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The Paradox of Value Blog 19 Oct 2021 E2E Value Chain The Paradox of Value If there is something important the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of, it is that many things are more valuable than money. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise anyone. For example, the economic principle that states that scarcity of something leads to higher prices doesn’t make much sense when the item is health, water or access to […]
Database Coupling Made Easy: Data Reference Sheet Blog 15 Oct 2021 E2E Value Chain Database Coupling Made Easy: Data Reference Sheet At The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), and particularly within my work in the End-to-End Value Chain and Product Data, we are focused on making things easier and more effective for businesses along the entire value chain. This could be to help make a business more sustainable, or it could be to support efficiency and reduce […]
Continued Supply Chain Shocks? Build Resilience with Increased Intelligence and Flexibility Blog 01 Oct 2021 E2E Value Chain Continued Supply Chain Shocks? Build Resilience with Increased Intelligence and Flexibility Halfway through what was supposed to be a recovery year, retailers are still struggling Long gone are the days of panic buying and empty shelves in grocery stores as society grappled with the early days of the pandemic. Most retailers around the world have since regained their footing by increasing capabilities and nimbly adapting to […]
Do More with Less: Use Existing Emissions Data to Accelerate Decarbonisation Blog 24 Sep 2021 E2E Value Chain Do More with Less: Use Existing Emissions Data to Accelerate Decarbonisation As more companies set bold decarbonisation goals such as Science-Based Targets or Net Zero pledges, a major organisational shift is occurring across the global corporate landscape: the topic of carbon is moving from a pure reporting concern to a core strategic concern. The challenge is that the underpinning carbon data is evolving much slower. Many […]
One Product Identity, Many Tagging Technologies – Here’s Why… Blog 05 Aug 2021 E2E Value Chain One Product Identity, Many Tagging Technologies – Here’s Why… Today, consumers expect end-to-end traceability, authenticity and engaging experiences from consumer product brands — from packaged goods to apparel items to pharmaceuticals. How do consumer brands deliver on these expectations? Not only deliver on expectations, but manage them throughout a product’s lifecycle? Over the past year product digitisation has become the norm rather than the […]
Squaring the Circle Blog 11 May 2021 E2E Value Chain Squaring the Circle I started this blog on Earth Day, 23rd April 2021. Amid watching a documentary on whales, heartfelt pleas for a better future by young activist Bella Lack, and dances and songs that celebrate the natural world, one word stood out: circularity. This idea of a circular economy has been around for a long time, but […]
Global Retail Reset Demands Location Data Transparency Blog 11 May 2021 E2E Value Chain Global Retail Reset Demands Location Data Transparency After a historically disruptive year, physical retail has started a global reset unlike anything seen in modern times. The decline in the productivity of many retail locations has been directly impacted by the upswing in ecommerce and the jump in remote work. Euromonitor reports that goods bought online grew 24% while in-store sales declined 7% […]
7 Questions Away | Product Data Interview with Andrea Schlossarek, METRO AG Blog 20 Apr 2021 Product Data 7 Questions Away | Product Data Interview with Andrea Schlossarek, METRO AG The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is delighted to share this edition of 7 Questions Away, contributed by Andrea Schlossarek, Director, Corporate Master Data Management, METRO AG. She shares her views on how the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) Ubiquity project is unfolding at her company and the power of collaborating with other members from CGF’s […]
What’s Driving Change in Food Manufacturing? Blog 15 Apr 2021 E2E Value Chain What’s Driving Change in Food Manufacturing? Shifts in food manufacturing often mirror consumer trends, but they typically reflect technological advancements, too. Here are four things worth watching in 2021 and beyond. Using freshness sensors for food packaging Anyone who regularly shops for groceries knows the importance of looking for use or sell-by dates on perishable items before tossing them into a […]
Three Tips to Win the Last-Mile Delivery Planning Battle in Disruptive Times Blog 13 Apr 2021 E2E Value Chain Three Tips to Win the Last-Mile Delivery Planning Battle in Disruptive Times It’s now more important than ever to excel in last mile delivery. In the current uncertain times, the majority of customers are house-bound – and they are relying more on home delivery services. This spike in home deliveries disrupts supply chains and increases planning complexity for retailers and express companies. These companies are increasingly pressured […]
The Year Ahead for CGF China Blog 12 Apr 2021 Corporate The Year Ahead for CGF China In the Chinese Zodiac, the new year that started on 12th February is the Year of the Ox. The many qualities of the ox are believed to influence the year’s outcome: a symbol of hard work, positivity and honesty, the ox can bring long-awaited success and prosperity to 2021.    The Consumer Goods Forum’s team […]
7 Questions Away | Product Data Interview With Ethem Kamanlı, Migros Ticaret Blog 01 Apr 2021 E2E Value Chain 7 Questions Away | Product Data Interview With Ethem Kamanlı, Migros Ticaret The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) caught up with Ethem Kamanlı, Supply Chain Solutions Director at Migros Ticaret, to talk about his company’s experience in collaborating with the CGF’s End-to-End (E2E) Value Chain initiative and rolling out Product Data Coalition projects in Turkey. Get insights on their experience and how championing Product Data projects has enhanced […]
Food Fraud: Impact of Counterfeits on Consumers’ Safety & Brand Reputation Blog 30 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain Food Fraud: Impact of Counterfeits on Consumers’ Safety & Brand Reputation With over 30% of shoppers saying they will shift at least some of their spending away from brick-and-mortar stores towards e-commerce, consumers are showing increased trust in online shopping for their groceries. In fact, the recent spike in consumer demand for fresh and frozen food in the e-commerce channel is expected to climb from nearly […]
Digital Product Data Is The Future: A Case for Machine Learning Blog 25 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain Digital Product Data Is The Future: A Case for Machine Learning The online grocery industry hit a turning point in 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic brought on the inevitable push towards eCommerce acceleration, the deeper wave was felt by systems and processes ill-equipped for agility and scale. In the past it was commonplace to have skepticism and internal resistance about eCommerce inside many brands, as brick […]
Breaking Down Functional Silos and Harnessing the Power of Analytics to Design to Margin Blog 23 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain Breaking Down Functional Silos and Harnessing the Power of Analytics to Design to Margin Growing demand for personalisation, omnichannel, and responsible products is undeniable and is creating an inevitable and significant increase in innovation, operations, and pricing intricacies.   Harnessing intelligence from the entire value chain to proactively manage and predict the cost/opportunity of this complexity is a new frontier which CPG companies need to master in order to achieve […]
There Is No Label That Stands Above Truth Blog 19 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain There Is No Label That Stands Above Truth Learn how emerging yet available technologies such as Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES), image recognition, HF-RFID, and down the road mobile enabled smell or DNA, will combine to better inform consumers / shoppers at the point of purchase.   In order to build a sustainable relationship of trust, quality will need to be proven through immediate […]