, whether in store or on their smartphones, but the importance here is an integrated approach. No one channel is the clear answer, but companies that stay competitive will need to more tightly integrate all of their approaches, both physical and digital.

Consumers are the key winners here, as the bar for success in the grocery industry is going to be much higher in the future. Competitive pricing, upgraded digital experiences, and more innovation will directly benefit customers.

Companies that aren’t paying attention to larger trends will lose as consumers demand for more product content; the value of an omni-channel approach to grocery; and the importance of consistent experiences across every channel.

To summarize, consumers aren’t tolerant of brands that look different online than in-store, and this is more important in the grocery market, as missing or misleading product information has the potential for serious harm.

UDI for 2020: Why You Should Start Now!

September 24th, 2020 for Class I UDI compliance is just a heartbeat away, particularly when evaluating the scope of the UDI initiative and the breadth of products impacting your company.

Many suppliers that have previously submitted Class III and Class II product data have already begun gathering and sending Class I data.

Key Challenges for UDI Labelers:

  1. Understanding the complexities of the UDI legislation as it applies to your organization’s products.
  2. Finding the existing data, creating data that does not exist, and organizing the data into a single point of truth for submission to the FDA GUDID.
  3. Setting up the proper data governance to ensure that the information is correct to meet the deadline and continues to stay up-to-date and accurate in the future.

How 1WorldSync Can Help You

  1. Understanding Rules – Our experts are well versed in the UDI legislation, definitions, and terminology to be able to help your organization identify attributes relevant for UDI per the legislation. Watch our latest and greatest UDI Video to see how we can set you up for success!
  2. Data Collection – Our organization has vast experience with previous UDI customers and can provide education and guidance around attribution. In addition, we can also leverage previous knowledge to directionally aid in the sourcing of attribution. Read our new case study to learn how Teleflex partnered with us to implement a data management solution to comply with the upcoming UDI regulation.
  3. Data Governance – Our team can provide the structure necessary to ensure that information stays up-to-date and accurate, integrating the data collection into day-to-day processes and reducing effort in the future.

Getting To Good Data in the GUDID With 1WorldSync

The general structure of a UDI project is very similar to a typical supplier implementation, with some key exceptions. At the end of the day, data needs to be sent by the supplier to a recipient. 1WorldSync handles this use case on a daily basis and we can provide insight as to proven best practices and strategies.

There are key differences in a UDI project that our experts are trained to guide you through. These key differences include applying for a GUDID account, testing with the FDA, and understanding FDA specific attribution.

Whether your organization relies on a HIBC or a GTIN (or you’re looking for definitions on what those terms mean), 1WorldSync offers multiple solutions to send your data to the FDA. A primary benefit of submitting data through a 1WorldSync solution is that the data collected can be easily sent to other recipients, including GPOs, distributors, and other healthcare providers.

Generating Value Beyond Compliance with 1WorldSync

The amount of time and effort to prepare for compliance with the FDA UDI regulation is frequently underestimated. Your organization may need to start sooner than you think.

If you’re like us, you like to be ahead of the game. With the 1WorldSync UDI Solution, your business can prepare and validate medical device product information before the compliance deadline, giving you more time to focus on producing the quality products your customers and patients love.

Make plans to stop by 1WorldSync (Booth # 6) at the UDI Conference taking place June 7-8 in Baltimore. Learn UDI implementation strategies and identify a sustainable process to successfully publish product content to the GUDID from our experts first-hand!

For more information around our offerings and experience, please contact us at healthcare@1worldsync.com or visit http://solutions.1worldsync.com/-unique-device-identification.

Enabling Trusted Content Everytime in Every Channel

The majority of consumers (88%) say that detailed product content is extremely or very important to their purchasing decision (Google Shopping Guide, 2016).

Accurate and timely product content is critical in the path to purchase from discovery to delight. As digital pre-shopping, such as product research and comparative reviews, increasingly influence the shopping journey, so too increases consumer reliance on consumable content.

EnterWorks & 1WorldSync Q&A

This week, 1WorldSync’s Director of Professional Services, Data Source Solutions, Vanessa Lin, and EnterWorks CEO Rick Chavie joined for a Q&A. Together, they discussed the drivers of cross channel commerce and how EnterWorks and 1WorldSync are joining forces to pave the path for trusted content.

Vanessa Lin:

How is EnterWorks seeing new regulations and data requirements changing the way businesses must manage/distribute data?

Rick Chavie:

We have entered a new era of data standards. Whether it is the Google GTIN update last year which mandated that all brand-name products include the manufacturer-assigned GTIN number or the FDA regulations on nutritional content effective in May 2017, the growing insistence on data quality means online sellers including retailers, brands, and distributors must invest more in time, resources, and digital competencies to update product feeds continuously.

But the imposition of a single view of standard content across channels, while being pushed by the industry and government, pales in comparison to the role that the consumer is playing in driving the expectations for content to a new level.  Fickle or not, loyal or opportunistic, the consumer is now accustomed to having content that they need regarding their preferred products at their fingertips.  Correspondingly, the cost of poor and inconsistent content mounts as sellers increasingly realize that they now compete on content for share of mind and wallet.

Vanessa Lin:

Agreed! Competing with trusted product content consumers can rely on is critical. Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile. What areas has EnterWorks observed where consumers are driving change?

Rick Chavie:

This is the age of content enthusiasts. Forrester Analyst Carlton Doty recently described our post-digital world, saying “customers aren’t just empowered by digital technology – they’re actually entitled. They think they deserve something, they want it now, and if you can’t provide it, they will quickly find it somewhere else.”  

Retailers, manufacturers and distributors must consider not only the effectiveness of product data, but how their content tells a story and creates differentiated experiences. Compelling, trusted product information that is consistent across channels is key. That’s where Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions can help, by enabling companies to acquire, manage and transform product information into persuasive content. This content then drives higher sales and new competitive strengths through e-commerce Web, mobile, print and in-store digital channels.

Vanessa Lin:

Indeed, today’s shopping experience is driven by ‘I need to know’ moments for consumers. Given the consumer’s lofty expectations for an integrated cross-channel shopping experience, there is a steady race to remain relevant in a hyper-competitive retail environment.

A new data study commissioned by 1WorldSync highlighted some of the key challenges suppliers and retailers face when trying to achieve true cross-commerce capabilities.  For example, over half (53 percent) of merchants and suppliers experience a knowledge gap internally when it comes to understanding the value of cross-channel capabilities.

Let’s talk about how 1WorldSync and EnterWorks are working together to provide an end-to-end solution.

Rick Chavie:

The successful partnership between EnterWorks and 1WorldSync continues to hit exciting milestones, ushering in new clients, opportunities, and a powerful go-to-market strategy.

This builds on our news last year that EnterWorks received certification on Major Release 3 from 1WorldSync. The MjR3 certification expands the functionality for EnterWorks customers already connected to GDSN, and offers new users of EnterWorks’ PIM and MDM solutions the most advanced bi-directional data publishing and synchronization tools available.

Vanessa Lin:

Thanks, Rick! Overall, the EnterWorks/1WorldSync partnership brings enhanced access to richer, trusted product content to clients around the globe. We invite readers to learn more about the benefits of our partnership here.

1WorldSync and EnterWorks will both be exhibiting at GS1Connect on June 20-22 in Las Vegas. Visit EnterWorks booth #5 or 1WorldSync booth #17 to learn how the joint PIM solution can help your business.

Learn more about EnterWorks Enable GDSN Solution utilizing the 1WorldSync connector.

References

Have What It Takes To Win In A Post-Digital World? Forrester 2016 http://blogs.forrester.com/carlton_doty/16-05-04-have_what_it_takes_to_win_in_a_post_digital_world

 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group, Americas!

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. 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group (AUG), Americas is a collaborative event that provides this platform for our customers to engage, interact and share best practices, community needs, and encourage user-lead information sharing. In preparation for this worthy event, below are my personal Top 5 Reasons to attend this year’s 1WorldSync 2017 Annual User Group, Americas held in Las Vegas, NV on June 19-20, 2017.

  1. Vegas here we come! Site of the Elvis comeback, the Bellagio fountains, amazing food, and even the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower!  Okay to be fair the last 2 aren’t the “real” ones, but you get the gist.  It is an amazing event hosted in an amazing city.
  2. How you network in Vegas, doesn’t have to stay in Vegas….  In the past, I connected with peers I knew, created new ones and formed relationships that helped us learn from one another.  AUG allows us as a community to explore opportunities and discover solutions that impact industries while allowing organizations across multiple industries the opportunity to network.
  3. Not married? You will be married…to Product Content.  In regards to product content, 1WorldSync strives to achieve excellence in providing accurate and trustworthy product content to our customers, and understanding where the industries as a whole are moving and our customer’s needs has helped to refine our company’s path. As we share authentic, trusted content with customers and consumers, we empower them to make the right choices, purchases, health and lifestyle decisions.
  4. Where the Sky’s the Limit.  After participating in multiple Annual User Group events, I am continuously surprised to learn something new from our attendees and their presentations.  It amazes me still that having been a part of this event  for 10+ years, each year generates more innovation and new perspectives.  Becoming educated on standard changes, innovations within the marketplace and how this impacts our organization always provided value and insight.
  5. The city of Bright Lights and a Bright Future for the 1WorldSync Community.  One of the things you can depend on being discussed during our Annual User Groups are seeing what innovations & solutions 1WorldSync is developing in order to continue to improve capabilities for our community members. Our plans demonstrate our commitment to our customers and the path we are working towards to continuously add value to the 1WorldSync Community.  

With the leadership and guidance of our customers, I promise that this year’s Annual User Group, Americas will be a power packed two-day event filled with collaboration, engagement and best practice learning.

Be sure to follow us @1WorldSync on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to hear more from us through our exclusive #RoadtoAUG17. We hope to see you in Vegas!

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Essential 2017 Omni-Channel Tips: How to Beat The Competition In The Digital Era

There is no denying it…2016 was a rough year for various brick and mortar retailers. The 2016 holiday season  wasn’t as merry as industry pundits anticipated, resulting in the following store closures:

  • Hancock Fabrics:  Filed chapter 11; all 255 stores    
  • The Limited: Filed chapter 11; all 250 stores
  • Office Depot/Office Max – Merged; closed 400 stores
  • Sears / Kmart:  Closed 142 stores (10% of its store base)
  • Sports Authority: Filed chapter 11; all 140 stores
  • Macys: Closed 100 stores
  • American Eagle: Closed 150 stores   

The ‘Amazon’ Effect Takes a Bite Out of Brick & Mortar

The root of their problems may lie with a company that isn’t even competing with them for customers at the mall: Amazon.com. Amazon has been poised for success in its pursuit of relentless innovation and a seamless blend of the warehouse processing efficiencies with the e-commerce shopping experience.  

It is estimated that Amazon makes up about 7% of the U.S. apparel market, and that figure is predicted to increase to 19% by 2020 (Barrons 2016). Moreover, the 2016 “State of Amazon” study revealed that Amazon is often involved in almost all online shopping activities (Consumer Goods Technology 2016). Approximately 9 in 10 consumers will check Amazon even if they find a product they want on another retailer’s website.

Blurred Lines & Blended Commerce – The Changing Face of Retail

Today’s consumers float freely from physical shopping to virtual experiences as traditional and modern shopping models unify  into blended commerce. Pure e-commerce retailers are evaluating retail store fronts, while traditional brick and mortar retailers are rapidly pursuing online and mobile commerce channels.

“The shift in retail to the Internet is a huge change… every retail company is trying to manage the transition. It’s not well defined or understood and there’s no road map” said Simeon Gutman, a retailing analyst for Morgan Stanley (New York Times 2015).

Given the consumer’s lofty expectations for an integrated cross-channel shopping experience, there is a steady race to remain relevant in a hyper-competitive retail environment.

While Amazon is expanding its physical presence, Walmart is strengthening its ecommerce strides (eMarketer 2017).

At the beginning of 2017, Amazon announced that it will open its newest brick-and-mortar bookstore in New York City. At the same time, Jet.com – a Walmart subsidiary – announced that they purchased online footwear retailer ShoeBuy.

Achieving Operational Excellence Between Brick And Click

Clearly, today’s world of commerce requires a multi-pronged approach. Trying to match the convenience of Amazon with an integrated supply chain with personalized and trusted product content is no easy feat.

A connected commerce approach supports a harmonious model in which transactional and product data work together to optimize the supply chain process.

1WorldSync and DiCentral have set out to explore how brick & mortar retailers can develop the operational backbone that supports e-commerce investments.

Download their joint whitepaper now  and discover how to:

  • Equip your organizations with strategies that set leading digital commerce business apart
  • Connect cloud-based B2B integration with product content aggregation and syndication;
  • Achieve streamlined end-to-end digital commerce in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

References

  1. “Amazon Could Be Largest U.S. Company by 2020.” Barrons. 2 June 2016, http://www.barrons.com/articles/amazon-could-be-largest-u-s-company-by-2020-1464866783
  2. “Amazon Set to Dominate 2016 Holiday Shopping”. Consumer Goods Technology. 27 September 2016. https://consumergoods.com/amazon-set-dominate-2016-holiday-shopping
  3. “Walmart Plays Catch-Up with Amazon.” New York Times, October 22, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/business/walmart-plays-catch-up-with-amazon.html?_r=0
  4. “Omnichannel 2017: Amazon and Walmart Make Moves”. EMarketer. 9 Jan 2017. https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Omnichannel-2017-Amazon-Walmart-Make-Moves/1015000