Schneider Electric targets F&B industry with new digital tool
Company will boost EcoStruxure for Food and Beverage with PIM Powered by Agena3000, a production information management module
Schneider Electric is now offering a new tool, PIM Powered by Agena3000, capable of centralising, standardising and distributing all updated product data, with security. For this solution, Schneider Electric is drawing on the expertise of Agena3000, a French specialist in food and beverage product information management (PIM).
With the global trend for digitisation 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.
Benjamin Jude, food and beverage segment solution architect at Schneider Electric, explained: “Production information management (PIM) is a system of reference that centralises 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 and beverage industry (product codes, ingredients, additives, consumer information, composition, allergens, etc.) and adopted by major retailers and e-tailers.
To develop this offering, Schneider Electric has partnered with French software provider Agena3000, which has 30 years of experience in standardising 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 standardisation 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.
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 platform. 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 and Beverage.