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04/13/2022

Walgreens Boots Alliance subsidiary streamlines product development

Dan Berthiaume
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No7 Beauty Company is rolling out a new PLM solution.

No7 Beauty Company is leveraging product lifecycle management (PLM) technology to improve metrics such as time-to-market.

The global beauty business, which is a subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance and consists of six different beauty brands, selected the Bamboo Rose MEP multi-enterprise platform (MEP) to streamline and simplify its product development processes.

As a result, No7 Beauty Company seeks to accelerate product innovation, improve customer satisfaction through faster time to market, and support corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Utilizing the Bamboo Rose PLM platform, No7 Beauty Company intends to enable more efficient product development collaboration across teams and external partners. By adopting an agile approach to product development and management, the company intends to bring innovative, consumer-led products to market faster and at lower costs.

By digitizing the complete product lifecycle, No7 Beauty Company also plans to maintain agility in its response to consumer trends, effectively communicate important product claims to consumers, manage and reuse formulations to drive cost savings, and trace products throughout the supply chain to support CSR and environment, social and governance (ESG) programs.

In addition, by replacing legacy product lifecycle management approaches and traditional processes, including email communications, with a single, unified platform, No7 Beauty Company hopes achieve frictionless communication, improve data integrity, and streamline development processes both internally and with external partners, as it pursues international growth.

Discount retailer explores PLM
Ottawa, Canada-based discount retailer Giant Tiger also recently launched a PLM effort. Giant Tiger selected the CGS BlueCherry Next PLM tool to bring together all product development stakeholders, including suppliers and vendors, as well as design and product development groups. Leveraging the BlueCherry solution, Giant Tiger seeks to drive product development from concept to adopted product, improve data integrity, centralize digital assets, and support the generation of comprehensive product tech packs.

The retailer chose the BlueCherry Next PLM solution for features including seamless integration with Adobe Illustrator and what it found to be an intuitive, flexible and configurable user interface. GGS will also offer expertise and resources in retail and consumer goods, with the ultimate goal of supporting the retailer's current and future business requirements and helping to increase efficiency, collaboration and visibility across the supply chain.

"We are excited to partner with Bamboo Rose who will play a key role in digitizing and simplifying our end-to-end product management process through seamless digital communication," said Stefan Pacel, director of transformation at No7 Beauty Company.

"No7 Beauty Company's purpose of creating the best in beauty for everyone aligns with Bamboo Rose's mission to empower retailers and brands to bring high-quality products to market that align with consumers' everchanging expectations," said Brian Marsden, chief strategy officer at Bamboo Rose. "We're thrilled to partner with so many leading beauty brands under one roof to assist in their digital transformation journey."

No7 Beauty Company, part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, is a consumer-led beauty business launched in April 2021. The company holds international beauty brands No7, Liz Earle Beauty Co., Soap & Glory, Botanics, YourGoodSkin, and Sleek MakeUP.