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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 […]
Avoid Missed Sales Opportunities: Keeping Production Pipelines Fresh Blog 18 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain Avoid Missed Sales Opportunities: Keeping Production Pipelines Fresh   Calavo Growers had long used spreadsheets to track opportunities with customers. With the move to remote working came a greater need for visibility and accountability to ensure smooth operations and better customer experience.   When I first arrived at Calavo Growers over three and a half years ago, we did not have a system […]
A Fork in The Road: Committing to Food Traceability in 2021 Blog 16 Mar 2021 E2E Value Chain A Fork in The Road: Committing to Food Traceability in 2021 We are standing at the dawn of a trust revolution in the retail sector, in which food traceability becomes a global trend and consumers obtain visibility on the entire food journey. This transformation is compounded by the ever-increasing importance of health, safety and well-being concerns in society – accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic. As […]
Growing the Joint Profit Pool of Retailers and Manufacturers in Europe Blog 24 Feb 2021 E2E Value Chain Growing the Joint Profit Pool of Retailers and Manufacturers in Europe In Europe, modern trade retailers account for 40% to 80% of annual sales and gross profit for most consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs). Much of that profit is concentrated in four to five main customers in each country. A good year with one of these key customers typically translates into a good year for the […]
How Accurate & Harmonised Product Data Streamlines Global Industry Operations & Builds Consumer Trust Blog 22 Feb 2021 Product Data How Accurate & Harmonised Product Data Streamlines Global Industry Operations & Builds Consumer Trust Presently, it is near impossible to accurately estimate the number of products traded across global markets, and even more so to understand how many of them have unique identifiers and find each product’s history and associated details. Data inconsistencies lead to costly workarounds and manual alternations. For businesses, this can be harmful to operations and […]
Alas, It Is Always Dangerous to Prophesy, About the Future Blog 12 Feb 2021 Alas, It Is Always Dangerous to Prophesy, About the Future   This is the time of the year when everybody becomes a futurist. With a quick scan of the web you can find plenty of pundits trying their hands at guessing the future – whether it is “5 Supply Chain Trends We Should Watch in 2021” or “13 Post-Pandemic Supply Chain Trends” there is no […]