Packaging Complexity Management Tip 9: Share components or packs

Packaging Complexity Management Tip 9: Share components or packs

Are you maximising the opportunities to share components or finished packs?


Shared components and packs can provide a great opportunity to increase component and pack volumes.  However to make this happen it is necessary to identify markets and products that can successfully share components or packs.

There are a number of criteria that you should consider when looking to group markets for sharing.  These include geography, languages, regulatory rules, regulatory approval timelines, and sale price.

Choosing markets to share products needs to be considered carefully as it requires close collaboration between those markets when changes are being implemented.  Therefore it is better to have consistent groupings of markets rather than vary the sharing groups by different product.  Standard market groupings also simplify the ‘where used’ assessment during the change impact assessment.

A significant challenge with shared packs comes when there are different approval timelines or locally driven changes.  This can result in more than one version of the shared pack being required; effectively driving you back to market specific packs.

This is the ninth of a series of 20 blogs giving a view of methods to deal with packaging complexity. Please help me improve the thinking by adding your comments and share this with others who may have a view.

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