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Specification Management Transforms Retail

Annie Wissner
January 23, 2020

Specification Management: Are you living in a specification version control nightmare? We can help.

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Speed Up Your Spec Program

Don’t worry about tracking down suppliers, items, or ingredients to build raw material or finished goods specs. With TraceGains, you’re already connected and we can help automate the rest. We call it networked specification management and we have the only solution that does it.

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It’s the dawn of a new era for retailers. Millennials and the emergent Generation Z are tech-savvy, well informed, and eager to share their feelings about retail and product experiences with their multiple social networks. 

Whereas large retailers are focusing on creating a more curated customer experience, smaller operations are tackling how to scale efficiently. And all retailers want to figure out the right balance between online and physical storefronts.

Food Industry Retail

Based on research from Refrigerated and Frozen Foods, higher transportation and commodity costs will keep driving prices higher. As a result, retailers are studying inflation aggressively to remain competitive in a changing environment.

That’s just the beginning. A report from Label Insight and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) showed that 75% of consumers would switch to a brand that provides more in-depth product information, apart from what’s on the actual label. Less than 40% of shoppers felt that way in 2016.

Coping with Multiple Market Pressures

As brand owners, contract manufacturers, and suppliers grapple with multiple market pressures, it’s critical they cooperate more effectively to respond as quickly as possible. We held a roundtable discussion with retail customers and suppliers to identify pain points and uncover ideas for progress.

A recurring issue that emerged was how unnecessarily difficult it was in the past to track and approve raw materials and manufactured goods as they moved along the supply chain – all while ensuring required documentation was in order.

Supply Chain Visibility 

They’re not struggling anymore. With TraceGains, automated workflows and alerts ensure that required tasks happen while documentation and information exchange is digitized and readily available. They now have a complete audit trail, with data that powers dashboards and reports for valuable insight into supplier performance, compliance, and more giving them the supply chain visibility needed to manage risk and drive process improvement.

Specification Management can make a difference, making it possible for supply chain partners to co-author specifications while automatically tracking all the exchanged data. This new approach to specs presents a game-changing opportunity for retailers to streamline how they do business and thrive in a progressively crowded market. 

Specification Management lets store brand owners draft and publish raw material and finished goods specifications to fast-track new product development. The system combines customer requirements, internal input and judgment, and practical supplier capabilities to provide a spec design baseline. Data exchange is simplified and consolidated in a single location, with automated workflows and alerts available for internal and external stakeholder updates and approvals.

Find out how Specification Management can help accelerate food retail innovation.


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