Supply Chain

    SKU Proliferation is a Challenge - Specification Management Can Help

    SKU Rationalization: What Is It and How Is It Being Used?

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    The “build it and they will come” mentality is taking a negative toll on companies, particularly as they struggle to identify underperforming products and simplify their portfolio. In the past, SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) proliferation was a viable path to growth as companies focused on expanding their product offering to customers.  Now, as efficiency, sustainability,…

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    Granular Specification Data Can Spur Product Development

    4 Ways a Granular View of Specification Data Spurs Product Development

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    What’s involved in an effective product development plan? Companies may be surprised to learn that success in this area often has more to do with their people and processes just as much as their technology.  Whether you’re developing a new type of drink, snack, or household gadget, product analytics matter. Intelligent use of data is…

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    Go Beyond Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainability

    Accelerate Life Cycle Assessment with Specification Management Software

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    What is the total environmental impact of just one product or its package? How about all of the products you produce within a given year? Answering these questions can seem unfeasible, given the multiple factors that influence a product’s environmental impact. Many of these factors may not have crossed your mind, while others you are…

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    Beauty Manufacturing Specifications

    Specification Data Management and the Beauty Industry: 4 Takeaways from Forrester Research

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    Consumers are demanding more from beauty products than ever before. Especially with younger generations, there’s an increased emphasis on the importance of transparency, social responsibility, and sustainability. Added to this are the ongoing and rapidly-increasing challenges of cosmetic industry changes and innovations seen by all suppliers and producers.  Beauty companies who understand the need to…

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    Supplier SDM Tablet

    5 Ways Specification Management Software Improves Supplier Collaboration

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    When you hear the term “Specification Data Management™ (SDM™) software,” what immediately comes to mind? You might simply think of product specifications. And that makes sense, since product and packaging specifications are foundational to an overall specification management solution. However, a comprehensive SDM system manages much more than just product specs. With the right SDM software,…

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    Specification Data Management Team Control

    Take Control of Your Packaging with Specification Management Software

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    As CPG companies are reviewing the previous year’s progress and planning for ways to improve in 2020, one area that often gets overlooked is the way they manage their packaging specifications. From dimensions to materials to suppliers and co-manufacturers, there are seemingly countless moving parts that go into creating each package for each product.  To…

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    Product LifeCycle Vs. SDM

    What’s the Difference between Product Lifecycle Management and Specification Data Management™?

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    Specification Data Management (SDM™) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) share similarities, but the two terms are far from interchangeable. By definition, PLM software is a repository of data used in the design and manufacturing process of a product throughout its lifecycle — development, rollout, growth, stability, and decline. The idea behind using PLM software is…

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    Supply Chain Sustainability: What Every Business Should Know

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    Companies pushing toward sustainability often start by examining and improving their own internal processes. However, a recent report from CDP found that a company’s supply chain creates 5.5 times more greenhouse gas emissions than they do in-house. There are big opportunities for companies to become more sustainable by directing their focus to elements beyond their…

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    When Avoiding Blindness Requires Seeing the Supply Chain Clearly

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    Thanksgiving is always a great time to catch up with family and share stories. Growing up, I learned a great deal from my dad and the stories he shared working in the pharmaceutical field.  One of the most memorable stories came up during my holiday visit home. Dad mentioned his neighbor recently reached out through…

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