“A detailed description of how something should be done, made, etc.”
Cambridge Dictionary- Business English definition
“A clear, detailed plan or description of how something will be made”
Cambridge Dictionary- Business US definition
A specification management solution should centralise, structure, control and connect different data sets/ components that are the building blocks to a finished product. Specifications control a multitude of functions and generate the master data associated with product, packaging and consumer facing content e.g. ingredient/ raw material, product, packaging materials, allergen declarations etc. The solution should provide the following
There are a number of specification management solution providers and packages to choose from, including:
Specification management solutions facilitate the efficient use of data to make better business decisions, mitigate the risk of error through validation check points and provide powerful linking of specification types related to a project.
By implementing a specification solution, pain, risk, excessive time and financial costs associated with these processes are being reduced.
These specialist software solutions enable organisations to view and manage digitised data sets that can be structured in component parts and applied to projects to compose a finished product. These solutions mean that
Gartner defines the market for packaging and product specification content management (PPSCM) as “software applications and services that govern data related to product and packaging from raw materials/ingredients through to finished goods and bills of materials. With these software applications and services, users and organisations can effectively address the challenges of capturing, analysing, utilising, and sharing specification content internally and externally.”
Embedding a specification solution into your business will:
This table summarises the most significant solution providers that can help:
|Solution Provider||Specification Management||Packaging Material Management||Packaging Copy Brief||Artwork Management|
Each solution provider has different strengths, and therefore we would recommend that you
Specification maanagement solutions are designed to incorporate cross functional teams (internal and external) and so 4Pack recommend that you include representatives from each business team in the evaluation process to help select the best solution for their needs and ensure project success.
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Gartner – Market Guide for Product and Packaging Content Specification Management (PPSCM) 2021 (John Blake, Andrew Stevens)