Merchandising, product development and testing environments
An enterprise's lifeblood is its products and sales. In order to thrive and compete they must modernize their products at regular intervals. A rapid and controlled product development and merchandising process will reduce the expenses consumed in product development and provide opportunities to start selling earlier. With the help of controlled product development and merchandising, enterprises can also take control of their own destinies by formulating their future products and their development schedules as well as estimating the resources needed for their development. Therefore the development work is directly connected to a company's budget, financial planning, marketing and product sales. Controlled and systematic product development and merchandising procedures, in which the products and their customers are carefully monitored and the product's business potential is being continuously examined, will improve the probability to succeed in the market.
Since a partial solution will only seldom satisfy clients, one has to create turnkey solutions and total product concepts in the product development and merchandising. A systematic approach can ensure that all the facts linked to the product have been carefully considered before bringing the product to market. The aim of activity is always to develop a commercially profitable product, so the focus in the planning is to create a business case linked to the business idea. Therefore it is essential that we understand both the business models and the needs of clients and consumers. This activity can be done in a systematic way and made more efficient with the help of different process models and document models. However, the actual mode of implementation always tends to depend on the branch, project and characteristics of the enterprise.
The systematic approach means that the enterprise has to consider all the critical issues linked to the product and its manufacturing before any decision about prototype development and manufacturing or starting of business should be made. The company must also manage a range of procedures and monitor the financial and human resources as well as keep a watch on the time. The documented procedures, work being made and gathered information also act as a good basis for decision-making and add value to the company's expertise. The clearest benefit for enterprises is to ensure that commercially unprofitable products do not proceed to technical product development or form the basis for starting business which will fail within a few months.