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Say Hello To “PIM Lite” – A PIM System For Suppliers With A $100k Budget

“Data is King!”

Product data is one of the most valuable assets that a supplier owns.  Today we live in an e-Commerce world where suppliers must provide their product data to dozens, if not hundreds, of trading partners.  These trading partners take-in the product data, repurpose it, and display it on numerous channels for end-consumers to view, research, and purchase.  

Suppliers often have limited control of “how” trading partners display product data (beyond a supplier’s own website), but suppliers must have control of “what” gets displayed.  This is extremely important because the quality of product data, or often the lack thereof, directly impacts the brand image in the eyes of a buyer.  

Consumers today expect – not just appreciate – rich and trusted product content regardless of where they view it.  Suppliers that invest in providing rich and high-quality product data benefit by creating a “good” customer experience – leading to brand loyalty and more sales.  Remember that “Data is King” but also that “Data is Your Brand”!

Challenges of Providing Quality Product Data

Many suppliers understand the importance of product data, however, most struggle with managing it.  A Forrester study showed 86% of brands want to excel at customer experience, but only 27% of brands qualify as “good” in the eyes of their customers (Forrester – The US Customer Experience Index, Q1 2015).  A “poor” customer experience is usually the result of poor product data.  So why is product data so hard to manage?

Here are some common challenges that suppliers experience when managing product data:

  • Stored in an ERP system intended for transactional data, and not designed to manage and maintain product data
  • Stored in many disparate systems that aren’t integrated
  • Stored and maintained in Excel spreadsheets
  • Updated using manual processes that are susceptible to human errors
  • Manually validated or not validated at all
  • Department updates using manual internal workflow processes
  • Manually uploads for syndication to data pools (such as 1WorldSync Item Manager) and other trading partners
  • Not associated with rich assets like pictures, videos, brochures

What is a PIM?

To address these common issues, most large suppliers invest in a PIM (Product Information Management) system.  PIM systems are mission critical to create a single “source of truth” to aggregate, validate, maintain, and syndicate product data.  The result is high-quality data, efficient data governance processes, and automated data syndication.  These are huge benefits that ultimately help improve brand image and customer experience – things any supplier would be pleased by.  Unfortunately, PIM systems traditionally cost $400k to millions.  This has made it cost prohibitive for most suppliers to reap the benefits that come with a PIM system.  

Until now…

Introducing PIM Lite for Product Content Syndication

What is PIM Lite?

Long-time partners, 1WorldSync and Innovit, have joined forces to introduce PIM Lite.  PIM Lite is a pre-configured, entry-level PIM system for:

  • Small to medium suppliers (revenues under $1B) – Organizations that do not have the budget to afford a complex, highly-configured PIM system
  • Large suppliers where budget is gone – Organizations with limited funds left in the current budget cycle
  • Suppliers that prefer OpEx vs. CapEx – Organizations that desire a lower cost software subscription model with predictable cash flows

What are the benefits of PIM Lite?

PIM Lite brings immediate value by helping suppliers improve product data management processes. Benefits include: 

  • Eliminating spreadsheets, manual processes, and redundant data entry
  • Establishing a “source of truth” for product data and content relationships to manage and maintain product data in a single location.
  • Automating import of product data
  • Improving data quality with pre-configured validation rules.
  • Advancing data governance with basic PIM/MDM workflows and automating processes such as new products and product changes.
  • Syndicating validated product data thru an automated M2M XML connection to 1WorldSync Item Manager, and easily exporting product data to XML, Excel, PDF, CSV.

What is the cost of PIM Lite?

Fully installed, pre-configured PIM Lite system starts at $100k for Year 1 (includes implementation, software and “hybrid cloud” hosting), and $45k for subsequent years (includes software and “hybrid cloud” hosting).  

Implementation time is typically 8-12 weeks.  

Additional details available upon request.




  1. The US Customer Experience Index, Q1 2015 – Forrester.” 6 Oct, 2016 <https://www.forrester.com/report/The+US+Customer+Experience+Index+Q1+2015/-/E-RES117482>

Out of Sight, Out of Mind..Does Your Brand Leave A Lasting Impression?

The strategy of getting product content from one place to another is pretty easy. Executing against that strategy is where it gets tricky.

It seems simple enough. Take the information that is shown on TV, Digital ads, social media posts, on the package and pass it on. Everybody sees the content daily so it must be in a place that is easy to share, oh and while we are at it, let’s send all the good info that helps an item get from point A [the manufacturer’s end of the production line] to Point B [a warehouse] to point C [The store or digital shelf]. In today’s digital age, you would think that this would be easy as pie.

Product Content Is King

Turns out it is a bit trickier than that. First off, you need to make sure that all the information is in a format that the organization you are sending it to can process and display in their systems and online. Not so bad you say?  

What about a picture of the product? You want the best light, studio quality pictures to perfectly represent your product in advertising and on your website right? The picture should also be a exact representation of what someone could buy today. The question is why does that not apply when you setup a product for a retailer? I am guessing it is because the images are not available at the time of setup or it is assumed that the retailer/e-tailer/operator can get those images elsewhere. Feels like there is something missing right? Retailers think that too.

Can you imagine how drastically different our purchasing decisions would be if product content wasn’t as detailed as it is today?

How Reynolds New PIM Implementation Cultivated Trust in Data and Decisions

If we examine a use case, Reynolds Consumer Products Company was faced with the challenge of decommissioning an existing Product Information Management (PIM) solution that would no longer be supported.

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 solution consolidated product information from multiple, disparate sources, offering a “single source of truth” for all product attributes and allowed synchronization of product information to trading partners directly. Download our case study to learn more!

The Struggle to Overcome Cross-Channel Commerce Challenges is Real

1WorldSync Omni-Channel Data Study: Charting Course for Global Commerce

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.  The study surveyed 400 merchants and suppliers from Europe and the U.S. with more than $500 million in annual revenue, and uncovered key insights into the struggles that are faced in today’s omni-channel world.

As the global $1.9 trillion e-commerce landscape continues to expand, companies are facing difficulties successfully managing cross-channel commerce across continents, supply chains, and software systems, and are losing revenue as a result. Some even doubt the value of investing in these capabilities. In a key finding nearly half of global merchants and suppliers report having lost at least a million dollars in revenue to cross-channel commerce challenges.

The study sheds light on the apparent struggles both ends of the supply chain face in a fast paced market places where Artificial Intelligence, and online/mobile commerce emerge as top trends for consumers.

Merchants and Suppliers Face Significant Roadblocks in Navigating Cross-Channel Commerce

Key findings suggest that a majority of merchants and suppliers are not fully prepared to meet the varied demands of modern customers. Channel readiness is a significant struggle throughout the supply chain as e-commerce continues to evolve. Other data highlights include:

  • Future investment plans don’t address current e-commerce weakness: Forty-five percent of merchants and suppliers have lost more than $1 million in revenue due to cross-channel commerce challenges, and more than one in ten (13 percent) have lost more than $3 million.
  • Lack of content solutions hamper success: Half of merchants and suppliers do not use a third-party content provider, which hinders their ability to syndicate product content across channels and platforms.
  • Merchants lag when it comes to cross-channel commerce: Fifty-one percent of merchants cannot support mobile commerce, and 80 percent don’t integrate product information management across web, mobile, applications, and physical stores.

Market Leaders Show the Path Forward

While many merchants and suppliers surveyed struggle with different aspects of the retail experience, there are clear lessons to be learned from market leaders (defined as companies that complete 51 percent or more of sales online). For companies looking to learn from these market leaders and upgrade their e-commerce capabilities, top action items include:

  • Invest now in cross-channel capabilities: Sixty-five percent of market leaders have dedicated more than 30 percent of their commerce budget to digital and mobile commerce expansion in the last year. Today, 73 percent of merchant market leaders can fully execute mobile commerce, nearly 20 percent more than market laggards. Investments here help in the short and long term.
  • Engage with a third-party content provider: Eighty percent of market leaders use a third-party content provider, which is undoubtedly one reason this group reports greater visibility between trading partners.
  • Migrate to the cloud: Ninety-five percent of supplier market leaders use a cloud-based product information system, which simplifies the online sales process and enhances supply chain efficiency.

Blurred Lines & Blended Commerce – The Changing Face of Retail

“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).

Download a copy of our full data study here.

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.


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


The Dream of a Product Shelf. How to Get Your Products Online and Selling.

Every business person starts their journey with an idea.  An idea they hope will be life-changing.  For many, these entrepreneurial dreams hark back to summer lemonade stands, paper routes or garage made inventions.

Dessert queen, Debbie Fields[1] famously took to the streets, passing out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to any passerby.  (Her Mrs. Field’s Cookie products are now sold in her namesake retail stores, grocery chains and an online bakery.) ScrubDaddy[2] (an ergonomically designed kitchen sponge) plied its wares on TVs Sharked Tank.  (Since the pitch, they’ve moved 10 million units for total sales of more than $50 million.)  Let’s not forget Joy Mangano, the entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop.  Her first appearance on QVC helped the Miracle Mop sell out—more than 18,000 mops in less than a half an hour.

Of course, not every product has the benefit of a TV launch.  Far faster and far easier, it’s about selling your products online.  And yes, selling your product (s) on your own company online store is great and has its own benefits.  But far better is getting placement on one or more of the larger online retailers.  So how will you get your company ready for the selling with the big guys (think Amazon, Google, Walmart, etc.) so that you’re discoverable and comparable across all digital properties?

Correct Product Content

The first step is providing robust and accurate product data for your customers.  Every product online has a large amount of data associated with it, but it can be difficult for mobile applications or web pages to distinguish between two comparable products if the product data is inaccurate or incomplete.

Inaccurate or incomplete product data is extremely problematic for your customers.  Today’s consumers demand rich product information.

Is there enough detail?  Are there photos?  Is there enough detail for them to make a decision?  If not, the likely result is a lost customer and sale.

Consistent Product Content

Ensuring that the product displayed online is the exact same product sent from the fulfillment center can be a challenge.  It’s important to consider solutions that will ensure that product and package variations are managed properly in the fulfillment process so that consumer expectations are met.

Streamline Product Content Management

As consumers, we know the types of content we expect on retail websites and apps. But as a product supplier you know creating, compiling, managing, hosting, updating and publishing this content across all shopper touch points is complex and time-consuming.

For this reason, many retailers and manufacturers are working with 1WorldSync to streamline product information and content management. 1WorldSync’s Omni-channel solutions ensure product information is complete, accurate and consistent. Further, these solutions improve the consumer experience by delivering high-quality and complete data about the product in stores fortifying consumer loyalty and growing sales.

Learn how Dot Foods Increased Sales Using 1WorldSync: View the Case Study


[1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2012/11/20/how-to-build-a-multimillion-dollar-company-the-story-of-mrs-fields-cookies/2/#4df04bfc78d3

[2] http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/082415/10-most-successful-products-shark-tank.asp

How to make a ridiculous, drool-worthy and perfectly dangerous online shopping experience

“I shop all the time – on my commute, at work, at home, during the weekend…..The ability to find exactly what I want at the moment I’m thinking about it can be dangerous.” Lisa Green, head of fashion & luxury brands at Google, NYC[1]

Consumers today have more places and ways to shop….and have increasingly shorter attention spans. So if you have an ecommerce business, and you want online shoppers to click BUY NOW , then you need to be able to grab their attention, keep their attention and convert the sale. Yes, I’m sure you already know this…but how?

Product Content is King.

Don’t underestimate the power of high quality images – with the ability to zoom in and see multiple angles and views.  Shoppers find images incredibly reassuring and helpful in identifying that this is in fact the actual product they will purchase.  Don’t assume the more commonly recognized or generic products (batteries, diapers, etc.) might not need that level of visual appeal.   Countless studies and surveys have made it abundantly clear that visuals are the most influential factor affecting purchase decisions (*92.6% of shoppers say visuals seal the deal[2]).

“The most important piece of information a manufacturer can provide to help sell their products is an image. Most sales people tell us this significantly increases their odds of closing a sale. In fact, the trend seems to be that they won’t even suggest an item without one.”

Chief Commercial Officer, Major Food Distributor

What did other customers say?

90% of consumers read online reviews and 88% of them trust the online reviews as much as personal recommendations. In other words, more people read reviews as part of their pre-purchase research before purchasing a product or service.  In fact, customer reviews are trusted 12 times more than a marketing piece from an organization and will specifically seek out websites with reviews[3].  By making ratings and reviews easily accessible across every touchpoint, brands can ensure a positive customer experience.  And there’s more!  Enabling customer reviews on your ecommerce site can have a positive effect on your company’s organic results. Each product review increases the amount of authentic and robust content offered… “meaning you’ll be seen as having higher authority, more relevance, and, as such, a higher chance of getting those pages ranked.” Forbes.

Trusted Product Information

Your shopper wants to know what they’re buying:  How big? What color?  Place of origin? Technical requirements? Add-ons Plug-ins.  Images, video clips, specifications, customer reviews and more are all part of the giant need of trusted and accurate product information.  The quality and completeness of product presentation in online retail has a quantifiable and direct impact on product sales.   On-line retailers that offer compelling, engaging, and complete content to shoppers will be rewarded by repeat purchases, lower levels of returns and long-term loyalty.

What’s a Retailer to Do?

A successful omni-channel shopping experience is dependent upon the depth and accuracy of trusted product content.   Working with 1WorldSync, etailers and retailers alike help to provide better quality product images and information, while reducing the cost of data acquisition. Your users will experience fewer errors when searching for products and you will have more time to concentrate on growing your business.

[1] Vogue, March 2016

[2] Invodo Marketers Summary, 2015

[3] Econsultancy, 2015

Go beyond the label with the 1WorldSync SmartLabel solution

Transparency and trust are critical in today’s shifting marketing place.  Consumers are making smarter purchasing decisions on the spot by using their smartphones to access information about the products they buy. *  Connect consumers with your products and deliver an empowering consumer experience.

Adopting SmartLabel for your products is an easy and efficient way to demonstrate your commitment to your consumers and stand out from your competitors.

SmartLabel goes beyond the label, bringing extended attributes right into the palm of your consumer’s hands. As transparency becomes more critical to your consumers, your ability to provide trusted product information to your consumers is a strategic differentiator.

At 1WorldSync we understand how important this initiative is to brands, that’s why we made an easy and efficient way for you to add a SmartLabel solution to your existing subscription. Learn more about the 1WorldSync SmartLabel solution or contact your account manager to get started today!

*Source: http://fortune.com/2015/10/13/food-revolution-millennials/

Streamlining the Global Healthcare Data Supply Chain to Comply with Safety and Traceability Mandates

Article originally featured in Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor.

The demand for robust product information is pervasive. It touches every industry and comes from multiple facets – end consumers to global governments – and the healthcare industry is no exception. Patients are no longer simply recipients of care, but active participants requiring access to rich product information to make informed decisions about their health, care and wellness.

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Hardlines Unlimited – Prepared for Online Commerce

Online commerce is booming!  All this acceleration with online commerce presents a whole new IFH projection. According to calculations, the online trade in Germany, for example, will implement approximately 46 billion euros in 2015.

Furthermore, traders who use multiple sales channels (multi-channel), are perceived as more innovative, customer friendly and sympathetic as an authentic internet service provider. This demonstrates a cross channel study of Trading Consulting ECC Cologne and Hybris Software. Continue reading

Walmart.com is getting ready for Cyber Week…Are you?

Where did summer go? Fall decorations, Halloween costumes and cold weather gear surrounds us and yet summer still lingers. It’s crazy how retail brings the seasons to us before mother-nature does. I have now succumbed to pumpkin lattes, Oktoberfest beers and started to decorate in browns and gold.

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