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Whitepaper discusses PLM implementation, debunks retailing myths

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK A new whitepaper released by Kurt Salmon Associates discusses ways retailers that use product lifecycle management software can take to get value from their PLM investments.

“The Three Stages of Retail PLM Adoption,” available for download at www.kurtsalmon.com, underscores the need for retailers to improve their implementation approach that includes designers, merchants and external suppliers.

The whitepaper takes on five retailing myths: agents, the product development department, sourcing, factories and management itself.

  • Myth 1: My agent knows better than I do. This gives agents too much power. Most agents communicate between a retailer on one end and a supplier on the other. Warning: Don’t assume your manufacturing agent knows more than you
  • Myth 2: Our product development department is more trustworthy than our suppliers. Rather than keeping vendors away from setting specs, retailers should focus on communicating clearly what needs to be done, then capitalize on the skills of the vendors to do most of the technical work
  • Myth 3: Only sourcing can understand what suppliers are talking about. That thinking stands in the way of designers getting into direct dialogs with suppliers about ways to tweak product designs for more efficient manufacturing and distribution
  • Myth 4: Our factories won’t want to share their supply chain. Retailers who show a factory the rewards of stronger collaboration will be able to create a competitive advantage
  • Myth 5: We can’t change ourselves. Retailers who do not use PLM technology to revamp the way they develop products and work with suppliers will suffer higher costs and be late to market, and that’s a recipe for shrinking market share.

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Hannaford cuts the trans fats from private-label products

BY Alaric DeArment

SCARBOROUGH, Maine Hannaford Supermarkets is removing artery-clogging trans fats from its private-label products, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Hannaford had removed the fats from nearly 300 food items.

The chain, owned by Belgium-based Delhaize Group, operates 173 stores in New England and New York and employs 27,000 people, according to its Web site.

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Estracell Wedge Edge sponge now available at retailers nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

WALLED LAKE, Mich. Armaly Brands has expanded the distribution of its Estracell Wedge Edge sponge.

The Wedge Edge sponge, a multi-surface, no scratch scrub sponge that features a patent-pending, 30-degree angle shape that reaches deeper into hard-to-get-to corners and crevices, now will be available at such retailers as Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Spartan Stores, Publix.

“Consumer demand has driven retailers to make the Wedge Edge available in outlets nationwide,” said John Armaly Jr., president of Armaly Brands.  “As more consumers discovered the product’s distinctive shape which allowed them to clean those hard-to-get-to areas and experienced the advantages of the Estracell material the demand for the product really took off.  We had reports from buyers telling us that customers were asking for the product which was really a key component in allowing us to secure additional distribution.”

Armaly also is the maker of cleaning products Brillo, Auto Show and Armaly ProPlus.

 

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