As consumer demands rapidly evolve, foodservice distributors and manufacturers are having to maneuver their models to accommodate two major needs:
- Delivering ‘Retail Ready’ products to customers outside of foodservice
- Offering ‘Grab and Go’ products to help operators bolster their take-out offerings
The one major challenge with accommodating these two needs is that distributors do not have the critical attribution needed to understand which manufacturer products will service these two needs.
Here’s how you can help…
What we’re asking for
In order to help us better understand your products, we need manufacturers to help populate these two attributes in our system:
Retail Ready w/ Scannable Barcode (Y/N)
Does the item have a scannable UPC Barcode printed on the inner pack. This means that item is packaged for purchase and is able to be scanned at checkout.
Prepared for grab-n-go (Y/N)
Is the product packaged and ready for take-away consumption off-premise. This means the item is package ready for sale at a retail, restaurant, or other marketplace to be taken off-premise and is ready to be consumed, but MAY NOT have a scannable barcode on it.
How you can provide it
Attribytes has made dropdowns available for each one of your products that can easily be selected within our systems. If you are updating your product information via the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), you can also leverage some available attributes by working with your GS1 Certified Data Pool provider.
How to populate these attributes in View My Product
Search your products
After you login, you will be able to search and filter your products. Simply type in the GTIN or Manufacturer Product Number in the search bar to display items for each distributor that has those items actively listed.
Next, expand the product listing to display all of the product-specific attributes, or what we call ‘Attribytes’!
These will be unique to each product category.
NOTE: If you update the Attribyte values for a GTIN that is commonly listed as ‘active’ for multiple distributors, you will only need to update the GTIN for one distributor. Our system will take care of the rest as long as that GTIN is correctly listed within other distributor’s systems.
How to populate through your data pool for most distributors
If you are working with a GS1 Certified Data Pool, there are fields available to help identify #1 (Retail Ready w/Scannable Barcode). Distributors who are actively receiving the following combination of attributes will be able to identify your retail ready products in their systems.
Note: The attributes and values listed below are standard GS1 definitions and may look different within your data pool provider’s systems. If you need help identifying these attributes or navigating their system, you will need to contact your dedicated account manager.
There is a combination of 4 attributes available in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to help us your identify ‘Retail Ready’ products for most distributors.
Note all distributors collect this information, but it is good for you to populate these fields anyway. If one of our distributors is leveraging these attributes, then you can simply work with your GS1 Certified Data Pool Provider to leverage the work you are already doing via the GDSN.
The DataCarrierTypeCode is a value in GDSN that identifies the type of Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is being updated. In order to identify the product as scannable at the point of sale, such as a retail cash register or restaurant check-out, we need to know if the product is a UPC_A. Basically, this tells us if the item has a scannable barcode on the lowest level inner pack that is being purchased.
1. Attribute in GDSN: DataCarrierTypeCode
Expected Value: UPC_A
TradeItemUnitDescriptorCode = BASE_UNIT_OR_EACH
The TradeItemUnitDescriptorCode identifies different levels of the product hierarchy for the GTIN you are updating. In the diagram below, you will see three basic levels of a product hierarchy in foodservice. We need to know if the item you are identifying is considered a Base Unit or Each.
2. Attribute in GDSN: TradeItemUnitDescriptorCode
Expected Value: BASE_UNIT_OR_EACH
isTradeItemBaseUnit = Yes
This is a complementary attribute to the above TradeItemUnitDescriptorCode attribute that we discuss above.
3. Attribute in GDSN: isTradeItemABaseUnit
Expected value: Yes
isTradeItemAConsumerUnit = Yes
This attribute is a little bit more intuitive, given it’s obvious name. It will confirm that the item being described is indeed ready for consumers to purchase.
4. Attribute in GDSN: isTradeItemAConsumerUnit
Expected value: Yes
Below is a diagram that helps identify the levels of the product hierarchy typically used in foodservice. Use this to help align yourself with how to identify your own products. You can also learn more by downloading our recorded Town Hall session, GTINs for Newbies and Beginners.