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1WorldSync™ 2014 Power of 1 Awards Honor Industry Leaders

1WorldSync announces the recipients of its annual Power of 1 Awards during the 1WorldSync Annual User Group at GS1 Connect 2014. Abbott Laboratories, Dot Foods, Ecolab, Nestlé USA, Sears Holdings Corporation and Greg Menz of the Kroger Company were presented awards at a special reception hosted by 1WorldSync, the industry leader in multi-enterprise distribution and exchange of product information.

The awards were presented at a reception hosted by 1WorldSync, the industry leader in multi-enterprise distribution and exchange of product information. The Power of 1 Awards honor organizations that have made a significant impact on their trading partner communities, through their outstanding work and leadership of product information exchange and Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN®) initiatives. The award winners have displayed exceptional leadership and innovation that has driven advancement in product information standards, world class data quality, and increased adoption of cross-enterprise data synchronization.

"The 1WorldSync community has a proven history of industry leadership and innovation with the adoption and application of the GS1 system of standards," said Dan Wilkinson, chief commercial officer, 1WorldSync Inc. "On behalf of our entire community, I would like to congratulate this year's winners for their success in advancing industry efforts in supply chain efficiency, regulatory compliance and Omni-Channel commerce."

The Power of 1 Award Data Quality by a manufacturer is awarded to Ecolab.

Ecolab is a global organization with a role in three GS1 US industry initiatives, including Foodservice, Healthcare and Retail. Ecolab has consistently taken leadership roles to assist in the continued advancement of data quality in the industries it operates. Because of their unique product mix, Ecolab is also able to provide a distinct perspective to the data quality efforts of each industry. Ecolab continues to play a key role within the GS1US & 1WorldSync community. Their work in providing a supplier's viewpoint has earned them an enormous amount of respect from their peers and customers around their pursuit of providing accurate product information.

The Power of 1 Award for Data Quality by a recipient is awarded to Dot Foods.

As a founding member of the Foodservice GS1 US Initiative, Dot Foods is consistently seen as a leader and driving force in the Foodservice industry. That leadership now includes their work in data quality advancement. Dot Foods works with all members of the Foodservice and Retail Industries to address data quality concerns, concepts and capabilities in order to drive efficiency, growth and organizational improvement for the benefit of their industry. Their detailed understanding of the complexity around data quality and their role as a re-distributor has allowed them to drive data quality improvement since the inception of the GS1US Foodservice initiative.

The Power of 1 Award for GDSN Adoption by a manufacturer is awarded to Nestlé USA.

Nestlé USA's determination for superior customer service, coupled with highly competent professionals makes us proud to list Nestlé USA as a 1WorldSync customer and an important contributor to the direction and growth of product information management, using the GS1 system of standards and GDSN). Nestlé USA has demonstrated a firm conviction for over ten years in both the usage of standards, as well as, providing their customers with high-quality product data. As a demonstration of these efforts, we have seen Nestlé USA's GDSN connections grow substantially over the last three years. Today Nestlé has 109 connections spread-out through 15 countries, proving that focus on customer service delivers value to Nestlé's customers on a global scale.

The Power of 1 Award for GDSN Adoption by a recipient is awarded to the Sears Holdings Corporation.

Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) is a two-time winner of the 1WorldSync GDSN Adoption Award. As an organization, SHC continues to increase usage of GDSN information internally, and push for broader adoption of GDSN with their trading partners. During 2013 SHC experienced a 35 percent increase in the number of vendors syncing and a 22 percent increase in the total number of GTINs synchronized. They currently have almost 2,000 GDSN connections and over 4,000 vendors that are ready to synchronize data through the GDSN.

The 2014 1WorldSync Power of 1 Innovation Award is awarded to Abbott Laboratories.

In the true spirit of the 1WorldSync Power of 1 Innovation Award, Abbott is driving the healthcare manufacturer industry in the usage of GDSN to comply with a regulation issued on September 24, 2013 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Abbott Laboratories' pioneering decision to leverage the GDSN to comply with this regulation, embodies what the 1WorldSync community looks for in an innovative organization. In order to ensure that their organization delivers the best quality of data to the FDA, Abbott has driven adoption and utilization of GS1 standards and the GDSN within the healthcare industry. Abbott has also collaborated with 1WorldSync, looking for new ways to utilize 1WorldSync technology to assist global organizations, regardless of industry, with efficient and quality product information distribution for patient safety.

The 2014 1WorldSync Compass Award is awarded to Greg Menz of The Kroger Company.

Greg Menz has served 35 years driving innovation and architecting company-wide solutions for Kroger. He is a leader within the Kroger Company, the Consumer Packaged Goods Retail Grocery industry and within the 1WorldSync community. Mr. Menz has taken a leading role in the advancement of industry initiatives through his work with the Joint Industry Coupon Committee, the GS1 B2C Alliance, the GS1 Digital Coupon Committee, the GS1 Fresh Foods Committee, and the GS1 US Board of Governors Technology Subcommittee. He remains actively involved in the 1WorldSync community share groups, leading activity on regulatory attribute alignment and overall GDSN attribute harmonization across retailers and distributors.

About 1WorldSync

With more than 15,000 customers across 54 countries, 1WorldSync is the leading product information network and data pool solutions provider, certified within GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®). 1WorldSync solutions and services enable businesses to exchange product information across their buy and sell side trading partner communities, via a single cloud based platform – with solutions including Supply Chain Enablement, Product Risk & Compliance, and Omni-channel Commerce. 1WorldSync is jointly owned by the member organizations of GS1 Germany and GS1 US. GS1 is the preeminent organization for the development of global standards, for identifying, capturing and sharing product information.

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