Date: July, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Gabriella Naguib


For over 20 years, GlobalVision has been helping Johnson & Johnson teams globally through the power of automation technology. Enabling automated quality checks throughout their packaging workflows is the backbone that has made this partnership so fruitful and successful. From the Consumer Health division to their internal Medical Device giant Ethicon, the nature of J&J’s regulated products makes the need for error-free packaging components an absolute necessity.

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarita Ranade, Business Process Lead at Ethicon, to discuss how she and her team at Ethicon have benefited since implementing the GlobalVision Web (GVW) software. GVW is one of GlobalVision’s ironclad web-based products, which allows for swift and accurate file inspections throughout the packaging development process. Sarita’s department, Worldwide Labeling, had set out to start bringing some parts of their complex labeling process in-house. With so many moving parts, the need for automation and streamlining became imminent. 

The Challenge: Inefficient and Tedious Manual Review Tasks 

Before GVW, this labeling group within Ethicon, which also extends to parts of J&J’s Depuy Synthes and BioSense Webster divisions, was burdened with the tedious task of manual comparisons between all file revisions. They now benefit mainly from the two core GVW Modules: Text Inspection, a letter for letter comparison between two files within seconds, and Graphics Inspection, allowing them to overlay two documents and highlight all changes detected. Given the complexities of their process, the GVW software offers a level of simplicity when it comes to proofreading: discard intended changes between versions and flag critical or non-intended changes for further investigation. 

When it comes to medical device labeling, each and every word must be carefully considered for any typos, insertions, deletions, location issues, and event fonts and formats must remain compliant. Sarita worked closely with GlobalVision’s Susan Proper to ensure that GVW was the right choice for her team, ensuring that the software detected all changes and that the usability met their needs. Ethicon’s samples were sent over for testing, and the Labeling team underwent a trial period with hands-on training, which ultimately informed their decision to move forward with GVW. Speed, accessibility, and user-friendliness played a significant role as the team found GVW to be fast, easy to navigate, and easily accessible through their web browser.

The Solution: Quicker Inspections and Decades of Trusted Accuracy 

Since going live in February of 2021, the team has noted two major ways in which their workflow has improved: they are able to save considerable amounts of time by running the files for a quick inspection in GVW, and they have acquired somewhat of an insurance, allowing them to focus on pressing day-to-day tasks with peace of mind that their latest working version is free of any potential errors. One of their favorite features is the Zoning tool, which allows you to inspect specific text regions while ignoring the rest of the document. 

This partnership has allowed for decades of successfully streamlined and efficient workflows and has resulted in consistently accurate packaging and labeling, eliminating the risk of content and artwork errors that can otherwise result in detrimental company downfalls. GlobalVision’s trusted line of quality inspection products has proven to be a key component in J&J’s quality mandate, and GlobalVision aims to maintain a strong partnership for years to come as it continues to offer the most cutting-edge innovations in automated quality control technology.  

To learn more about shifting gears from manual to automated quality control and what that could look like for your team, watch our on-demand webinar with Veeva: Solving Pharma’s Content Efficiency Problem.

 

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Date: June, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


Quality is defined as “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.” Yet, while all businesses and companies want to create quality products and services, getting there is no simple task. Like all good things, quality takes time, and once achieved, a great deal of effort needs to be put into maintaining processes that ensure top quality.

When it comes to quality control processes, businesses shouldn’t be afraid of taking simple yet effective shortcuts to help increase and improve their quality. One foolproof solution to this is automation, or the process of creating applications and technologies that produce and deliver goods and services with minimal human intervention. Implementing these advanced technologies is an optimal solution to many problems modern companies face with concerns about their quality control processes. They simplify work processes, but they also increase accuracy and create workflows that are of the utmost quality. After all, who wouldn’t want to create higher quality products and processes while decreasing resources and errors?

Proofreading content and the copy of your documents and products is one workflow that can heavily benefit from automation and software that checks for all file errors. Before you go to market, make sure every aspect of your product is top-notch when it reaches the hands of consumers by the simple implementation of automated quality control software. Instead of tediously looking through files and pages of digital content, let technology do its work and get the job done in minutes.

If you still aren’t convinced by the magic of automation, read on to see how automation can improve the quality control process of almost any business in a wide range of industries and sectors.


Bye, Bye, Bye Errors

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A top priority for businesses in all sectors is to prevent problems and mistakes before they become critical and hard to reverse. When it comes to the content of artwork and files, mistakes shouldn’t be taken lightly. While a small spelling mistake or formatting discrepancy may seem like a minor detail, these tiny errors may lead to severe consequences such as financial setbacks and the risk of tainting brand reputation. Quality control processes that heavily depend on manual checks are prone to higher inaccuracies and errors, which makes most businesses, who do not want to risk product errors, opt for technological solutions that help streamline their workflows and increase efficiency and accuracy.

Investing in document comparison software is a quick and straightforward way to ensure no errors are slipping through in the production processes and can give businesses complete confidence that they are sending perfect products out to market. With this innovative technology, not only will you improve the speed and accuracy of your quality control processes, you will be able to run holistic scans of any document in seconds. The scans will yield a complete report and rundown of all differences found between the original and sample copy allowing you to make the necessary adjustments and corrections for a perfectly perfect product.

Verification Station   

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When we say automated quality control can benefit businesses in almost any (if not all) sectors – we mean it.

GlobalVision’s automated quality control is an equal opportunity verification tool that inspects copy, content, and files of all kind. It works by comparing two files, a sample and a master copy, to find all discrepancies between the two. A simple digital scan will reveal and pinpoint all differences allowing you to make adjustments and corrections accordingly. The result is perfect copy and products every time.

While content varies depending on the industry, the file comparison software runs holistic scans of files, finding all discrepancies (no matter how small) between the two in seconds. What would manually take a minimum of hours to complete, GlobalVision’s innovative inspection software completes in seconds to minutes. Whether you need to inspect text, graphics, barcodes, braille, print, or color, the software runs holistic scans and catches all errors.

Streamline and Optimize 

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With digitalization becoming more prevalent in every aspect of our daily lives, businesses are taking note. They need to turn to technology and automation to stay afloat to keep up and prevent falling behind market competitors. They need to make the best of the software available to ensure that they implement and use the best practices in their workflows. This way, they will be able to streamline and optimize processes and stay profitable while thriving in today’s very competitive and tumultuous market.

Innovative technology such as a file comparison tool allows businesses to proofread and check content, artwork, and copy with utmost precision. An optimal solution for your proofreading woes, the software will:

  • Eliminate errors, no matter how small

  • Increase accuracy

  • Increase production times

  • Increase productivity and efficiency of workflows

Overall, GlobalVision’s quality control allows for the absolute optimization of proofreading processes by tackling proofreading holistically and finding all discrepancies simultaneously instead of isolating individual errors.

Welcome to the Digital Era 

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Globally, corporations are constantly looking for new ways to adapt to innovations and advancements in technology. They know that embracing the digital era is the key to keeping productivity high and staying profitable. Many corporations even have dedicated development teams that ensure that they are staying ahead of the curb and prepared for any new changes that may come their way. They are always searching for new software and innovations that will enhance their current production while minimizing costs and efforts.

For proofreading and quality control, automation is the only way to go.

This technological advancement runs side-by-side comparisons of two files (the original and a sample file) to identify discrepancies. Instead of sifting and scanning through piles of documents manually, trying to find every mistake that might be hidden between the lines, the software does it for you in a fraction of the time. If you aren’t convinced, please note that current comparison software technology can compare documents at 1000 characters per second. Now think, how long do your manual inspections take? Overall, not only will automated quality control solutions complete your proofreading tasks faster, they will also complete them with a higher degree of accuracy and ensure the highest degree of quality. I think we rest our case.

Working Workflows 

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For businesses to stay relevant in these challenging economic times and unpredictable markets, they have to make adequate adjustments that will allow them to stay competitive. One way to do this is through digitalization and automation of workflows. Automated quality control, such as file comparison technology, is the ultimate solution for modern companies looking for innovative ways to stay up-to-date and competitive.

When it comes to proofreading artwork and content, this innovative technology allows businesses to run faster and more streamlined inspections while simultaneously increasing efficiency by creating workflows that produce more content more quickly while maintaining and even heightening its quality. GlobalVision’s file comparison software can be directly integrated into any artwork management system and allows companies to find all errors, no matter how small, as soon as they occur. Whether you are proofreading in the early stages of revision or the final stages, you can make sure your products are 100% error-free when they go out to market with the precision and accuracy of file comparison technology.

Get Ready to Automate 

Businesses need to think towards the future to ensure that their workflows and processes are up to date and can withstand any changes that come their way.

The simple addition of an automated quality control and document comparison software to your business’s work processes is a small step that will ultimately result in colossal advantages to company productivity and profitability. From the ease of work to increased accuracy and optimization, introducing a file comparison tool into your everyday practices is a corporate no-brainer.

Want to infinitely improve your proofreading processes and automate your quality control processes? Learn more about the benefits of a file comparison tool and request a demo of GlobalVision here.

Date: June, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Julie Meredith


Proofreading critical content accurately and at scale is a major concern in the Enterprise Pharma and life sciences industry though, currently, content and documentation checks are still mainly done manually. This is otherwise extremely tedious, time-consuming, and with a high margin for human error.

Veeva, the leader in cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry, and a Veeva Technology partner, GlobalVision, together have found an answer to this problem— an end-to-end solution for regulated industries to scale the creation, review, and distribution of highly critical content.

After becoming a technology alliance partner, GlobalVision advances to the Silver Certified level of Veeva’s Technology Partner Program. This is an exclusive partner tier reserved for companies who have proven, validated, and certified their Veeva integrated solutions, and have demonstrated an overall strong dedication to partnering for the benefit of mutual customers.

This partnership is exclusively reserved for companies that have validated and certified Veeva-integrated solutions. The collaboration gives customers full confidence in the leading services they are receiving, as they can explore and trust the integrated solutions offered through this Silver status partnership.  

Solving the Pharma Industry’s Content Efficiency Problem

The regulatory process in Enterprise Pharma and the life sciences industry as a whole is complicated, long, and with a high margin for human error.

With Verify, GlobalVision’s cloud-based inspection application, integrated with Veeva Vault PromoMats and Veeva Vault RIM, users can speed up revision quality checks while ensuring any errors are quickly found. Any gaps and issues that may arise in the revision and inspection process are now solved as efficiency is increased in the regulatory workflow. 

Compare and verify multiple versions of documents with GlobalVision-powered inspections that fit seamlessly into existing workflows. Securely transfer files and data from Veeva Vault to Verify, allowing users to perform fast and accurate inspections that detect text and artwork errors without having to download documents. Reviewers can also evaluate results and prepare annotated PDFs to transfer back to Veeva Vault.

Through the use of GlobalVision’s integration with Veeva Vault, this partnership accelerates the document development and approval process tenfold and ensures only the highest quality content.

 

Key Benefits at a Glance

  • Reduce the overall number of revisions and minimize cycle time with improved comparisons.
  • Run automatic inspections between different revisions or new layouts.
  • Easily communicate the necessary changes directly to other team members and departments.
  • Fill in the gaps in MLR, DAM, and RIM to reduce the chance of errors being created with every change or handoff.

To find out more about this Silver Status partnership and the benefits it can bring to your Enterprise Pharma and life sciences organization, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Veeva.

Date: May, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


They say never judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest, we always do. The way something appears to us initially impacts our feelings towards it drastically, and it’s no different when it comes to product packaging.

While packaging doesn’t necessarily determine the quality of a product, we’ve all made purchasing decisions based on the packaging of an item and continue to do so regularly. Maybe the colors caught your eye, or the minimal design and typography looked too cool to pass on. If we’re really being honest with ourselves, we can fully admit that many of our aimless purchases resulted from really good packaging and branding. It’s no surprise then that manufacturers and businesses spend billions of dollars a year to make sure that their packaging stands out on the shelves, making unsuspected consumers naturally gravitate towards them.

Many steps go into creating a great product. Along with great branding, design, and marketing, one of the critical components of a sellable product is, in fact, its packaging. Since so many components go into packaging and production, it’s nice to get some help along the way to ensure the accuracy and consistency of your product. Thankfully, automated quality control is a one-stop, all-encompassing solution that allows you to do just that! This modern technological advancement will enable you to find discrepancies in text, artwork, graphics, barcodes, and more in seconds simply by overlaying two files (a master and a sample copy) to locate all the differences between the two. With the utmost accuracy and lighting fast results, this simple yet practical addition to production processes will improve your packaging game tenfold.

At the end of the day, when you’re faced with aisles filled with competing products, you’re most likely to choose the one that looks that much better than the rest. That’s why don’t overlook the importance of excellent packaging and check out our eight ways in which automated quality control can improve it!

1. Check, Check, Check  

Picture this. You’re browsing the aisles of the health and beauty section and pick up a bottle of shampoo that promises it will help with hair loss. You turn it around to read more about the product and notice a couple of spelling mistakes on the packaging. You think, “how can I trust a product will get the job done right if it can’t even run a spell check?” With so many automated solutions and spell check platforms on the market, spelling mistakes on packaging are inexcusable. Not only does it cheapen a product, but it also makes it less reliable. If the manufacturer was that reluctant to properly invest in checking the spelling of its own product, it makes one think that the product itself was created equally – hastily and without much thought or care.

Automated quality control runs thorough and extensive spell checks (in many languages to boot) of your copy to ensure that this mistake never happens. What’s more, GlobalVision’s Text Inspection works by running a character to character comparison to inspect each Unicode value and can detect up to 18 types of text errors such as missing punctuation, font and color errors, inserted or deleted words, and more. It takes spell checks to a whole new level.

2. Proper Placement 

When creating packaging, placement is key. Where you decide to put your text and graphics is more important than one might think. Sometimes, it can become a quadratic equation just trying to figure out how to place all the necessary information on your packaging without it becoming too crowded or it damaging the integrity of the product itself.

Formatting issues and even slight formatting deviations can cause critical packaging problems. When artwork goes through several corrections, reviews, and prints, placement and formatting can likely be skewed, and the packaging can be compromised. These changes may be slight and difficult to see with the naked eye, yet, automated quality control systems find these deviations in seconds and ensure that your packaging is the way you intended it to be when the final artwork was approved for publishing.

3. Never Forget Your Barcodes

Speaking of placement, don’t overlook your barcodes! Where you choose to place a barcode on packaging is of critical importance as improper placement can lead to barcodes that cannot be scanned as they have been cut off, creased, or overlaid on other graphic elements.

If a barcode can’t be scanned on a product, its entire integrity becomes compromised and can lead to disastrous recalls and financial setbacks. To prevent your barcodes from causing severe problems in your manufacturing and production processes, GlobalVision’s automated quality control checks explicitly for barcodes in numerous ways to ensure their accuracy. The software will check for placement, but it will also inspect the barcode itself and grade its overall quality by inspecting its individual parameters. What’s left is the utmost reassurance in your barcode and packaging. Now, you can confidently send out your packaged products to suppliers everywhere to reach the hands of consumers anywhere.

4. United Colors 

Imagine your products on the shelves of retailers, neatly stacked and arranged. Yet, something is off. The products slightly differentiate from each other in that the color of the packaging is not unified. One bottle is somewhat less vibrant than the other, a little less blue, a little more pale.

These color deviations, especially when slight, are challenging to catch, and implementing an automated quality control system is an almost necessary resource in production processes to catch these errors before they make it to market. Digitally, color tones and shades are easy to pinpoint, yet slight discrepancies will likely go unnoticed manually. That is, until the artwork is printed and a side-by-side comparison can be done to reveal the mishap. With GlobalVision’s color inspection, you can confirm color with pinpoint precision, find the perfect shade, and verify color accuracy anywhere on the actual artwork. You can also measure individual color space values and inspect the same point on all repeats to ensure that your packaging is always tip-top and perfect.

5. Printer Defects are Real 

Just because artwork has been finalized, approved, and printed doesn’t mean it’s completely error-free. But before you begin to panic, be sure that automated quality control is the solution to all these problems as well.

Printer defects can lead to errors being introduced after artwork has been printed. These defects can include text breaks, missing letters or words, deviations in graphics, barcodes, color, and much more. On the bright side, automated quality control catches all of these errors through file comparison technology that digitally proofreads content by running side-by-side comparisons of two files to find errors and discrepancies between them.

6. Ensure High-Quality Packaging

As previously mentioned, errors on packaging, whether they be spelling mistakes, formatting issues, or color deviations, all cheapen a product and can make them appear unreliable in the eyes of consumers. After all, how can a consumer trust that a product will meet expectations and fulfill promises if the company didn’t take the time to ensure the accuracy and quality of its packaging?

Automated quality control inspects artwork files as a whole and will look through every aspect of your file down to the pixel. This means that it will find all differences and discrepancies between files, no matter how small, and ensure that even the most minor errors aren’t slipping through. In one inspection, the software will be able to detect errors and discrepancies in spelling, punctuation, text breaks, graphics, formatting, color deviations, and much, much more. The end result will always be perfect packaging of the highest quality, so you don’t have to worry about putting inadequate packaging out to market.

7. Good Graphics 

Along with good spelling and grammar, a very important aspect of packaging is the graphics and their placement on the artwork and product itself. When creating a design for your packaging, you need to consider the product and its shape and dimensions to properly create accompanying artwork that will look good on the packaging.

GlobalVision’s Measurement Tools gives users access to Rectangle and Line options when running a graphics inspection. By clicking and dragging the mouse on the file after selecting, the user draws either a rectangle or line, with units displayed in either inches, millimeters, or pixels. This allows the user to measure the size of graphic elements in the loaded file.

Using automated quality control systems, you will be able to use measurement tools that will give you exact numbers as to the size of graphics and font in relation to other aspects of your artwork. This will allow for precise measurements and proper placement of graphics on artwork and, therefore, the packaging and product.

8. Get into the Groove 

And then there were eight! So, why is quality control and inspection necessary? Besides the seven solid reasons mentioned above, automated quality control systems allow businesses to build a functioning inspection process that allows faster creation and production of accurate and quality packaging. Through these automated inspection methods, you will be able to speed up your document inspections and reach a smooth and effortless groove that will have you consistently creating high-quality packaging that is error-free and perfect in every single way!

Ready to start creating perfect packaging? Request a demo of GlobalVision here and heighten your packaging production processes today.

Date: May, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


The great resignation is no joke. Just as the pandemic has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, it has also changed how we view work, and maybe for good.

The last year has seen millions of people quitting their jobs globally with no clear explanation as to why. While theories range drastically, in the midst of economic and market uncertainty, it seems as though now was a better time than any for people to leave their jobs. Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain – it’s currently an employee’s market. Many companies all across the globe are scrambling with staff shortages and are struggling to find new hires to fill open positions. Technical, experienced workers seem to be becoming scarce resources, and companies are trying hard to keep their employees satisfied to avoid any gaps they might experience should they decide to leave. Other companies are turning more towards technology to help fill the void.

With every technological revolution, there were talks that technology would take the place of human labor. From the industrial revolution in the 19th century to the most recent digital revolution of the last 50 years, new technology was introduced to help improve the way we work and live and has eased many processes that once took ages to complete. While it’s true that these new advancements make manual work mundane in some instances, they also open up new industries, sectors, and jobs that make up for lost labor. In other cases, these technological advancements have helped streamline many different workflows across all sectors and have made specific jobs unnecessary. In the 21st century, it just doesn’t make sense to do some jobs manually when technology was created to complete those tasks accurately, in a fraction of the time. For example, you wouldn’t hire a mathematician to solve equations for you all day when a computer can do it in seconds. But don’t worry about a robot apocalypse just yet. Humans are still very much needed in the workforce as recent labor shortages and its subsequent downfalls have come to show.

Still, if the most recent technological revolution has taught us anything, it’s that technology can help solve many of the daily problems we face today and, in many instances, could also be the better option. Employment is no exception, as industrial automation might be the answer to overcoming labor shortages globally.


Manual or Automated Quality Control? 

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Think about the last time you had to proofread a document manually. What resources did you need? How much time did it take? Did you need help? The answer to most, if not all of these questions, is probably – a lot! When we manually proofread documents, it’s hardly ever an easy task. Firstly, most of us rely on one or more platforms to perform spell and grammar checks. Then, we read through the copy to ensure no mistakes slipped through, check if the formatting is correct and if the flow is okay. Once we’re happy with the copy, as a final step and in good proofreading practice, we would send it over to a friend or colleague for a final overview. These steps take a substantial amount of time to finish as properly proofreading a document can take hours depending on content length.

On the other hand, there’s automated quality control. This file comparison technology works by running a character to character comparison to inspect each Unicode value. It can detect up to 18 types of text errors such as missing punctuation, font and color errors, inserted or deleted words, and more. Essentially, not only does it complete everything a manual check does, automation improves the quality of the inspection by also finding discrepancies that are difficult to find manually. These discrepancies include color deviations, broken text, graphics, and more. Oh, and did we mention that automation inspections are completed within a matter of seconds? We rest our case.

Back to Basics 

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Now, we can get down to business knowing the fundamental differences between manual and automated quality control. From a professional standpoint, most companies’ highest priority is to produce more for less or increase profits while decreasing spending. In a market with a labor shortage, turning to automated solutions is probably the perfect answer to fill in those gaps.

As previously addressed, manual checks take up large amounts of company resources. From a team of proofreaders to various platforms and excessive amounts of time, all of these resources are incredibly costly and, in most cases, unnecessary when software exists to streamline these processes. A file comparison tool brings things back to the very basics—the essentials. As the software can seamlessly be incorporated into all workflows and is extremely easy to use, it can bring proofreading down to just one employee and the software – working together in perfect harmony to get the job done right! As the software completes tasks in record time with increased accuracy, there would most likely not be a need for large teams to overlook the proofing of content. In workplaces where staffing issues are occurring, automated quality control can also help make everyday tasks easier for existing employees, allowing them to finish their work more efficiently and relieving them of the stress of an increased workload.

Employee Retention

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Labor shortages aren’t the only problem facing the job market currently. Companies also have to deal with post-pandemic economic uncertainty, inflation, and a disruption in supply chains. This leads to businesses making more conscience business decisions to help them stay afloat. While some companies may start cutting employee benefits as a method to save money, they should twice. Instead of taking away from their most precious assets, companies should instead look at increasing efficiency and easing the everyday tasks of employees to retain their talent.

In an employee’s market, it’s hard enough to find quality talent, but even if you do, the cost of hiring a new employee versus retaining current staff is enormous. In fact, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that, on average, it costs a company 6 to 9 months of an employee’s salary to replace them. Thankfully, automating your work processes is the key to solving all of these problems and can positively impact employees and companies alike.

For starters, quality control systems speed up all proofing processes from content production to publishing. Current comparison software technology can compare documents at rates of 1000 characters per second. In contrast, the average reading speed is 200 to 250 words a minute, and the average person in business reads no faster than people did 100 years ago. This fact alone shows the immense benefits of automation to the workplace and employees themselves. No one wants to spend their time doing mundane tasks that software can do more efficiently. What’s more, time spent to complete tasks is money being spent. Spending money on obsolete and outdated practices is money that can otherwise be spent on improving employee satisfaction, workplace benefits, and can help retain the quality employees you already have.

While some businesses might only see how automation can affect their company’s production and overall efficiency, implementing an automated quality control system is a one-stop shop for all businesses. Not only will it help company profits and processes, but it will also immensely help employees themselves, allowing them to do their job better and more quickly. So, how does automation affect the workforce? Maybe the solution lies in taking the extra step to set up proper workflows that also benefit your existing employees and talent.

What’s the Solution?

While there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution to a problem, the key to overcoming the big labor shortage could be found in implementing automated systems in your organization. Not only will the company benefit from automation through increased profits and efficiency, but employees will also directly benefit by completing tasks with the utmost ease. Need we say more?

Ready to stay ahead of workforce changes and implement solutions that work? Learn more about automated quality control systems and their endless benefits by requesting a demo of GlobalVision here.

Date: April, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


Most, if not all, companies have one thing in common: they want to be successful. And while the road to success might look different from company to company, there is an underlying factor that can be easily tracked and quantified that shows how a company is performing; results.

There are several ways to measure success and results in a corporate environment but most of the time, it comes down to time and money. Are employees performing the appropriate tasks? Are deadlines being met? Are company expenditures within their limits? How can all of this be improved? The answer to all of these questions can be found at the source, which is efficiency at the workplace. When businesses really nail down properly functioning workflows and streamline their everyday processes, everything else simply comes together. Major improvements will be evident in no time, and your goals checklist, results board, and success tracker will be a magnificent sight to see—a masterpiece.

To improve workplace efficiency, most businesses turn to technology to help expedite processes, allowing employees to work smarter, not harder, and ultimately producing more within a shorter period. Implementing new methods of work that aid day-to-day tasks are also crucial as efficiency should be improved on a daily level. After all, doesn’t everyone want their everyday tasks to be that much easier to complete?

A task we could all use some help with is document management. Most, if not all of us, have had at least one traumatic experience trying to keep track of endless documents, sifting through folders or piles of paper, trying to find that one document we are looking for. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then, and software was created to help organize our neverending mass of documentation. What was once a tedious and manual administrational task can now be completed within seconds with a document management system. Instead of having to strain your eyes on endless white sheets and pick apart your brain, these digital systems file work by receiving, tracking, managing, and storing documents on a digital platform, drastically reducing paper and clutter. Today, most platforms have evolved immensely, allowing you to store large amounts of data and easily share it amongst peers and coworkers. You can track documents as they are being created and see if deadlines are being met and tasks are being completed.

Whatever your document needs may be, it’s only a search away and on your screen in a matter of seconds using a document management software. What a time to be alive!


Low Cost, High Return

As the world continues to digitalize, we are continuously creating more data daily. Think about it. On a typical workday, how many new documents do you create? Now imagine if all of that documentation was created on paper?

While paper documentation in some cases is necessary, for instances when it is not, it’s often costly and wasteful. Whatever the industry, most people have moved on and are creating or viewing digital content on some sort of screen. All of that data needs to be stored somewhere! This is where document management systems really shine. Not only do they reduce the need for paper and costly resources, but they also centralize documentation into one single hub making it readily available to all those who need access to it. In seconds, documentation can be searched and viewed on any device allowing for a faster flow of information. This leads to tasks being completed faster and without unnecessary complications or distractions. What’s more, most enterprise document management software do not cost more than a couple of dollars per user. A small price to pay for the endless benefits it will bring to employees and the business as a whole.
By implementing a document management software, not only will you be able to cut down on company resources, but you will also be able to finish tasks in a fraction of the time, ultimately leading to increased savings and profits. Companies can streamline workflows and reduce unnecessary costs on work methods that do not work in today’s digital climate. Through the simple addition of a document management system, businesses can expect to see significant improvements in employee productivity and ultimately see management costs decrease while upholding or even enhancing the quality of work.


Locked and Secured

The whole concept of a document management system is to manage and store large amounts of data. To do this, you must upload all of your documents onto a platform for it to do its magic. This brings into question data safety and security. Being a huge topic of discussion in the last couple of years, there is growing concern amongst the public over the safety of their data and its use.

While every platform has its own method of securing data, they all adhere to the best business practices and ensure that they are ISO certified and meet global compliance criteria. Through a quick search, you will find extensive documentation and downloadable brochures on compliance, privacy, and security that detail all the ways your data is secured once uploaded onto a platform. In many ways, a document management software can improve your privacy and security. These platforms are required to provide evidence as to how they are secure and keep documentation under control. Suppose this documentation isn’t provided or a breach in security occurs. In that case, this will most likely lead to hefty fines, loss of business, and irreversible damage to a brand’s image and reputation.


Efficiency is Priority 

They say time is money, so many businesses’ primary concern is to decrease production times while increasing profits. A foolproof way to do this is by implementing new technologies that will replace obsolete practices that otherwise do not lead to improved performance results. In fact, it’s well known that businesses must turn to technological advancements to stay relevant in today’s competitive global market.

In recent years, especially through the pandemic, many saw their workplaces shift to remote or home offices, making them heavily reliant and even dependent on technology that would keep them connected to their colleagues. Since face-to-face wasn’t an option anymore, different platforms had to be introduced that eased digital collaboration between coworkers while also tracking tasks as they were being created and completed. With so many documents that needed to be shared and stored, companies looked for the best way to manage documents while cutting down on resources and allowing for efficient workflows.

A document management system is a single platform that brings endless benefits to the end-user. It allows companies to have a centralized hub of all of their information and documentation that is easily accessible by everyone, any time, anywhere. Whatever document or information is needed, one can simply search for it on the platform and retrieve it in seconds. This allows for workflows without significant disruptions and reduces the time required to communicate information between peers and teams.


You Got This

One of the best parts of a document management system is that you are probably already using one. Whether personally or professionally, many of us use online clouds to store the mounds of content we create. From pictures of our kids, pets, or food to the important sales presentations and monthly spreadsheets we create, they are all probably stored on an online database for our convenience and future viewing pleasure. A list of some document management systems include:

  • PowerDMS
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Kofax Power PDF
  • Google Drive
  • Confluence
  • Evernote
  • Apple iCloud

If you are not using several of these systems, you are probably using one. For whatever its use, you most likely already understand how beneficial they are to your everyday life and how much they help organize and store your precious documents while making them easily accessible and shared amongst others.


Conclusion 

With so many available, it may be difficult to choose the best document management system for your business. One thing, however, is sure. Whichever one you decide to use, you can be sure that it will help manage, store, and organize your documentation while making online collaboration a breeze for all employees. From financial benefits to increased efficiency that leads to results, the practicality of a document management system cannot be overlooked. With the growing modernization of our everyday lives and the ever-growing amount of content being produced, these systems are vital to ensure the proper workflow of any business wishing to stay competitive in this modern and digital era.

Five Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Date: March, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


Turning to digital tools is essential in any modern-day business. It allows companies to stay on top of new trends and competition while also allowing for increased productivity and efficiency in workflows. As technology continues to develop and advance, almost every aspect of our daily lives is becoming infiltrated by the increased digitization of modern-day life. Today, it’s unthinkable to imagine a world without innovations in technology that didn’t exist only a few decades ago.   

As we become more dependent on technology, businesses should take note. Digital transformation is essential for any business that wants to remain relevant and competitive in the market. Automating workflows and processes is the only way to keep up with demand, and relying on outdated technology and methods will not help drive profitability or success in any business, regardless of its field of work. 

Taking an “old school” approach and manually checking your content is an option when dealing with your proofreading processes. But why stick to old habits when moving on feels so much better? Software was created for all of your needs. All you have to do is embrace it! Instead of manually looking over copy and content, wouldn’t it be great if software could scan documents and find all errors that need to be corrected? 

It exists, and it’s called a file comparison tool

It works by overlaying two files to find the discrepancies between the two. No matter how minor the errors or differences may be, the software will detect them and pinpoint their exact locations. Sounds easy? That’s because it is. 

While we can go on and on about why adding a file comparison tool will bring endless benefits to your business practices, we brought it down to the top five. That’s right, the ultimate reasons why your business should stop doing manual checks and update to a document comparison software. Software that will give you an unbeatable edge and market advantage in any and all competitive industries.


  • Equal Opportunity Verification 

Automated proofreading software for all documents and content. 

What content does your business need proofread? What industry do you work in? 

No matter the answer, GlobalVision’s file comparison tool can inspect it for you. Content and copy can range drastically from industry to industry as messaging and branding varies according to key demographics and target audiences. Regardless, our file comparison software will run holistic scans of your documents, finding all errors and discrepancies between the two in mere seconds. What would take hours, days, or even weeks for a manual inspection to accomplish, GlobalVision finishes in a fraction of the time. From text to graphics, barcodes, braille, print, and colour, a file comparison software verifies it all! To further simplify processes, there is also no need to convert different files to fit a certain format. Various formats of the same file can be uploaded and scanned just the same. All you have to worry about is making adequate adjustments to your file to ensure absolute perfection within your content and copy.  


  • Errors? We Don’t Know Her.

Create perfect, error-free content in record time.

For most businesses, preventing inconvenient mistakes from occurring is a top priority. Content and copy errors are no exception. What may seem like a minor, unnoticeable mistake could result in major problems for many businesses and corporations. Since manual checks are prone to errors and inaccuracies, opting for technological solutions that help streamline and increase accuracy in workflows is essential for any modern-day company.

To ensure the complete accuracy of your content, investing in a document comparison software is vital. With a file comparison tool, you will improve the speed and accuracy of your quality processes by checking content as it moves through the workflow. Just run a quick holistic scan of your documents, and in just a matter of seconds, you will have a complete rundown of all the differences found, allowing you to make corrections regardless of the stage of production or revision. 

The final product? Perfect in every single way. 


  • Work Processes that Work

Fully integrated software that elevates business workflows and processes.

Bring your proofreading processes into the digital era by upgrading to automated quality control. Technology such as a file comparison tool is proofreading for modern and contemporary businesses that want to stay up-to-date and competitive. Not only does it allow you to run faster and more streamlined inspections, but it also increases efficiency by allowing you to create content quickly while still maintaining its quality. 

File comparison software directly integrates into artwork management systems and allows businesses to catch errors as soon as they occur, even in the early stages of revision. For perspective, current comparison software technology can compare documents at rates of 1000 characters per second, while manual inspections will take infinitely longer. 

GlobalVision’s file compare tools also integrate holistic content inspections with the rest of your business’s workflows, allowing users to share or print reports for approval, further simplifying the revision process, and ultimately creating extremely streamlined workflows that just, work. 


  • Optimization Station

Don’t risk falling behind. Optimize your business to ensure success. 

Make the best or most effective use of the innovative resources available on the market to ensure that your business stays profitable and successful. A file comparison tool allows you to proofread all of your content with complete precision. This optimal solution in content verification allows businesses to eliminate errors in documents, artwork, labels, and packaging by comparing your sample to an approved file before going to production. It allows for the absolute optimization of proofreading processes by isolating areas of your file that you want to check for accurate and efficient quality inspections.

In recent years, turning to this form of software has been essential for companies as digital transformation has been crucial in business enhancement. Globally, businesses are realizing the dangers of falling behind other more digitized competitors and are therefore actively looking to upgrade outdated or mundane processes and systems that aren’t fit for modern-day lifestyles and market demand. 


  • Back to the FutureFive Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Modernizing your business is key to staying competitive on the market. 

Businesses worldwide are continuously being compelled to adapt to the “new normal” of digitally-driven workflows and practices. As such, they are always on the lookout for the “next best thing” or the newest innovation in technology that will allow them to enhance their current efforts and bring them to the next era of modernization and digitization. 

When it comes to proofreading content, Document Comparison Software is the next best thing. 

A technological advancement that automatically runs side-by-side comparisons of two files to identify any differences between them, this tool will undeniably elevate proofreading tasks in any business regardless of industry, product, or service. Instead of scanning through documents manually, painstakingly looking over every minuscule detail, the software will do all the work for you. Not only will it complete these tasks a lot faster, but it will also complete them with a higher degree of accuracy. An obvious win-win business partnership if you ask us. 


Need we say More? 

The benefits of switching to a file comparison tool as a primary method for your proofreading processes are countless. To keep up with modern-day trends and demands, switching to new, digitized methods is essential to ensure the future success of any business.  

Making the switch to automated quality control and adding a document comparison software to your organization’s digital resources is a small step that will ultimately result in enormous advantages. From the ease of work to enhanced accuracy, optimization, and modernization of work processes, there is no reason not to introduce a file comparison tool into your everyday practices. 

To gain and maintain a competitive edge during these increasingly digital times, investing in modernization through software and technology could be a significant make-or-break moment for businesses. Investing in technologies as well as in the business transformations that follow, will remain a critical component of market success not only for today, but for years to come. 

Want to enter into the future of proofreading? Learn more about the benefits of a file comparison tool and request a demo of GlobalVision here.

The Importance of a File Comparison Tool for Businesses

Date: March, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


What location, location, location is to property, content, content, content is to most product and service-based companies. Without well-constructed copy and content, how can businesses be sure that the information and messages they want to project are being heard loud and clear? 

To put things into perspective it is said that we create  2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day at our current pace, with that number increasing exponentially. It’s also worth noting that over the last two years alone, 90 percent of the world’s data was generated. 

Now, that’s a lot of content. 

You’re probably thinking, “why not create more content to keep up?” but it’s not that simple. Firstly, the production of content is not always an easy task. Normally, it’s time-consuming and many steps need to be taken to ensure that the content is error-free and proofread to perfection. Even the smallest mistake slipping through can have potentially irreversible effects on a brand. Its reputation can be put at stake while production costs and supply chains can be heavily affected, resulting in the potential loss of profits and customers.

To make matters even worse, in today’s modern and fast-paced business climate, most companies need to mass-produce products and content to keep up with trends and competition – making sure they are always one step ahead. They need to ensure that all of these processes are being done more efficiently, all the while maintaining the quality of their content. 

Yes, content is everything but simple. 

Thankfully, with every problem comes an accompanying solution. In this case, Document Comparison Software – a tool that allows you to run automated side-by-side comparisons of two files to identify discrepancies and errors with complete ease. Eliminating several steps typically needed to create, proofread, and publish content, this one software will simplify, optimize and upgrade your workflows while allowing you to create mountains of quality content free from any and all mistakes.


Better, Faster, Stronger The Importance of a File Comparison Tool for Businesses

Streamlining workflows to simplify or eliminate unnecessary work-related tasks

One of the biggest advantages of a file comparison tool for businesses is that it allows you to streamline your workflows. What was once unthinkable through manual inspections is now very much a reality thanks to technological advancements in automated quality control.

In its essence, the file comparison tool works by overlaying two files to find the discrepancies between the two. No matter how small the errors or discrepancies may be, the software will detect them, pinpoint their exact locations, and generate a comprehensive inspection report that will allow you to review and navigate through all found differences. The best part? There’s no need to worry about different files or formats as you’re not required to convert files to certain formats for the software to do its magic. Just upload both documents to the platform, conduct a scan, and that’s it. You’re done! Your content is now proofread and verified with 100% accuracy in the fraction of the time needed for a typical manual content check.

What’s more, GlobalVision’s cloud-based proofreading software, Verify, takes simplicity to the next level and allows you to conduct inspections completely online. No need for complicated applications or setups, this cloud-based tool just needs your good ol’ wifi password to help you get your proofreading tasks done lightning fast with laser precision.

You see, we weren’t lying when we said this streamlines your workflows.


Is This the Right Tool for My Business?The Importance of a File Comparison Tool for Businesses

How can my business benefit from a file comparison tool?

Is your business producing any form of written or graphic content? Most likely, it is, in which case you can definitely benefit from a file comparison tool. 

Globalvision’s automated proofreading solutions were created with all content in mind but we understand that some industries are more sensitive to mistakes than others. 

This is why the following industries can massively benefit from a file comparison tool: 

  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Print and Packaging
  • Prepress 
  • Consumer Goods
  • Marketing and Creative Agencies 
  • Regulatory Affairs 
  • Incoming QA     

Also, through the document comparison software, not only will you be able to proofread through written text, but you will also be able to find errors and discrepancies in graphics, barcodes, braille, and print. Finding discrepancies in non-written content and artwork is extremely difficult to do manually, and using software that will streamline these processes in record time is essential for all businesses, especially those dealing with sensitive copy, documentation, and content such as legal documents, pharmaceuticals, beauty products, food, and other consumer goods. 


Work Smart, Not HardThe Importance of a File Comparison Tool for Businesses

Completely optimize your business through modern-day technology and software 

The key to greater productivity and better results is to work smarter, not harder – an essential approach in improving performance in any business. Working smarter helps you increase focus and work more efficiently on your tasks and responsibilities. This form of optimization at the workplace can only be achieved if your business is continuously updating and improving its methods of work to keep up with current demands. 

One of the simplest ways to increase workplace optimization is to implement new technologies into your processes that enable you to get the job done faster, all the while maintaining accuracy and quality. GlobalVision’s file comparison software allows you to do just that by comparing a sample to an approved file, finding all errors before content goes out to print and production. Not only will it speed up proofreading times, but it will also optimize the entire content creation process as it makes editing content easier. The software can be implemented in all stages of the workflow and ensure that you are creating truly error-free content before it goes to market


What Kind of Content Can be Inspected?

Isn’t proofreading only for text?The Importance of a File Comparison Tool for Businesses

Proofreading content does not only require you to make sure that your spelling and punctuation are correct. Most businesses produce more complicated files and documents that need to be verified wholistically. This means they need to ensure that every aspect of their files are free from discrepancies, down to the pixel. 

The file comparison tool can detect errors in the following features:

  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Text breaks 
  • Graphics
  • Barcode
  • Braille
  • Print
  • Colour 
  • Positioning and formatting

Did a printer error cause some text breaks in the headline of your brochure? Is your barcode missing a line? Did the positioning of your logo change when the graphic file was printed? All of these discrepancies will be detected when the master copy is compared to the sample, allowing you to make adequate edits and changes. GlobalVision’s document comparison software will scan and find even the most minor errors allowing you to publish accurate and pixel-perfect content.


Better Content is Only a Document Comparison Away 

Content creation involves many different processes and workflows before it can be published and go out to market. Yet, to ensure complete accuracy of every piece of copy and artwork that makes it to consumers, modern businesses cannot rely on outdated and obsolete practices to ensure the quality of their content and products. Companies need to turn to more efficient and adequate solutions in order to modernize their workflows and keep up with market digitalization. File comparison software is the ideal solution for any and all businesses that want to stay competitive, streamline their workflows, and optimize the creation and production of content needed to meet growing consumer demands. 

The benefits a file comparison tool will bring to your business are countless and in most cases, they are a crucial and important company resource, especially those dealing with sensitive copy and documentation. The only way a business can be completely confident that its content and products are error-free is through fast, accurate, and trusted software. 

Ready to step into the world of automated proofreading? Request a demo of our innovative document comparison software and see for yourself how this technology can revolutionize your everyday business practices. Transform your quality control processes with GlobalVision.

Illustration of a delivery truck
 
 

Date: October 19, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Seth Richtsmeier


For better or for worse, COVID-19 has impacted virtually every industry, and for a wide range of reasons. For some, like online retail and remote work solutions, a change in consumer habits has driven unprecedented demand and exponential growth. For others, like travel and leisure, health and safety concerns have shuttered businesses and brought operations to a halt.

The increase in online shopping over the last year and a half has led to higher demands for packaging manufacturers to ship products, food, and other goods to consumers. This includes pharmaceutical packaging companies who have seen a substantial increase in demand. Global civilians are navigating the new normal and opting for at-home deliveries of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

At best, the impact of COVID-19 on the pharmaceutical packaging industry has been a mixed bag. Spikes in demand for medication and vaccine distribution have been a driving force for packaging throughout the pandemic. However, supply chain disruptions and growing health and safety concerns have resulted in unprecedented obstacles for pharmaceutical packaging businesses.


Here are four ways the COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on the pharmaceutical packaging industry:

  1. Illustration of a delivery guy delivering productsIncrease in demand

    Public stay-at-home orders and CDC recommendations to limit contacts have led to a high demand for at-home deliveries of health care products like pharmaceuticals. This has resulted in a greater need for pharmaceutical packaging as people around the world navigate the ongoing pandemic.

    Demand for pharmaceutical packaging has increased in the following ways:
    • Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals
      The demand for pharmaceuticals has skyrocketed throughout the global pandemic. In fact, the industry saw pharmaceutical spending increase by an astonishing $88 billion globally.
      However, a closer look at purchasing patterns has revealed this spending growth was not solely due to prescription drugs or therapies to treat coronavirus symptoms. In many instances, patients were advised by healthcare providers to stockpile therapies to combat any supply chain shortages caused by the pandemic. Over-the-counter purchases also increased by 14.3% for calming, sleeping, and mood drugs.
    • At-home deliveries
      The “where” and “how” we purchase prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals has also shifted. Traditionally, the distribution of behind-the-counter pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs has been handled by drug store pharmacists. However, with the threat of the pandemic still lingering, eCommerce has expanded into new industries as the demand for at-home pharmaceutical deliveries rises.

  2. Illustration of a vaccineDistribution of vaccines

    COVID-19 vaccination efforts put a major strain on pharmaceutical packaging firms to quickly supply the packaging required to facilitate an accelerated time to market. A couple factors play heavily into the pharmaceutical packaging of emerging vaccines.

    These include:
    • Storage requirements
      MRNA vaccine storage requirements have been problematic (to say the least) for the pharmaceutical packaging industry. The requirement to store vaccines at a frosty -70 degrees Celsius can cause glass vials to break, destroying valuable vaccines sought after world-wide.
      To address these challenges, SiO2 Material Science created a unique vial made from plastic polymer, with a nanolayer of glass on the inside. The special compound helps to address the shortage of glass, producing a hybrid vial able to withstand the vaccines rigid storage requirements.
    • Multi- and single-dose vials
      As federal regulators consider the recommendations and rollout of a COVID booster shot, Pfizer looks to modify their packaging options to increase accessibility and decrease wasted doses.
      A CDC spokesperson confirmed more than 14.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been wasted thus far during global vaccine rollouts. This largely stems from deliveries of multi-dose vials and strict storage requirements that limits where and for how long these vials can be kept. By offering smaller packaging options, the pharmaceutical giant can cater to smaller facilities in rural areas to store greater quantities of the vaccine without wasting doses.

  3. Illustration of multiple vaccineSupply shortages

    Although the demand for pharmaceuticals has remained high, delivering on pharmaceutical packaging has been hit hard by supply shortages. Most vaccines require two doses to fully inoculate an individual, which effectively means doubling the number of vials required to assist in vaccine distribution efforts.
    • Vaccine vials
      Developing vaccines posed another unprecedented challenge for glass vial makers. While the race was on to develop a safe and effective vaccine to target COVID-19, few recognized the supply challenges that threatened its distribution.
      An estimated 15.6 billion glass vials were needed to vaccinate the world’s population. This sudden surge in demand along with the high cost of vial production equipment has made it hard for pharmaceutical packaging companies to produce enough vials to fill orders.
    • National lockdowns and border closures
      The pandemic has also introduced unprecedented supply chain roadblocks, which makes receiving and managing inventory flow a challenge. National lockdowns and border closures have slowed and even halted the flow of materials required for manufacturing. This forces many organizations to re-evaluate their supply chain strategies and focus on agility, efficiency, and resiliency.

  4. Illustration of pharmaceutical packaging Changing packaging design

    High global infection rates have been a leading factor in encouraging the packaging industry to reassess strategies and prioritize clean and safe packaging to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Pharmaceutical packaging firms now focus on package materials and tamper-proof packaging to promote health and safety throughout the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.
    • Package materials
      A study from the National Institute of Health, CDC, UCLA, and Princeton University found traces of SARS-CoV-2 was detectable for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. To protect consumers, new designs must incorporate the right materials to limit the virus’s survival rate on package surfaces.
    • Tamper-proof packaging
      Adding third-party delivery services to the distribution of pharmaceuticals leads to great concern over product contamination during the delivery process. Not to mention, at-home deliveries can pose a serious threat if delivered to the wrong hands. Creating tamper-proof packaging adds the extra level of protection to ensure public safety is maintained throughout each delivery cycle.

Conclusion

As many industries continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new ways to optimize business operations is becoming more important than ever. Pharmaceutical companies must leverage the tools available to them to solidify any existing processes and ensure that they’re operating as efficiently as possible in a changing landscape. To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, visit globalvision.co/quality-inspection-system or request a demo with a product expert.

 


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How to Speed up Product Time-to-Market
 
 

Date: September 29, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Seth Richtsmeier


In today’s competitive marketplace, offering consumers quality, innovative products is only half the battle. The market can quickly become diluted with products from competitors, offering similar features at comparable price points.

Take smartphones, for example. Apple entered the market with their original iPhone back in 2007, introducing a touchscreen display that set a new standard for smartphones, tablets, and even computers worldwide. 14 years later, the brand continues to dominate the U.S. market share with a commanding 53% of all smartphones.

For product-based business owners, product development requires a delicate balancing act between developing a valuable product for consumers and beating the competition to market.

If you’re too quick, you risk a lackluster product that leaves a poor brand impression on your audience. On the other hand, if you’re too slow, you risk losing your market share to the competition. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to quickly delivering a product to the masses.

There are several benefits an organization may gain from an accelerated product time-to-market. These include:

  • Greater profit margins and revenue from a longer time in the market
  • Increased market share and competitive advantage
  • Reduced research and development (R&D) costs
  • Better insight on developing market trends and an increase in product opportunities
  • Improved consumer relationship and satisfaction

To be successful in a consumer-driven business, it’s essential to deliver quality, innovative products, and fast! Accelerating your new product’s time-to-market can help your brand become an industry leader and stand out from the competition.

Here are eight strategic techniques to quickly get your new product to market.

  1. Develop a comprehensive product strategy
    Checklist of products and itemsConsider your product development strategy your roadmap to success. It should cover every step required to take a new product from initial concept to final distribution to make sure you’re well equipped for the project ahead.
    The more detailed and coherent your plan is, the more effective your delivered product will be. A business product development strategy is a useful practice to help organizations clearly communicate product objectives, prioritize tasks, and build the best team for the project. Not to mention, a thorough product development strategy can assist in identifying any process gaps that require further attention before they become costly.
  2. Focus on your workflow
    Illustration of a product flowshartYour company’s workflow ultimately translates to your organizational efficiency, which can either help or hinder your product’s time-to-market.
    A solid workflow has the potential to accelerate a product’s time-to-market by improving overall productivity. This may include streamlining or automating tasks and minimizing the potential for risks within product development. To improve your organization’s efficiencies, consider each step of the development workflow and the processes and procedures involved.
    Are there any steps or tasks which can be simplified? Work with all product stakeholders to review the product workflow and to identify areas that can be streamlined to increase efficiency.

  3. Target quality rather than features
    Illustration of an arrow approaching a targetLoading your innovative new product with all the bells and whistles can be time-consuming. After all, adding excessive features demands more time and effort and presents opportunities for errors or costly delays.
    Instead, focus on developing a high-quality product that solves a problem for consumers. What elements offer the greatest value for your target audience? Seek feedback from customers to determine which features are “must-haves” in your product development.

  4. Use what’s available to you
    Illustration of a product hierarchy Developing every element of your product from scratch is not entirely necessary. It can be a major time consumer when rushing to get your product to market before the competition.
    Repurpose components, devices, or modules, or leverage third-party tools available to your business. Purchasing or reusing elements within your product development is a strategic way to cut time and associated R&D costs within your product development cycle.


  5. Don’t be afraid to outsource
    Illustration of print inspection processKnowing your strengths and limitations can help achieve rapid time-to-market for your new product. Outsourcing whenever possible allows your organization to efficiently create the desired product experience for your consumers.
    If marketing or manufacturing is not your specialty, find the right partnership to help you achieve product objectives. Creating reliable third-party relationships in product development can help bring your product to market at an accelerated speed.

  6. Endorse agility within product development
    Illustration of a person reading a paragraphToday’s marketplace and consumer demands are constantly changing. Business agility allows product development to respond to these changes and create innovative solutions to emerging challenges and obstacles.
    The key to agility within product development is adaptability. To become agile, product development teams must focus on customer involvement. Facilitating consumer feedback and dialogue throughout the development process will result in greater inherent value for the final product.

  7. Track results
    Illustration of product analysisR&D is quite often the most critical part of a successful product development cycle. It can help your organization better align new offerings to the expectations of consumers while creating an innovative product.
    Measuring your process and product results is a key element to accelerate your development process and quickly enter the market. Using the product’s established key performance indicators (KPIs) as a guide, project stakeholders can quantify the success or failure of the product and make changes as needed.

  8. Improve data accessibility
    Illustration of a dashboardData accessibility goes hand in hand with tracking product and process results. Ultimately, greater data transparency helps to accelerate decision-making and improves organizational agility.
    By increasing data accessibility for the right parties, your team will be equipped with the data needed to make the best decisions for the product, and without a major lag in development times.
    But data accessibility is critical for your organization’s success far beyond the product development process. Data attained throughout development can help predict future industry trends, identify new opportunities for innovation, and help businesses generate new revenue streams.

Conclusion

In the end, getting products to market before other brands can give your business a significant competitive advantage. What’s important to remember, however, is that quality should never be sacrificed as a result of pushing products out the door faster. To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, visit globalvision.co/quality-inspection-system or request a demo with a product expert.

 


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