Incorporation of quality and compliance tasks into PLM helps the retailer as well as the supplier to mitigate issues and risk which may arise in the future, thereby leading to financial damages. By creating a single version of truth, RFA organizations might be able to leverage the information which would otherwise be scattered and even hidden or invisible.
To elaborate, let us see how exactly PLM ensures Quality and Compliance:
· It enables incorporating quality and compliance requirements in the product development cycle using bill of materials feature resulting in Techpack having comprehensive info for production.
· It helps in correct interpretation of compliance norms across geographies. For example, packaging requirements for children’s apparel for the U.S. and UK might be different.
· PLM helps to achieve quality consistency as all information from raw material quality to measurement specifications is clearly captured.
· The library feature helps to create and store compliant products/materials and also allows users to replace non-conforming products with substitutes.
· The line plan allows creation of products for multiple markets incorporating the quality and compliance norms specific to a particular country/geography.
While most PLM systems today have recognized the need for quality and compliance to be inter-woven in the product development process for RFA operators, they have somehow overlooked the execution aspect of this important piece. PLM systems address the need for quality and compliance standards to be part of the development process in RFA industry but they lack when it comes to simple logical steps of scheduling audits and tracking the results.
Therefore, any future development in this area will certainly help the RFA industry cope with this urgent need.
Rajnish Kumar is Global Practice Leader at ITC Infotech and has more than 14 years of experience in Manufacturing, Sourcing & Retailing. His responsibilities include leading a team of business process consultants for FLEX PLM that helps organizations in their product development initiatives. His global team works directly with customers in the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industries, to map their current processes and offer future state solutions that drive business strategy goals. Prior to joining ITC Infotech, Kumar worked in Wal-mart’s Global Procurement team as merchandise manager for five years.