Five good reasons to get PIM

1. Does your product information management process look something like this?

If the answer is yes, contact us and we will help you.

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2. Do you want to provide the best possible customer experience?

In that case, the PIM system is a relevant part of the solution. Through centralized product information management, you will be able to provide high-quality, correct and up-to-date product information through one source to all of your channels and stakeholders – both customers and your own staff.

3. Do you want to boost your product marketing?

By using PIM and its automated publishing solutions you can publish campaign leaflets, product catalogues or cards, create catalogues or leaflets, posters, price lists or shelf labels for shops just by a few presses of a button. You can publish in formats such as PDF, Excel, PowerPoint, and InDesign. See examples of publication solutions here  and here.

4. Do you want to be ready for fast, strategic changes?

If the foundation of your product information management is solid, expanding to new publishing channels, applications or new country or language versions is easy. Via PIM interfaces you can offer product information to e.g. your new retailer’s online store or website, to your customer’s purchasing system or any other channel that you wish to employ. There is no need reinvent the wheel every time.

5. Do you want to get rid of unnecessary manual work phases?

PIM allows you to automatize many routine tasks which would take a long time to do manually (and which often are the most tedious tasks as well). From PIM the product information is brought to the right stakeholders automatically. In addition, you can get rid of excessive copy pasting when you can rapidly produce e.g different Office or InDesign format product publications instead of requiring weeks’ worth of manual work.

PIM has to be easy

At Canter we work each day to make product information management (PIM) as easy as possible. As with everything else, those who manage to make complex things easy will prevail, and this is also the case with product information management.

Although it’s not complex in the first place.

Or at least we don’t think it has to be, and following few principles will go long way. While company and industry specific differences do exist, the basic principle will always be the same.

PIM is not an IT project.

It is the implementation of new mode of operation that includes both change management and automation of manual processes. PIM system does not do everything automatically, but instead operates as enabler. In order to make product information management for our clients as easy as possible, we have focused especially on the following and been actively developing them.

Easy acquisition

We think that acquiring IT system should not be a complex task. Pricing models based on the amount of users or transactions direct the decision making incorrectly, and instead we think that it is more important to find out how to make most out of the usage and processes. The more our clients use the PIM system and the data it provides, the better are the benefits they can get out of it.

Easy acquisition also depends on:

  • the length of the contract – we believe in the added value we provide, not in long contracts
  • the possibility of starting with just simple specifications
  • what sort of training is included
  • how the client is supported with change management
  • the update guarantee

Easy deployment

Easy deployment of a system leads into powerful use. When the basis is solid, it is also easier to do change management.

Easy deployment means many things:

  • how well the specification workshops are managed and prepared
  • clear practices and industry-specific productization
  • ease of installation and parameterization of the system
  • functioning Application Program Interfaces (APIs) facilitate the integration
  • best practices and connectors to the most common systems

Easy usage

Easy-to-use user interface motivates the users to handle the upkeep of product information and benefit from the data.

Good user experience is the sum of its part, and listed are just few key points:

  • logical, reliable user interface
  • search functions that work faster than a though
  • smart recommendations
  • mass editing, importing and exporting; especially useful when dealing with large amount of products

Easy integration

Seldom does a PIM system operate alone, and usually it’s a part of at least one other system. It is very common to have it integrated with many other systems, for example with ERP or a webstore.

System integration needs to be easy, so well documented and standardized API makes it easier and faster for everyone. This allows the data to be exchanged between multiple systems without massive integration projects.

 Easy expansion and usage of data

We want to help our clients to benefit from their product information more effectively. When PIM interfaces are functional and open, it’s easy to build data-based applications with the help of product information. This allows for our clients to work with those they see fit themselves.

Could we help you to make your product information management easy as well? Contact us! 

 

Helvar polishes product information management processes with Adeona PIM

Specialised in energy-efficient solutions for the global market, Helvar will centralise its product information management with the Adeona PIM solution.

The lighting technology company publishes product information on its website, in printed product catalogues and in brochures, price lists and Excel spreadsheets targeting various resellers and market segments.

In the past, the company’s product information was scattered across different systems: on the website, in printed catalogues and in local area network shares. The major challenge has been managing the different language versions, which, with the eight languages to maintain, is not a surprise. Although the majority of the content is the same regardless of the language, it still needs to be updated separately for online publishing and for the printed catalogue. In addition, images and other documents had to be copied to the website and also to a separate media bank service.

The new media bank was published in April. Now the images and documents are automatically updated by Adeona PIM and the changes are reflected both on the website and in the media bank. In addition, automation can make industrious steps easier, such as updating product information in price lists and product catalogues with finished layout.

Are you interested? For more information about our PIM solutions, please contact:

Manager, Customer relations
Katri Koskentalo
katri.koskentalo@canter.fi
+358 40 167 8971

 

Helvar is an international lighting technology company specialising in energy efficient components and solutions for lighting and lighting control systems. We aim to bring continuously more intelligent, easy-to-use, reliable lighting solutions for the different needs in the marketplace. Strong growth in LED and lighting controls will continue with a growing emphasis on the opportunities digitalisation will provide, the internet of things (IoT), human centric lighting and energy efficiency being key elements in the future of lighting.www.helvar.fi 

Canter provides their clients with Adeona product data management solutions. With Adeona, it is possible to save all the information centrally in order to update and share them faster. Getting your product to the market becomes faster, and the results can be seen in the increase of customer satisfaction. You can read more about the company at:http://www.canter.fi/en/company/

 

Orient Occident has chosen Canter for their product information management partner

Orient Occident and Canter have started a collaboration.

 

”Creating price catalogs has been challenging for us. With the Adeona Sales Tool we are able to crate the catalogs automatically, with an uniform look. By doing this, we are able to dedicate more time for our clients and into closing sales.”

Managing Director Mikko Puputti

Other advantages of using the centralized Adeona-PIM solution in the first place were e.g., being able to swiftly create stunning offers with photos. In addition, photos and other enriching product information can also be added to the ERP system. There are also plans to expand the usage of Adeona in the future.

Are you interested? For more information about our PIM solutions, please contact:
Janne Costiander
050 552 1054
janne.costiander@canter.fi

 

Orient Occident is a local family business.  The company imports interior textiles, floor coverings and carpets. The high quality interior design products and services are marketed for producers, retailers and other influential bodies and decision-makers in industry. www.orientoccident.fi.

Canter provides their clients with Adeona product data management solutions. With Adeona, it is possible to save all the information centrally in order to update and share them faster. Getting your product to the market becomes faster, and the results can be seen in the increase of customer satisfaction. You can read more about the company at:http://www.canter.fi/en/company/

The new online stores of K-rauta and Rautia are taking advantage of Adeona’s rich product information

During the current year, Rautakesko has expanded its e-commerce activities in Finland. In April K-rauta e-commerce was published, in May it was Rautia’s turn and in June the new K-maatalous redesigned website was published. In Sweden, K-rauta e-commerce was published in the summer of 2014.

Foundation and processes that cover the comprehensive product information are built in Adeona carefully, which has facilitated the renewal of all network services. Data accuracy, speedy access and distribution ensure high quality of product information and distribution in all of Rautakesko’s online services.

Adeona supports the improvement of the customer experience by providing the network services with high-quality product information. Adeona also serves as a background for search operations services, and plays an integral part in filtering information or finding alternative products. In addition to online services, Adeona PIM’s maintained and controlled product information is also used in traditional marketing, on printed materials, as well as in stakeholder services. With Adeona, the “do once, benefit forever” -principle is realized – even with hundreds of thousands of titles. Rautakesko’s Global Development Manager, Antti Sarkkula, describes the importance of product information:

We are able to improve our online store customer experience, because our foundation is in order, in  example, in regard to the product information.

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More information:

Katri Koskentalo
Manager, Customer Relations
+358 40 167 8971
katri.koskentalo@canter.fi

The uniform appearance in the IKH price tags with Sales Tool

IKH implemented Adeona Sales Tool in over 130 stores all over Finland in order to uniform their price tags and make them appear more professional. It has made the creation of price tags fast and easy, saving money and headaches!

Prior to the implementation, each retailer handled the creation of the price tags, excluding chain-wide campaigns, themselves. This created varied tag layouts. With Sales Tool the layout creation and manual fetching of product information has been automated. Never the less, it is still possible for the retailers to alter the price of the product or the product information manually, if they so desire. All price tags also include a QR code, which the buyers can use to look up more detailed product information online while shopping.

Feedback from the retailers has been positive, and the new system has been received with joy:

I want to recommend the Sales Tool system, and extend my thanks to the marketing department for it! It works perfectly, and the overall look of the store has improved with the unified price tags. It also saves a ton of our time!

 

More information:

Katri Koskentalo
Manager, Customer Relations
katri.koskentalo@canter.fi
040 167 8917

Amo increased their sales with Adeona Sales Tool

The role of brand owners, importers and merchants has changed from logistics partners towards information logistics each day and their customers require better and more accurate product descriptions that have to be exactly correct. Online and multi-channel sales only add to this challenge. With Amo, many retailers are developing their own information processes and they wish to receive the product information in the format they want.

Corporate and product brand management and efficiency to produce materials are important when the sales personnel are preparing their sales presentations, offers and other sales material to be distributed for their customers.

Sales Tool has fulfilled our expectations and the visual materials have even exceeded them. The tool has been very easy to use and thus the deployment has been a breeze.

Johanna Vesterinen, Business Planning Manager, Amo Oy

Adeona Sales Tool provided Amo with ready-made solutions for challenges produced by the back-office needs. With Sales Tool the production of different types of publishing can be done easily and effortlessly lessening the manual work and the errors coming with it and providing the customers with higher quality product information and material faster than before.

The service allows automated production of material such as:

  • easily managed sales information brand by brand for the sales personnel
  • product information and photos in the required format for both retailers and customers
  • formal offers and stunning brochures
  • other publications for customer communication, e.g., customer-specific pricing and photo catalogues

Using Sales Tool has made the production of sales materials and offers a lot more easier, leaving more time for making the actual sales and polishing the offers instead of searching for product images and descriptions or copy pasting.

Johanna Vesterinen, Business Planning Manager, Amo Oy

The foundation of operative product marketing for Amo is solid: the product information is managed with Adeona PIM and the Amo ERP-system (Digia Enterprise). The roles of the systems were strictly defined during the development so that the principle of single input is achieved with all the information and that all the information is kept up-to-date automatically within all the sales channels and services.

During the development of the project Adeona Media Bank was also updated to the latest version. Via the media bank Amo is able to easily share content, photo material and selected product information to their clients, stakeholders as well as their own people. Flexible user access policies and content sharing allows for only the people with correct credentials to have the access to the material.

Product information enriched via Adeona PIM is automatically transferred into a customer-oriented aarrekirja.fi service.
More Information:

Johanna Vesterinen, Business Planning Manager, Amo Oy, johanna.vesterinen@amo.fi
Patrik Palatz, Managing Director, Canter Oy,  patrik.palatz@canter.fi
Johanna Vesterinen, Business Planning Manager, Amo Oy

Sormat’s product catalogs automated in 11 languages using Canter’s technology

Sormat’s bolts, anchors and other fasteners assembled into a catalog in 11 languages

Sormat’s product catalogs are actively used in construction sites and offices in 11 different languages throughout Europe. The new polished appearance and rapid layout process significantly enhance the company’s product marketing and essential product information distribution. Using real-time search functionality, product information is retrieved from Sormat’s system into an automated InDesign layout provided by Canter. A two-hundred-page catalog is now produced within hours instead of months, and content is simultaneously updated into the website and product catalog.

The technology for the layout automation is directly integrated with Sormat’s new product database which provides all product-related and product-category-related texts and images. The new catalogs contain 14 different types of charts for the distinct presentation of different types of products.

 

We decided to go for the technology provided by Canter as we wanted to enhance and speed up the production of our print publications, our product catalogs in particular, and prepare ourselves for the already rapidly accelerating proliferation of digital printing as well as generally have more flexibility and cost-effectiveness in our publication process. Our new tool enables us to purely concentrate on the content and interpretation of our own expertise with a focus on our audience instead of wasting valuable resources in practicalities such as chart layouts and spell checks.

Matti Koukka, Marketing Manager, Sormat Oy

 

The project was preceded by a workshop led by Canter in which the conditions for automation were examined and a common understanding for the structure of the automated product catalog was formed.

 

From time to time, it is a true pleasure for Marketing Manager to find a partner who is genuinely skilled in their own business and furthermore, who is able to efficiently share their know-how with their clients. The preparatory two-day workshop for the introduction of Canter’s layout automation technology did not try to get the “client to realise what they had always known”. Our learning curve rose continuously at an accelerating rate and with a tight angle towards the top right corner. A practical, well-prepared and comprehensive workshop enabled us to get a deeper understanding of the structure of our product information and particularly streamline our complex and technical charts.

Matti Koukka, Marketing Manager, Sormat Oy

More information:

Matti Koukka, Marketing Manager, Sormat Oy, matti.koukka@sormat.com
Janne Costiander, Development Director, Canter Oy, janne.costiander@canter.fi

Sormat Oy (Ltd)

Sormat was founded in 1970 and is Northern Europe’s leading international-level domestic manufacturer of fastening materials operating in over 40 countries. Located in Rusko near the city of Turku in western Finland, Sormat employs nearly 90 people and partners with many of Europe’s and the world’s largest industrial and construction companies. Sormat’s turnover in 2013 was 19.3 MEUR.

www.sormat.fi