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E2E Projects

We've had a number of projects over the years. Today, our focus is on seven active projects where we focus on what only the CGF can do – that is, creating value through collaboration that involves multiple retailers, manufacturers and service providers across the world and that requires CEO-level leadership.

1. SmartLabel™ (Mobile Scanning)

This project will provide a globally harmonised approach to deliver product information (ingredients, health, social and environmental data) to consumers through their mobile devices. 
The Trading Partners Alliance (GMA/FMI) is leading implementation of SmartLabel™ in the US and Canada, in partnership with GS1. The CGF, as the only global organisation bringing retailers and manufacturers together, will drive the global harmonisation and roll-out of mobile scanning applications.

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2. Content & Commerce (Data Accuracy)

This project is at an early stage. It is exploring whether the CGF can play a unique role in addressing two well-known areas of inaccurate data that together inhibit consumer transparency and effective supply chain management.
  • Master data product information shared with consumers
  • Supply chain and product related information shared between trading partners 

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3. Transparency & Traceability

This project will enable the industry to provide transparent product information to consumers as well as efficient, interoperable product traceability systems across the value chain.  The CGF is driving industry-wide collaboration to address two key barriers:
  • Establishing an industry-wide Applications Programming Interface (API) that will overcome the technical barriers to system interoperability
  • Addressing business process barriers to product information transparency – such as the unavailability of data from upstream suppliers or confidentiality concerns about sharing data 

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4. Modularisation

This project is about using standardised modular packaging (e.g. crates and trays in place of cardboard secondary packaging) to drive efficiencies across the supply chain. It responds to the growth of smaller shipping sizes and takes advantage of the increasing prevalence of automation. The advantages of a modular approach include: 
  • Supporting growth through increased speed to market, improved shelf availability; and new ways to present products to the consumer 
  • More efficient use of space in warehouses and trucks, reduction in handling and re-packaging 
  • Reduced environmental impact
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5. Consumer Engagement Principles

This project seeks to help retailers and manufacturers build trust with consumers and shape the way they use consumer information that is collected digitally.  The CGF role focuses on industry-wide collaboration to provide:
  • A pro-active solution to ongoing controversy about data breaches, social media and the “Snowden effect”;
  • Guidance on how to manage interaction with or among stakeholders across all digital channels while safeguarding consumers’ data; and
  • A platform that will help consumers view the industry as a responsible user and steward of consumer data and insights.

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6. Collaborative Logistics

This project provides thought leadership and practical guidance (through case examples) on emerging opportunities for logistics collaboration across the industry. Examples of such collaborative solutions include:
  • City/Market Retail & Logistics Consolidation Centres – sharing distribution, transportation, and inventory assets to improve order fulfillment and last-mile execution. Collaboration partners can cut cost and environmental impact by 25–50%
  • Manufacturer Logistics Hubs – sharing distribution and transportation assets. Typical benefits include an 8-10% cut in miles, 30% less retail inventory, lower carbon emissions and lower network costs
  • Improved Data Quality/Visibility – collaborating to make inventory more visible through the supply chain. This can improve decision making and remove unnecessary handling and transport movements
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7. Global Upstream Supply Initiative (GUSI)

One of our more mature projects, the GUSI is about providing tighter integration of supply chains without the financial and time-related costs through the development and implementation of a model and message standard.
  • Identify areas within the upstream supply chain where integration and interoperability would provide the most benefits and provide necessary platform for collaboration
  • Develop model that will ultimately provide companies with improved ROI
  • Includes the essential Upstream Integration Model (UIM) framework

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Our End-to-End Value Chain & Standards projects are open to members only and we encourage members to get involved and participate in these industry-defining activities. If you are interested, please contact Ruediger Hagedorn directly to learn more.

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Ongoing Initiatives

Future Value Network 

The Future Value Network project stems from on-going effort to to predict major trends that will impact our industry in the future. Originally the Future Value Chain series, our latest edition of the report highlighted the need to rethink the value chain and move towards value networks. We invite you to help us ensure that future value networks strengthen our industry and benefit consumers through the challenges that lie ahead.

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Internet of Things 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is big. However, it's easily misunderstood. Our all new IoT educational series has been designed, together with experts from Capgemini and Intel, to help breakdown the jargon to allow you to get the facts and see where the IoT can help improve your business performance and ensure greater consumer trust. It's time for the consumer goods industry to fully embrace the Internet of Things.

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