Industry Solutions

CPG & Retail

 For some time, dominating market participants in the retail sector have had highly integrated supply chains. The lack of consistent product information across the supply chain has hindered this integration which has lead to new industry initiatives to synchronize product data across the supply chain. Several large retail store chains (e.g. Wal-Mart) have set their suppliers a deadline to support international standards within the next year.

An effective Product Information Management program along with data synchronization is a decisive factor in dealing with trading partners. A UDEX analysis reveals that around 75% of all end-consumer article product information and 57% of product attributes of commodities are inconsistent and inaccurate. This inconsistency results in a lower productivity as every article has to be re-edited manually. The time lost, approximately 25 minutes per article, can lead to delayed product launches and to losses in sales and market share.

By using centralized Product Information Management (PIM) solutions it is guaranteed that the product information in all company sectors is accurate and complete (up to attribute level) - regardless of the fact from which organizational unit or source the data come from.

Benefits for the typical retailer:

  • The time for launching a new product is shortened by 14 days
  • 10,000 - 30,000 hours per year saved due to scanning mistakes
  • 5,000 - 10,000 hours per year saved due to new product launches and updates
  • 1,000 - 2,000 hours per year saved for clarification activities due to mistakes in invoices
  • cost reduction in invoice verification
  • 0.5%-1% of freight costs saved

(Source: UDEX)

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