Labeling Solutions That Bridge Islands of Data
by Maureen Perroni, on June 6, 2018
At his office, Michael – the CEO of a medical device and pharmaceutical worldwide distribution company revealed his frustration to the CFO in his executive team. The business has just missed an important tender from the Colombian government due to mislabeling. This means millions in lost sales.
¨I hate it when this happens. Labeling is jeopardizing my financials.¨Michael was struggling to meet the fast-changing label requirements and regulations from his customers. Most of them were government organizations around the world. He felt like his existing solution did not have the necessary flexibility. Being low in agility, his business was having detrimental consequences, not only on the revenue side but also on cost. Non-compliance fees were eroding the company’s profits.
After investing a substantial amount on the SAP implementation, Michael's company was not running as expected. Besides the frequent regulatory compliance errors, there were multiple labeling issues across the supply chain - kit manufacturing, warehousing and distribution - his core activity. Tired of the situation, Michael called the Supply Chain team to fix it.
What would you do if you were on that team in front of the CEO? You, being analytical, would probably take a discovery approach to identify the root causes. During that process, you would probably find out that your business like Michael’s and other businesses share some common ground in the way they have expanded.
Islands of Data
Picture a large manufacturing company like yours or 3M. There are multiple divisions with many different product lines. Each of these divisions organically grew to accompany the fast pace of the demand. It is possible that in the quest to satisfy this increasing demand, each of these divisions may have acquired its own unique software package.
There was simply no time to grow in an orderly manner and now you can see hundreds of these software packages that do not talk to each other. They are islands of data with no connecting points. This Burger King approach of 'Have it your way' for each of the data islands leads to increased complexity, errors, and inconsistency, with the unavoidable negative effects on the brand image.
Enterprise Labeling builds the bridges among your islands of data by providing an innovative, centralized, standardized way for labeling across all of your divisions. Indeed, it is a scalable platform. With it, you ensure significant cost reduction while adhering to regulations that are constantly changing.
Almost eighty percent (80%) of Procurement leaders consider cost reduction their top priority, according to the 2018 Deloitte survey. Selecting the right Enterprise Labeling Solution gives you the opportunity to deliver a high ROI for your business and become a top performer.
You can find different providers in the market. So, what should you look for when shopping for Enterprise Labeling Solutions to identify the best fit?
This is a fundamental aspect. Even though some companies offer very good one-off labels, it is not true integration. Integration takes place among the islands of data as well as with the ERP system. Michael’s company in the story had implemented SAP. Other businesses like yours may have Oracle or other systems.
To streamline processes and have a designated source of truth – without the need of replicating the data – the ERP system and the Enterprise Labeling Solution need to work together. For instance, when a PO is created in SAP, it can trigger the label directly by using the data in SAP.
The benefits of the integration your labeling solution with your existing business applications are as follows:
- Leverage existing investments
With this, the maintenance of multiple databases is removed. For a successful rollout, it is important that the software manufacturer considers the specific existing business applications and configures the solution for the customer.
You are probably wondering, how will the standardization and data centralization work with the specifics of a customer or a region? One size fits all? Definitely, not.
Nonetheless, an Enterprise Labeling Solution that allows for the use of a dynamic template, which adapts to the constant changes in customer requirements as well as regulatory requirements, paves the way. This dynamic template applies business logic. For instance, if this happens, then do this. You'll save time while also minimizing errors.
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