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Schneider Electric Accelerates Digitization In The Food & Beverage Industry With A New Application For Managing Product Data

• Schneider Electric will boost EcoStruxure for Food & Beverage with PIM Powered by Agena3000, a production information management module
• The data will meet the GS1 standard, adopted by all major manufacturers, distributors and e-tailers

Rueil-Malmaison (France), April 5, 2018 – With evolving distribution systems and consumer needs, food & beverage manufacturers are looking for solutions to improve the organization, management and security of their product data in a shared system. Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, is now offering a new tool, PIM Powered by Agena3000, capable of centralizing, standardizing and distributing all updated product data with complete security. For this solution, Schneider Electric is drawing on the expertise of Agena3000, a French specialist in food & beverage product information management (PIM).

Manufacturers faced with an exponential rise in data

With the global trend for digitization and growing consumer demand for trusted, transparent access to more relevant, reliable information on their choices, mass retailers and e-tailers are using innovative technologies, such as connected objects (IoT) and mobile apps, to meet their customers’ needs. According to an IDC report published in 2017, the production of data should increase tenfold by 2024. Processing production, consumer and logistics data, and sending it to the right people is becoming a headache for manufacturers. They need to send this data in increasingly short deadlines, with near real-time becoming the norm in e-commerce.

A 360° vision of data in line with the GS1 standard

At its Innovation Summit, hosting more than 5,000 experts, customers and partners from all over the world on April 5-6, 2018 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Schneider Electric will present during its Schneider World Premiere the latest innovations in its EcoStruxure™ IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform. EcoStruxure™ delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure™ leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure™ has been deployed in 480,000+ installations, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators, connecting over 1.5 million assets. On this occasion, Schneider Electric will unveil its new PIM Powered by Agena3000 app for reliable, efficient product information management. PIM Powered by Agena3000 will be part of EcoStruxure for Food & Beverage.

Benjamin Jude, Food & Beverage Segment Solution Architect at Schneider Electric, explained: “Production information management (PIM) is a system of reference that centralizes all end-product data and makes it available to stakeholders internally and externally, from e-commerce platforms to stores.” All the data handled by PIM Powered by Agena3000 will be constantly updated and comply with GS1, the global standard for encoding information produced by the food & beverage industry (product codes, ingredients, additives, consumer information, composition, allergens, etc.) adopted by all major retailers and e-tailers.

Combining Schneider Electric’s industrial know-how with Agena3000’s food & beverage PIM expertise

To develop this offering, Schneider Electric has partnered with French software provider Agena3000, which has 30 years of experience in standardizing product information managed by manufacturers for major retailers. Stéphane Lopez, channel director at Agena300, commented: “The GS1 standard is a mark of trust and security for distributors We bring our expertise in data standardization and ensure updates, especially local adaptations of GS1 from one country to another.” The company is also able to address specific requests by a distributor, such as a specific format and definition for product photos.

About AGENA3000

Founded in 1980, AGENA3000 software editor company, supports manufacturers, retailers and their partners in their digital transformation by developing collaborative data solutions in the CPG, Food and Healthcare sectors.

A range of agile, secure, and innovative solutions used by more than 3000 customers enabling them to exchange and communicate securely data in over 30 countries.

PIM Product Information Management to manage, create, validate and exchange your electronic Product catalogue

EDI to support electronic document shipment and invoices exchanges

TPM Trade Promotion Management to electronically exchange pricing, bilateral commercial terms and negotiated margins

ERP to globally manage your enterprise

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