- ISPO offers access to global product labeling
- Cooperation with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and the technology provider Compliance & Risks
Tobias Gröber, Executive Director of the Business Unit Consumer Goods at Messe München and the Head of the ISPO Group, says: “The Compliant Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database of the WFSGI offers a critical overview of global requirements regarding product labeling—and creates a clear competitive edge for users. With the help of the database, brands and manufacturers can save time and money while also minimizing process-related risks.” Many countries require labels that are issued by government agencies, independent associations or industry organizations for a number of business areas. But the validity of these labels is often only regional or national. “This situation creates a challenge for global players,” Gröber says. “They have to remain constantly up to date about the latest labels in individual countries and make the appropriate changes by the deadline. If they fail to do so, they could face legal and, above all, business consequences like lost sales.” Thanks to the new label database, these risks can be minimized and processes designed more efficiently. One such step could involve proactively informing users when requirements change. If a product launch is being planned for a new market, searches for label specifications can be conducted as part of this work. The service encompasses the following product groups in 49 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe as well as North and South America: clothing and textiles, shoes, consumer electronics (wearables), personal protective equipment, sporting goods and bicycles (including e-bikes). Interested brands and manufacturers receive information throughout the year on ispo.com. Practical examples and use cases illustrate the benefits of this system.
The WFSGI’s Compliant Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database was introduced in the fall of 2018. Since then, it has been used by such companies as Columbia Sportswear, HEAD, Intersport and Sport 2000. The database draws on the knowledge management platform C2P of Compliance & Risks.