Friday, March 31, 2017

Innovation and New Product Development in Food and Cosmetics industries

As “Le Figaro” mentions in its revue, in a stagnating market fragilized by price war (rates have decreased by 1.2% in 2015), industrials and distributors bet on new products to relaunch sales and straighten their margins. 2200 innovations have been introduced in 2016 during de SIAL, which represents an increase of 24% of the number of new products compared to 2014.
In this article, Robert Brands states that the development of new products can be divided into 8 main steps:
  • The SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threatens);
  • Ideas production;
  • Concept test;
  • Market research;
  • Beta version tests (lab trials);
  • Industrialization and product development;
  • Commercialization;
  • Adjustments after the product launch (continuous improvement and adjustment of the price)
A similar approach is presented by the Conference Board in Canada.
Thanks to beCPG software, we’re going to see how you can manage your innovation approach, notably the development of new products and new packaging in Food and Cosmetics industries.

Why resorting to project management?
Project management allows managing many aspects of the project:
  • Scheduling;
  • Role and responsibility of each project speaker;
  • Documents as brief marketing, formulations, technical sheets, trial results, artwork;
  • Budget
Schedule
The schedule allows the definition of the project tasks by decomposing each of the phases in tasks and subtasks so that a visual representation of the project structure is possible (WBS: Work Breakdown Structure). It allows to communicate to each team member the goals and the roles of everyone. Thus, everybody is on the same page.

When a task starts, its actor is notified by workflow and by email with a description of what he has to do and with links to deliverables he has to achieve. These workflows are configurable without development by the project manager.

Project evaluation (SWOT)
Each project is evaluated according to criteria defined by the project manager.

Formulation and technical sheets generation
The beCPG software supplies a formulation module to calculate allergens, ingredients, nutrients, costs and allegations of the product from its recipe.

As soon as regulatory data and costs are calculated by beCPG, technical sheets are generated automatically, for example, le technical sheet for the client and the factory sheet.

Document management
Document management allows the storage of all the documents linked to the project: brief marketing, formulations, technical sheets, trial results, ready for printings and so on. Documents are classified as folders and subfolders according to the record classification determined by the project manager.

Users can consult easily the documents thanks to the inline preview and they can edit them in Microsoft Office or Google Docs. As soon as a document is modified, the previous version is archived in the versions history which enable to have a complete traceability of the modifications (who modified the document, when, why).

Different views permit to view a document.


To save some time during the creation of a project, it’s possible to create project templates to initialize the schedule and the record classification plan.
Budget
The project manager has to keep in mind the budget allocated to his project. For that purpose, he can define the project forecast budget, expenses, incomes and follow the real budget.
Research
One of the most encountered problem for the users is the search of the documents. For that purpose, the research provides the preview of the documents. This latter allows the search into document’s metadata and into the document’s content (for example, in the text of a contract). The user doesn't have to know the location of each document he’s searching for.

Activities
The activities follow-up allows to check easily the activity on a project (comments, documents modifications, change of tasks states and so on).


Project overview
The page project overview displays projects with current tasks, overdue, score, completion, products created, last comment, start and end dates. It allows project managers to track their projects during the review of project. From this page, you can filter your projects and export them in excel.



Manage your construction projects with Alfresco and beCPG

This article from “The Moniteur” spotlights that projects which exceed the forecast costs and miss the deadlines are not unusual. In fact, the complexity of these kind of projects is consequent because there are plenty of teams (often scattered), because of the variability of the exchanged documents and because trades must be well synchronized.
To answer this problem, Alfresco and the beCPG project module provides an interesting solution which will help you managing your construction projects or even the extension of a production line in your plant. 

Why resorting to project management?
Project management allows managing many aspects of the project:
  • Scheduling;
  • Role and responsibility of each project speaker;
  • Documents as plans and contracts;
  • Budget
Schedule
The schedule allows the definition of the project tasks by decomposing each of the phases in tasks and subtasks so that a visual representation of the project structure is possible (WBS: Work Breakdown Structure). It allows to communicate to each team member the goals and the roles of everyone. Thus, everybody is on the same page.

When a task starts , its actor is notified by workflow and by email with a description of what he has to do and with links to deliverables he has to achieve. These workflows are configurable without development by the project manager.

Document management
Document management allows the storage of all the documents linked to the project: contracts, plans, emails, pictures and so on. Documents are classified as folders and subfolders according to the record classification determined by the project manager.

Users can consult easily the documents thanks to the inline preview and they can edit them in Microsoft Office or Google Docs. As soon as a document is modified, the former version is archived in the versions history which enable to have a complete traceability of the modifications (who modified the document, when, why).

Different views permit the consultation of a document.


To save some time during the creation of a project, it’s possible to create project templates to initialize the schedule and the document library.
Budget
The project management has to keep in mind the budget allocated to his project. For that purpose, he can define the project forecast budget, expenses, incomes and follow the real budget.


Research
One of the most encountered problem for the users is the search of the documents. For that purpose, the research proposes the preview of the documents. This latter allows the search into document’s metadata and into the document’s content (for example, in the text of a contract). The user doesn’t have to know the location of each document he’s searching for.

Activities

The activities follow-up allows to check easily the activity on a project (comments, documents modifications, change of tasks states and so on). 

Project overview
The page project overview displays projects with current tasks, overdue, score, completion, products created, last comment, start and end dates. It allows project managers to track their projects during the review of project. From this page, you can filter your projects and export them in excel.



Monday, March 6, 2017

beCPG launched the new version 2.1 of its PLM software

To build the version 2.1, beCPG considered the feedbacks of its 30 clients (SVA Jean Rozé, Loeul et Piriot, Les Délices du Valplessis, Boncolac, Valrhona, Daunat, etc...) notably by improving its user experience and by including latest innovation in its formulation module for nutritional and ingredients labelling.
It is now easier to develop new products, to pilot R&D projects and to manage regulations such as regulation EU 1169/2011 or the decree n°2016-1137 dealing with the indication of the origins of milk and meats used as ingredients.

beCPG 2.1, what’s new?

Technical aspects

beCPG is now based on a new technical foundation (Alfresco 5.1; Tomcat 7.0.62; Apache SOLR4; Java 8) and takes over MySQL 5.7 et Ubuntu Xenial.

An easier community installation

With a constant will of openness and transparency, this new PLM version is available in Open Source on Source Forge. Handling beCPG 2.1 is still simple as far as a virtual machine is supplied.
Download the virtual machine here.

A new theme

A new theme has been added to improve the user experience and provide a better visibility of the information.


Better critical look on nutritional values

Reference daily intakes (RDI) percentages are now visible in the forms of gauges whose colours are associated to each nutrient. Consequently, it is easier to evaluate the respect or not of RDI.



The new 2016 Ciqual Table is also available. Furthermore, it is possible to compare the nutritional values of your product with the nutritional values of one product of a nutritional database (ex: smocked or cooked variant).


Better whole vision 

The headers of datalists are now fixed which allows you to keep an eye on datalist header while reading data of a long list.



From the « Composition » view, it’s possible to keep a whole vision on the product by using personalized lists. Moreover, all the software’s notifications are centralized in this view.



Finally, it’s possible to know users who are consulting the same product as you thanks to the display of their avatar on the upper page. Several persons can also modify the same product !


Products catalogues, to say goodbye to incomplete or errored products sheets

Different data must be filled on a product according to its recipients (client, factory, etc...), that’s why a products catalogue management module has been developed. This latter allows you to associate rules on properties of products. For example, on the client catalogue some fields must be filled such as the trade name, EAN and GTIN codes, or whether storage conditions, shelf life and much more. When some data are missing, warnings are raised. This allows the reduction of customer returns caused by errors on those data, thus, to save a considerable time. In addition, beCPG added a progress notion. It shows visually the product advancement and it is linked to indications which permit a fast visualization of missing points.
This Product Information Management (PIM) ensures the quality and the wholeness of your product data.


And much more …


  • Establishment of a new action on documents which allows you to become owner;
  • Possibility to restore products from the trash;
  • Automatic alerts on overdue tasks in projects;
  • Improvement of client briefs;
  • Simplification of a site’s members management;
  • Improvement of multi-language and foreign regulations management;
  • Increase of the performances;
  • Etc...
Download community version as of now or ask for a free trial.