Wegmans, McLane Benefit from Gladson Data Program

Gladson, provider of product images, product information and category management services for the consumer packaged goods industry, is offering a Certified Master Data Program that certifies product information is in compliance with GS1 standards for product data accuracy, the company reported.

Leading retailers and distributors, including Wegmans and McLane, are already accepting data generated by this program and have seen significant improvements in the quality of the data that they receive from their trading partners, according to Gladson, as are manufacturers like Mars, PepsiCo and Kraft, which are currently using the program to create accurate and continuously updated databases of product information for product cases, inner-packs and retail units.

“Product data quality is essential to an efficient supply chain,” said Marianne Timmons, VP/supply chain strategy at Wegmans. “We’ve seen significant improvement in the accuracy of data we receive from those manufacturers that are using Gladson services.”

The improvements in the data reduces the need to re-measure and verify product dimensions, speeds product acceptance and distribution, and reduces costs across the supply chain, the company stated.

“Gladson’s certification program improves product data quality and accuracy, especially in terms of measurements, weights, case pack information, bar code scanability and GTIN allocation rules,” said Beckey James, e-commerce manager of McLane Co. “This is an important step toward establishing trust in the quality and consistency of data we receive from vendors and facilitates our new product acceptance process.”
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