Evaluating Your Technology Investment

Evaluating Your Technology Investment

At some point in your career, you may have encountered one or more of the following scenarios: Your CIO reads about a new industry solution that she feels will be a game changer and recommends that your company should be an early adopter so you are ahead of your competitors. You attend a presentation and …

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Preparing for GDSN Maintenance Releases

How to Prepare for GDSN Maintenance Releases

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) has been operating for over 13 years and provides support for a wide range of trading partners and industry channels.  In May 2016, Major Release 3 (MjR3) was deployed, which increased efficiency, brought about greater flexibility across various industry verticals / business sectors and provided better support to regulatory …

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GS1 Connect 2017

Why Attend GS1 Connect 2017?

With spring in the air, it is time to start finalizing plans to ensure your attendance at the most important annual GDSN community gathering, GS1 Connect 2017. The focus of this event is for industry leaders to learn how to better meet today’s business challenges and position their organizations to unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Over this three-day …

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Kroger Vendor Item Portal - Automating the Process

Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process

Several years ago The Kroger Company launched Program Mercury, a data synchronization initiative that requires suppliers to provide information about products sold in Kroger stores. Now called the Item MDM/VIP, the program continues to utilize the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and the Kroger Vendor Item Portal (VIP) to collect product item data that is …

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Why GDSN Matters

Why GDSN Standards Matter

In 2004, GS1 launched the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to provide a common language and set of documents to improve the exchange of product information between trading partners. The goal was to reduce the number of individual connections used to exchange master data. To achieve this vision, standards had to be developed and agreed …

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SmartLabel: Product Information at Consumers’ fingertips

SmartLabel™: Product Information at Consumers’ fingertips

SmartLabel™ is positioned to change the way we evaluate and consume products every day. That is a bold statement backed by consumers, manufacturers and US Government regulatory agencies as each have a stake in making this initiative a reality. What is SmartLabel? SmartLabel™ is a tool designed for consumers to digitally access detailed product information …

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Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 4

Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 4

Happy Outcomes? This series of articles has looked at the various requirements and legislation supporting the automation of the UK National Health Service (NHS) procurement, product use and recording in electronic systems of the near £30 Billion of pharmaceuticals, device, consumables and services which are bought every year to support care delivery. This final article …

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Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 3

Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 3

The European Union and the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) It may seem that the EU interferes in our day-to-day lives, stories of bananas having to be straight, light ale having to change its name and ambulances having to be painted yellow to comply with EU legislation are vaguely amusing (and all, incidentally, untrue).  The hand …

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Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 2

Product Information Revolution in UK Healthcare: Part 2

Savings and safety through verification Continuing on from my post last week about the eProcurement Strategy for the UK National Health Service (NHS), another important topic is how cost savings and improved patient safety can be achieved through data verification. When a product is used anywhere in the NHS, whether on the ward, in the …

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