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Retail + Boxing: When Worlds Collide (Part 2)

The build up and preparation to a fight, for a fighter is the hardest, the fight being the fun part. Not sure if a retailer would agree, their fight can go much longer that 12 rounds.

In part 1, we discussed the link between boxing and retail. Let’s get back on track!

The preparation for stores to hook a customer is preparing a consumer’s mind to think of their service first, no matter online or at a store. These stats speak for themselves (IC Real Estate 2017).

  • The probability of selling to a new customer is between 5 and 20%.
  • The probability of selling to an existing customer is between 60 and 70%.
  • 96% US adults shop online yet…
  • 94% of total retail sales are still generated in brick & mortar stores.

Those numbers calculated with the speculated number of eyes for this PPV, early estimates speculate the fight almost double what Mayweather vs Pacquiao did. With fans from both sides tuning in, the probability of getting new customers and keeping existing fans hooked, the potential revenue will be well worth it. Customers from every end of the spectrum will tune in to not just cheer on one side, but continue the view of their own path to purchase.

Tale of the Tape

Everyone digests the newest technology to make their personal shopping experience more convenient. Technology has started blurring the lines of every industry from retail, healthcare and food service and forever changed the path a consumer takes on their path to purchase.

The bout will be UFC star McGregor’s first boxing match – and against a legend who retired with a 49-0 record.

Technology takes the ease of online pay to stores with simpler ways to pay.  71% of shoppers believe they will get a better deal online than in stores (Digiday 2013). This leads everyone from restaurants to retail stores to rely on new tech trends to entice consumers from their phone and tablets using things like Groupon to bring consumers in by capturing them online. Instead of going and waiting at a doctor’s office, you can now facetime a doctor from your phone. Thus making it easier for a busy mom with a sick kid, to taking pressure off of doctors offices in need of dealing with more extreme situations. Food service now makes delivery easier, Uber first transformed the way we moved, now they are transforming the way we order food with Uber Eats. Amazon is continuing to tease their new technology that will bring grocery shopping to once that of as “something from the future”.  

In response, many brick-and-mortar retailers have started to use omni-channel fulfillment methods that leverage their store locations and in-store inventory in order to better compete in e-commerce. These omnichannel services, including ship-from-store and click-and-collect, can help retailers manage the transition to digital by: Increasing online sales by offering cheaper, more convenient delivery options for online shoppers.

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. Embracing the meeting of the two worlds seems like a much easier decision that the head to head collision, but come Aug. 26 everyone will be watching the two worlds collide. No matter your side, your interest level, sit back and watch history unfold before your eyes, because this truly is history in the making!

References

“13 Alarming Stats About Retail In Digital – DigiDay” 19 May, 2013.  https://digiday.com/marketing/13-alarming-stats-about-retail-in-digital/

“Online -vs- Brick and Mortar Retail Shopping: The Statistics – IC Real Estate” 15 March, 2017. https://icrealestate.com/2017/03/online-vs-brick-mortar-retail-shopping-statistics/ 

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Conor McGregor Total Revenue Should Surpass Pacquiao Fight – Forbes” 28 June, 2017.https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianmazique/2017/06/28/floyd-mayweather-jr-vs-conor-mcgregor-total-revenue-should-surpass-mayweather-vs-manny-pacquiao/#42cb85615c21

Retail + Boxing: When Worlds Collide (Part 1)

When Floyd Mayweather welcomes UFC Champion Conor McGregor inside the boxing ring, it is expected to be the biggest fighting spectacle of this generation, if not ever. On August 26, 2017 viewers will witness, for the first time, the sports version of when two worlds collide.

Boxing has long been the staple in the combat sports world, until Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) became the fastest growing sport in the world and captured newer audiences. Today many view it as the old vs. new age, one seems to be on a meteoric rise and the other struggling to stay relevant.

Brick and mortar retail stores are following the same traditional format that we all grew up with. Mayweather, while flashy and controversial, represents a sport that gets the same headlines as brick and mortar stores; “Boxing is dead” or “Boxing is a dying sport”. You can replace brick and mortar in any of those headlines and find thousands of results on Google. This superfight, not only brings both sports to a height neither has seen in some time, but will create a new blended party for audiences.

Lines continue to blur between traditional brick and mortar shopping and e-commerce. Shoppers care more about bottom lines price and will go wherever that leads them, online or in store. These two worlds collide and coexist to consumers everyday while brands continue to struggle.

The $1.9 trillion e-commerce world shows no signs of slowing down, companies are facing more challenges managing product content across channels, and are losing revenue as a result.

A New Hybrid  

Thanks to e-commerce, online sales have scaled new heights, winning a growing percentage of the market every year. The Irishman, McGregor has made his own emergence from obscurity, much like MMA and e-commerce. The UFC Champion was said to be living out of his car just a few years ago. Now he is on the verge of a multi-million dollar pay day, bringing MMA into its largest spotlight to date. Regardless of who wins, audiences will fill the arena and create a new hybrid of both sports, leaving room for only growth.

An estimated  8,640 brick-and-mortar stores will close their doors in 2017, more than 2008 in the great recession (Zero Hedge 2017). Each retailer must look to online sales to keep consumers and both sides must concentrate on what the consumer wants/needs more than thinking of winning them for their side. This will not be a Blockbuster vs Netflix, we all know how that turned out, this battle is all about placement and willingness to adapt.

We have seen past dual sport athletes, Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders did it first by showing the cross over appeal. Now athletes like Tim Tebow and Brock Lesnar bring a different appeal to dual sports by sole mass appeal to the media. But this is not playing two sports separately, this is a head-to-head battle of two becoming one.

Weighing In

The weigh ins for a fighter are as mentally tough as they are physical. Today with regulations becoming stricter and heavier regulated in order to keep transparency and safety for fighters health, there is very little room for error.

Missing weight by 1 pound can result in losing millions of dollars from their fight purse, sponsors and overall brand loyalty. New industry regulations like UDI and SmartLabel have put pressure on companies to be more transparent in order to help consumers be more aware of the ingredients and processes used everyday. Bad data or ignoring consumer and federal guidelines can result in heavy profit loss, it would be as bad as not paying taxes ;)

Product information is becoming rich, robust, accurate and readily available to customers and consumers alike, and businesses are becoming more efficient, compliant, and transparent. Consumers want to know more about the products they buy and are basing purchasing decisions on the information available to them.

Companies that aren’t paying attention to larger trends will lose customers trust; the value of a cross channel approach is becoming a must in order to maintain trust loyalty and consistent experiences across every channel.

Follow us to know when part 2 drops next week…

References

“The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017 – ZeroHedge” 22 April, 2017.  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-22/retail-bubble-has-now-burst-record-8640-stores-are-closing-2017

“Worldwide Retail Ecommerce Sales Will Reach $1.915 Trillion This Year – E-Marketer” 22 August, 2016.  https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Worldwide-Retail-Ecommerce-Sales-Will-Reach-1915-Trillion-This-Year/1014369

Sourcing A Single Source Of Truth For Lowe’s And Beyond

In Charting Course for Global Commerce, a recent study by 1WorldSync, 78 percent of merchants report their product content exchange system cannot keep up with enhanced consumer demands for transparency.

Did you know that you only need one solution to get your product content to Lowe’s and beyond?

Further, did you know that 1WorldSync is certified with the largest number of items in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)?  Changing data pool partners causes multiple work streams, and is time consuming and costly.

Win Consumers On Their Path To Purchase With 1WorldSync

At 1WorldSync, we’ve been reliably helping 25,000+ suppliers and brands to build product information strategies to sell products to Lowes, Amazon, Walmart and beyond!

By leveraging 1WorldSync’s technology and relationships with thousands of suppliers and brands in its network, content service platforms will always have a scalable service provider to help exchange trusted product content anytime, everywhere.

We are a dedicated partner to our customers delivering unprecedented expertise and thought leadership throughout their entire product content journey.

Exceeding Expectations and Creating Stellar Experiences

  • No Hidden Fees: Gain unlimited users and unlimited access to new recipients.
  • Save Time & Money: Save time and effort and allow your current partner to manage all of your brand and content data in the manner that Lowes would like, allowing you to keep running your business
  • Unlimited Number of Demand Side Partners: Publish product and company information to as many recipients as desired (Get your products to Lowes, Amazon, Walmart and beyond)!
  • Enhanced Data Quality: Reduce time and money in your manual processes and involve fewer systems
  • 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.

Undoubtedly accurate and timely product content helps instill trust and customer loyalty in the interchangeable and complex world of retail.

1WorldSync continues to offers a one-stop location for publishing GDSN and non-GDSN data to Lowe’s.  Learn more here!

Getting Smart About Sustainability and the SmartLabel™ Initiative

Last week, I attended the Global Sustainability Summit and listened to a panel where Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President of GMA and a panel of experts, including our very own Chris Lemmond, discussed SmartLabel™ & Sustainability.

The panelists discussed how consumers think about things like a brand’s sustainability contribution, how ingredients are sourced and how brands can leverage SmartLabel™ pages to tell their story around sustainability delivering trust and transparency to the end consumer.  

We all know that consumers have become more conscientious about what they buy and want to be informed about what is inside the products they purchase. The SmartLabel™ initiative, a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), allows brands to communicate fact-based information about their products to consumers meeting shoppers expectations for accessing all types of information in new and practical ways.

While a nutrition facts label provides insight into what ingredients are in an item, it only scratches the surface as these labels have limited real estate on the package. SmartLabel™ pages allows brands to share in-depth product information empowering consumers to make better, more informed choices.

Are your ready to differentiate your brand?

The SmartLabel™ initiative offers brands the opportunity to own their product content online and share out fact-based product data via SmartLabel™ pages. Companies investing in sustainability best-practices have the opportunity to tell their story to the end consumer and present it via SmartLabel™ pages diversifying their product. Each product participating in SmartLabel has a specifically formatted landing page, which can be accessed through a web search, and QR code on their smart phones.

Transparency isn’t just about disclosure…It can be about a more complete picture of the details of how the product is created and what sustainable best-practices the brand is putting in place to manufacture the product. These details can support a brand’s promise and give consumer more reason to love this brand.

Are you ready to take control of your product content and meet transparency demands?

1WorldSync has a longstanding partnership with brand manufacturers and retailers to manage product content and distribute it to consumers. Our customers can now leverage their investment in GDSN to go further and push their product content onto SmartLabel™ pages giving customers clear access to information about the product.

Learn more today!

Don’t Miss the 1WorldSync 2017 Working Group Day: “Digital Commerce, Now!”

We’re happy to host our all new 1WorldSync Working Group Day, September 14, 2017, at the GS1 Germany Knowledge Center in Cologne, Germany. This one day event, with the theme Digital Commerce, Now!,  is an unique platform for attendees to network, discuss industry trends, best practices and strategies on Data Quality, Supply Chain Enablement, Transparency, Compliance, and Omni-Channel Commerce. It’s a fresh new format with the focus on industry specific workshops for the DIY, Healthcare, FMCG / Grocery/ Retail and Foodservice / Food sectors.

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Let’s Get Real! Transparency Totally Transforms Product Content

Food contamination costs the food industry $55.5 billion (Fortune 2016).

Historically, the foodservice industry has focused on how to manufacture, distribute and sell items. However, in recent years, there has been a shift and product content transparency is a key component driving buyer behavior.

Consumers are increasingly active participants in product attribution, basing their purchasing decisions on information beyond the standard product label to attributes like ingredient origins and composition. There are also more government regulations around menu labeling and nutritional standards that foodservice manufacturers, brokers and distributors must address.

FoodLogiq & 1WorldSync: Powerful Alone, Better Together

1WorldSync, the leading multi-enterprise product information network, and FoodLogiQ, are in a close partnership to provide the entire spectrum of the food supply industry with a supply chain traceability solution that delivers transparency while tackling food safety and compliance issues.

“Food industry trends are changing fast—sometimes faster than what you and your supply chain can keep up with. From the customer demand for transparency to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandate for better processes, traceability is no longer just a nice-to-have asset. Without this sort of insight, keeping up with the evolving industry will be highly problematic, if not impossible,” says Dean Wiltse, CEO of FoodLogiQ.

“The fresh food industry has struggled in the past in figuring out a way to engage in true data synchronization with their retail and foodservice partners,” explains Nick Manzo, Global Omni-Channel Lead at 1WorldSync. “1WorldSync’s product information and fresh industry solutions coupled with FoodLogiQ’s enhanced traceability and supply chain management capabilities allows the fresh industry an opportunity to be fully engaged in global product information sharing.”

Turning Global Food Supply Chain Transparency Into Shopper Insights

As supply chains expand,transparency and traceability are strategic initiatives for businesses within the food industry. Ingredients and labeling is increasingly mandatory, not just because of FSMA and regulations but because customers are demanding it.

On September 21st, join industry leaders from FoodLogiQ and 1WorldSync for a compelling webinar on:

  • The challenges and market forces in delivering safe and quality food products to the consumer and driving supply chain transparency
  • How companies are adopting transparency and traceability to drive business goals
  • The technology and skills needed to ensure customer loyalty while protecting your brand

 

 

References

“Why Our Food Keeps Making Us Sick” – Fortune.  6 May 2016. http://fortune.com/food-contamination/

Getting Started with SmartLabel

Take a Cue from Coke

Are you thinking about getting started with the GMA SmartLabel™ initiative? Take a cue from Coke. The world’s largest beverage company has long encouraged consumers to “share a Coke.” Now, it’s gearing up to share a whole lot more when it comes to product information and transparency.

The company said last month that its SmartLabel Coca-Cola program is quickly ramping up. In fact, Coke has already applied Smart Label QR codes to half of its volume. And, it plans to have all of its beverage packaging SmartLabel ready by early 2018!

That’s a pretty strong message from a trend-setting, consumer-obsessed company like Coca-Cola. For manufacturers of food, beverages and consumer packaged goods (CPG), it’s time to pay very close attention to the story your product content is telling. You must be prepared to communicate product transparency, reaching the consumer in their channel of choice. SmartLabel helps you do that.

Here’s the challenge. For many companies, SmartLabel can be a significant undertaking considering the number of products they manufacture. After all, each unique item (including flavor, size, etc.) requires three components:

  • a unique Smart Label QR code
  • consumer-ready product content,
  • and a SmartLabel webpage.

The point is, getting all of your product information onto SmartLabel can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance it doesn’t have to be.

E-Book: Your SmartLabel Questions Answered by the Experts

Your product content experts EnterWorks and 1WorldSync have teamed up to produce an e-book on how you can go beyond the label with SmartLabel. Let us help you get started!

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Take Advantage of the 1WorldSync Expanded Offerings to Improve Global Cross-Channel Commerce Capabilities this Summer!

Success in the retail space is challenging. Grabbing a competitive edge is a must. The best suppliers move quickly to get their products onto new shelves and improve product transparency…which in turn drives sales!

Are You Ready to Sizzle This Summer?

1WorldSync is excited to announce that we’ve enhanced our Product Information Cloud® Platform to help our customers syndicate content more efficiently and improve global compliance and product transparency to drive sales.

This summer, we have launched five new apps and features to enhance customers’ ability to grow global cross-channel sales.

The new capabilities enable more efficient content syndication and improved compliance and product transparency offerings to simplify content aggregation and exchange between trading partners.

Suppliers can now take advantage of the 1WorldSync expanded product suite:

  • The 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? Learn more on how you can connect to Amazon today.
  • The Walmart App provides users a ‘Content Service Provider (CSP)’ API connection to Walmart Store Assortment Online (SAO), simplifying and accelerating product sellers’ ability to list products on Walmart.com. The app eliminates the extra step of having to top off data in the Walmart vendor portal.
  • The Lidl App enables suppliers to publish product data in the format consistent with category-specific playlists that adhere to Lidl product information requirements.
  • SmartLabel enhancements meet the updated requirements by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). 1WorldSync customers will benefit from a new layout of the Nutrition Fact Panel, upgraded design and improved format for a more consumer-friendly experience.
  • The Recipient Catalog enables buyers to accept items from manufacturers and publish to their own digital storefronts, including products from many brands or suppliers organizing products by category or type as desired.

As the demands of global commerce and consumers have evolved, so have the 1WorldSync product solutions. It’s time to sizzle this Summer! Take action and request a strategy to learn more about our expanded capabilities and new Apps request one today.

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.

What is the cost of bad product content to your organization?

88% of consumers say that detailed product content is extremely or very important to their purchasing decision. Consumers expect rich and trusted product content on all channels: desktop to mobile.

Common product content challenges that can slow down consumers’ product information journey include:

  • determining your data quality and how this positively impacts your business
  • leveraging the data you already have in GDSN for e-commerce and omni-channel purposes
  • global transparency initiatives

Now let’s hone in on the first product content challenge: data quality. No matter where you are on your product content journey, 1WorldSync Professional Services can help improve your data quality levels.

Data quality issues…the struggle is real

We hear the same challenges from all of our customers.

  • Suppliers have a large number of separate information stores and systems as well as other manual sources that house data for individual departments. It is difficult and expensive to integrate those connections.  With data replicated across the enterprise it is very challenging to align on ownership and establish data standards.
  • Data requirements change very quickly and can be hard to keep up with.  These changes can come from multiple places. They can be internally, market or recipient driven.  
  • A large amount of the 1WorldSync Supplier community is treating GDSN data separately from e-commerce data. This segregation can cause inconsistent or even conflicting consumer experiences for the same attributes, and ultimately cause harm to a brand.   

What’s the big deal around data quality?

Data quality is important for many reasons.  Some of the most popular reasons include:

  • Recipients are using the data you send them to drive their multi areas of their business as well as their e-commerce channels.  Do you, as a brand owner, want your recipients to clean your data and potentially impact your brand’s identity?
  • E-commerce recipients are requiring more and more data in order to sell on their websites.
  • Some e-commerce recipients are factoring in completeness and accuracy of data in search ranking and returns of your products.  Other recipients are applying penalties for suppliers who consistently underperform from a data quality perspective.    

Countdown to the Cosmo: Trusted Content, Anytime, Everywhere

1WorldSync is excited to join more than 1,000 partners in Las Vegas at GS1 Connect . For companies looking to upgrade their data quality capabilities, be sure to stop by the 1WorldSync booth (#17,18)!

Our professional services team invites you to receive your customized data quality report based on your existing items and take part in a 30 minute tailored consultation on your Consistency and Completeness against several key data quality performance indicators.

This is a great way to understand potential data quality issues with your current product content, how you rank against your peers, the impact on your business and what steps you can take to improve your data quality.

Sign up here for a 30 minute consultation during GS1 Connect!