Over the past couple of months we’ve been working as hard as ever on improvements to agile:NPDtech, based on feedback from customers.
New ideas are always greatly appreciated and we try to action them quickly, especially when they chime with our roadmap and have wide applicability.
One recent area of focus has been on helping people get the most out of the large amount of data in their systems, especially important at this particular point in time when volatility of supply is far greater.
Automating repetitive data entry
The agile:Accelerator to clone a product is now much more powerful, saving you lots of time spent on data entry. When cloning, the user can optionally include all sorts of specification information too, i.e. example chemical, microbiological, nutritional, physical and packaging information as well as ingredients and development milestones.
Furthermore, in a product specification, many fields in the QAS section typically share data with the Physical Attributes section. These values are now automatically copied from one to the other, but can still be amended if different.
Helping the ingredient supplier approval process
To help the Technical department focus their energies on the most important ingredients, we’ve added some new views showing the number of times an ingredient with no approved supplier, is being used in recipes across the library. A summary view with a count per ingredient, and details showing the recipes used in (and their statuses) is now available in the Ingredient Supplier Approval tile.
Ingredient nutritional information
To go with the view of total nutritional information per product, a sister view showing nutrition per ingredient has been added to the Ingredients tile. You can now easily compare ingredient nutrition when looking to build a recipe, or if requesting matching by suppliers.
Countries of origin detail
In the views displaying the combined countries of origin for recipes and ingredients, the suppliers for each ingredient are also shown. That means you can easily search for a country and see which suppliers you use, as well as how many recipes are affected.
Displaying allergens on samples out labels
Customers can opt in or out of showing allergen information when a sample is sent.
Advanced supplier risk assessment scoring
Risk assessment statuses and scores are calculated based on adding up scores for the responses to a set of questions (which can be customised per customer).
It’s now possible to mark particular questions as being key in determining the risk score. For example, for the Species Control question, if the assessor answers ‘More than one species handled on site no suitable cross contamination controls in place, during processing, packaging and transport’, then the assessment may automatically be flagged as high risk, whatever the answers to other questions are.
Further, if you send documents to suppliers to complete, different supplier questionnaire templates can be sent to different categories of supplier.