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Consumer Products & Retail

Digitalization for the Consumer Products and Retail Industry

Consumer products companies must transform to handle dramatic shifts in the market. Globalization, increased regulatory demands, mobile commerce and changes in consumer behavior are driving consumer products companies to redefine speed-to-market and the required agility of supply chains. Companies can no longer manage complexity without a digital business imperative. Our best practices and software solutions advance the digitalization of consumer products across the enterprise value chain.

Consumer Products & Retail

Digitalization for the Consumer Products and Retail Industry

Consumer products companies must transform to handle dramatic shifts in the market. Globalization, increased regulatory demands, mobile commerce and changes in consumer behavior are driving consumer products companies to redefine speed-to-market and the required agility of supply chains. Companies can no longer manage complexity without a digital business imperative. Our best practices and software solutions advance the digitalization of consumer products across the enterprise value chain.

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Product Data Management for Consumer Packaged Goods

With today’s packaged consumer goods industry more cost-competitive than ever, manufacturers must increase efficiency wherever possible. A lifecycle approach to process and data management is critical for this. Our solution centralizes technical information and keeps it up-to-date and accessible. This creates efficiency gains that will improve how you manage change, execute work processes, drive quality, and connect to external suppliers and customers.

IoT and Lifecycle Analytics

Advanced analyses that cover the entire product lifecycle are essential to giving brand manufacturers visibility and real-time visibility and control of their production processes.
Our solutions combine data available from the Internet of Things (IoT) with analyses performed during the product life cycle, give consumer products companies the necessary agility in their production processes to meet demands for customized products, energy management, sustainability and traceability.

Requirements Management

A successful consumer product arises from a careful analysis of market trends and customer demands. Designers must consider factors such as market regulations, costs, the results of similar products, and the requirements for an efficient and cost-effective production process. It can become quite challenging to manage all of these requirements. 
Our requirements management solution integrates consumer and customer needs throughout the product lifecycle, on a secure and global platform. It enables efficient capture, management, and communication of requirements to everyone involved in development.

Product Cost Management

Achieving target cost is especially important in the consumer goods industry due to fierce competition and tight margins. Our integrated product cost management solution allows customers to identify the best price of a product early in the development process, which could make the difference between success and failure.

Engineering Data Management

Performance footwear is becoming increasingly complex with personalization and embedded technologies.  Performance footwear and sports uniforms are now connected and instruments that measure athlete performance. Companies have to design and validate the performance and safety; while communicating specifications to a supply chain that is more than 10,000 miles away. Our engineering data management solution enables a company to manage all the data for multi-disciplinary design across the full engineering lifecycle including with all partners across the supply chain.

Engineering Data Management

The multi-disciplinary approach to product lifecycle management offered by Siemens PLM Software improves performance and scalability. With intelligent management, sharing, and synchronization of holistic engineering data across domains and functions, food and beverage companies gain a highly efficient and strategic approach to facility design, manufacturing processes, and management of lines and equipment.

Product Design for Beauty, Personal & Home Care

Product design in the Beauty, Personal and Home Care industry now requires a blend of aesthetics and complex functionality to delight consumers and capture their buying dollars. 

Our solution allows mechanical design to be integrated with electrical and software design, enabling a seamless finished product design – a complete digital twin of these complex products. Take advantage of our solution to design more innovative products faster and more efficiently.

Product Design

Deliver better innovation with higher quality and lower cost with comprehensive 3D product design tools.  Home and Office Goods are getting increasing complex to design but must be intuitive to use. Our integrated and intuitive suite of best in class design capabilities can enable your design team to create the right product, on time, the first time.

Product Design for Apparel, Footwear & Accessories

The pace of change in fashion and performance footwear is like no other industry. We have lost the rhythm of seasons as companies launch new fashion weekly. With consumers demanding personalization and most manufacturing done in Asia, the complexity of managing lines, launches and the supply chain is rising exponentially. Our integrated design and manufacturing solution is helping customers find the agility and speed to win in the world of fast fashion.

Package Design for Consumer Goods

Today’s designers of consumer goods packaging face new challenges such as ensuring transparency into environmental compliance, keeping up with faster product cycles, and countering new levels of mechanical stress caused by online commerce and direct shipments to consumers. We offer a fully integrated suite of tools that enables rapid package development, from initial concept to detail package, including full associativity between product and production equipment as well as advanced design and simulation capabilities.

Artwork Development

Footwear and apparel companies are competing in the Fast Fashion world and required to launch products in days. Agility in artwork is a necessity.  Re-use of assets enables agility. Artwork built on a product lifecycle management foundation provides the confidence of data accuracy, asset re-use and the ability to quickly create configurations and even personalized labels or monograms on the fly. Artwork in the footwear, apparel and accessories market is as important to the product design as it is to the package and label.  Agility in artwork is critical in the last mile of delivering personalized product designs in days.

Supply Chain Collaboration

As suppliers take on more responsibility in the creation of your products, a “one size fits all” approach to supplier integration is no longer viable. You must be able to digitally interact with all suppliers, even those who are geographically dispersed and outside your PLM environment.

Our tools and solutions provide a comprehensive approach to managing supplier interactions. They support multiple use cases such as design data exchange, direct materials sourcing and supplier program management.

Manufacturing Process Planning

Changing market demands are forcing the consumer goods industry to produce more efficiently. Companies must optimize the use of their plants and adapt quickly to production lots that are becoming smaller and smaller. These challenges are complicated by high quality standards and increasing regulations. With our solutions, we offer a broad range of tools to streamline your process planning workflows, automate non-value-added planning tasks, and validate the best plan for making products.

Manufacturing Planning

<p>Changing market demands are forcing the Consumer Packaged Goods industry to produce more efficiently. Companies must optimize the use of their plants and adapt quickly to production lots that are becoming smaller and smaller. These challenges are complicated by high quality standards and increasing regulations. With our solutions we offer a broad range of tools to streamline your process planning workflows, automate non-value-added planning tasks, and validate the best plan for making products.</p>

Manufacturing Data Management

Every time you develop a new food product or beauty cream you face the challenges of a market that increasingly demands new, personalized and affordable products. These challenges require that you evaluate the production process early in the product development phase.

Our solution for manufacturing process and data management enables customers to collaboratively create, validate and optimize manufacturing plants concurrently with product design.

Technical Publishing

Publications provided with products must be correct and must comply with regulations. They also need to be personalized to geographic regions or customers. Our solution suite keeps technical publications up-to-date with product changes and allows direct usage of engineering source data. Our integrated document management and publishing solutions synchronize your document development and management processes with product data in your PLM environment.

Package Design for Food & Beverage

Packaging is a brand’s best marketing vehicle, but it also has to perform under daily use. Designers must deal with environmental compliance, faster product cycles due to social media, and new levels of mechanical stress with online commerce on the rise. Our suite of package design and visualization capabilities enables designers to create consumer-preferred packages with structural integrity and the assurance of efficient and effective manufacture worldwide.

Package Design

Packaging is a brand’s best marketing vehicle, but it also has to perform under daily use. Designers must deal with environmental compliance, faster product cycles due to social media, and new levels of mechanical stress with online commerce on the rise. Our suite of package design and visualization capabilities enables designers to create consumer-preferred packages with structural integrity and the assurance of efficient and effective manufacture worldwide.

Formulated Product Design

Customers demand innovative products that are healthy, environmentally friendly and low-priced. This puts tremendous pressure on product development. Reducing time-to-market and improving flexibility and efficiency requires sophisticated formula design, simulation and management capabilities, including management of detailed material characteristics, efficient candidate selection mechanisms and parameterization of quality testing. Combined with a full integration of R&D and manufacturing, our Digital Formulation Solutions will streamline and optimize R&D related processes, for an unrivaled competitive advantage.

Formulated Product Design

Customers demand innovative products that are healthy, environmentally friendly and low-priced. This puts tremendous pressure on product development. Reducing time-to-market and improving flexibility and efficiency requires sophisticated formula design, simulation and management capabilities, including management of detailed material characteristics, efficient candidate selection mechanisms and parameterization of quality testing. Combined with a full integration of R&D and manufacturing, our Digital Formulation Solutions will streamline and optimize R&D related processes, for an unrivaled competitive advantage.

Artwork Development

Artwork is the main communication of brand equity and the critical information needed to inspire purchase. It must be right, compliant and communicate the claims and benefits of the product.  Artwork build on the foundation of a PLM will increase agility and quality,  reduce the risk of recall, and improve the designer’s ability to focus on creative aspects that drive purchase and  loyalty.

Digital Mockup, Virtual & Augmented Reality

In the past, verifying product and packaging functionality before placing a product on the market required a long and expensive process that involved the creation of one or more physical mock-ups. This process is becoming increasingly less possible in a consumer market that requires personalization, innovation and speed. Our digital mockup and design review solutions enable teams across the supply chain to assemble, visualize, and analyze models and detect issues early, before manufacturing.

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