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2016 Readers’ Choice: New Product Development & Introduction

CEO George Young comments on Consumer Goods Technology's (CGT) 2016 Reader's Choice survey and the state of new product development and introduction for the consumer goods industry.

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Nobody likes the office backstabber. Is ‘front-stabbing’ any better?

A recap of the steps Kalypso has taken to encourage candid conversations and feedback within the firm.

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Workplace Culture

Kendall Hawkins, Kalypso's senior manager of talent, talks about the steps Kalypso has taken to practice a culture of candor. 

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Changing Sizes Makes Retailers Fit

Retail practice lead Steve Riordan discusses how retailers are using stores that vary from their usual size to enter new markets or sell different products.

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‘Nice’ Is a Four-Letter Word at Companies Practicing Radical Candor

Kendall Hawkins, Kalypso's senior manager of talent, discusses the challenges of fostering a candid work environment (login required).

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Potential Pitfalls of FSMA: What Grocers Should Know As They Prepare for Implementation

Senior manager Colin Speakman discusses challenges and advice for grocers gearing up for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

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Cold rain sends Black Friday shoppers inside to Dallas-area malls

Did you brave Black Friday? Our own Al Meyers spent the day at the mall with The Dallas Morning News to observe this year's shopping trends.

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Survey: Millennial ‘Style Gurus’ Poised to Spend This Holiday Season

The 2015 Holiday FINdex indicates the upcoming shopping season may be a strong one, at least for apparel and footwear. Kalypso's Steve Riordan explains why merchandise innovation plays a big role.

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Sorry, Bacon: WHO Links Meat and Cancer, Raising Alarm Bells for Brands

Chairman George Young discusses WHO's report linking processed meats to cancer.

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L.L. Bean Taps Kalypso for Product Innovation

L.L. Bean is pleased with the robust tools that have been developed with Kalypso, which will be instrumental in ensuring seamless collaboration with internal and external teams to reduce development costs, keep them closer to market trends and ensure that products pass their high quality and compliance standards.

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Video: Watching a Mountain Bike on a Smart Connected Dashboard

Kalypso's Andy Timm explains Kalypso's joint project with PTC and NI to create a smart, connected mountain bike. The goal - to show what's possible with the internet of things.

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How to Take a Balanced Approach to IoT in Retail

The Internet of Things (IoT) buzz has accelerated in recent months, specifically in retail. Andy Timm gives his advice for rising above the noise, identifying real business value, understanding the opportunity, and finding your unique starting point.

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What the Heck IS Innovation in Retail?

Steve Riordan tells us how he thinks about where innovation occurs in retail, and what’s driving it.

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Your Innovation Past Does NOT Predict Future Innovation Potential

Colin Speakman believes that leading indicators – not just lagging indicators – should be used in conjunction with past performance to measure future innovation potential.

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The Chief Innovation Officer: Mastering Influence and Building a Cross-Functional Coalition

Sean Klein believes that by becoming a master of influence and building a coalition, the Chief Innovation Officer can overcome barriers posed by traditional functional structures to deliver transformational value to their organization.

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Up the Efficiency of your PLM Deployment

Sameer Deodhar's article discussing leading practices of an application lifecycle management (ALM) approach.

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Innovation Process Design and Software Tool Enablement - Part 2

When a company wants to improve innovation capabilities - should they start with improving the innovation process or implementing a new software tool? PDMA Visions published this feature article by Noel Sobelman with seven key considerations.

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Beyond Transparency: Can a Culture of 100% Honesty Work?

Jenna Dudevoir spoke with Fast Company about whether it's possible to instill and enforce a culture of honesty among employees. We think it is. Read about the steps we're taking to bring our Culture of Candor to life at Kalypso in this new article.

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2015 Review & Outlook Report

Mike Friedman discusses an Innovation trend for 2015: Get a Grip on Data to Improve Innovation Results

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2015 Readers’ Choice: New Product Development & Introduction

George Young details the current landscape of new product development and introduction solutions for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

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Kalypso Acquires GoEngineer’s Implementation Services Business

Coverage on the Kalypso-GoEngineer strategic partnership and implementation services business acquisition.

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Most Americans to Keep Same Holiday Budget Despite Lower Gas Prices

Steve Riordan comments on why Americans didn't use their fuel savings on gifts this year.

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Accelerate the Path to a Graduate Degree With a BBA-MBA Program

Recruiting manager Roxy Wolfe weighs in on the importance on having work experience prior to starting an MBA program.

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Modern Mass Customization – Rule 1: Modularize your People, Processes and Products - See more at: ht

Following from the post Free to Choose: Mass Customization for Modern Manufacturers, here is the first rule to live by for modern mass customizers.

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The Executive’s Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions

After a merger, there are steep challenges to overcome and important choices to make. The tremendous burden on operations executives is only magnified with conflicting information systems, different cultures, and limited resource. Here's how to get started.

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PLM Success Factors: Great Expectations, Mixed Results

This article explores the key success factors in planning, implementing, and adopting PLM solutions in complex manufacturing environments.  

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What You Need to Know Now About Unique Device Identification

As the Sept. 24, 2014, FDA UDI compliance deadline approaches for medical device manufacturers, Kalypso experts Cathi Crist and Scott Gibbard provide analysis on changes made to the final rule and what they mean for the industry. 

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The Executive’s Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions

Kalypso's Michael Glessner and Alexander Tang guide executives through the process of implementing a merger and maximizing the benefits.

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Which Came First: The Innovation Process Or The Software Tool?

Kalypso's Noel Sobelman answers the question, "Do I design improved innovation processes before I implement enterprise software tools, or do I start out implementing software tools that claim to have best practice innovation processes built in?”

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Mass Customization: The Modular Model

"Want to produce custom products on a massive scale? Think modular," says Kalypso's Jordan Reynolds.

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Are You Ready for UDI? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

Kalypso's Cathi Crist helps organizations define their approach to implementing UDI.  

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6 Things Every Executive Needs to Know About PLM Transformation

Kalypso's Vipin Goyal discusses the top 6 concepts executives need to consider before starting their PLM transformation.

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The Chief Innovation Officer: Is It CIO, CNO, or CINO ?

Kalypso's Bill Poston and Sean Klein discuss the great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion and the requisite responsibilities to do the job well.

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Boost Shelf Appeal

Kalypso's Charisse Jacques and Stephen Birtsas discuss three tips for retailers developing a “sell at the shelf” strategy. 

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Managing Complex Product Registration Processes with PLM

Despite the challenges of the international product registration process, Horst Groesser explores how medical device manufacturers have the opportunity to drive growth by launching new products internationally by optimizing their processes with PLM.

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The Three Packaging Challenges Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Back

Pharmaceutical companies are challenged to rapidly expand their business in the face of expiring patents, lengthening drug development cycles and an increasingly complex regulatory environment. This article, written by Kalypso's Stephen Birtsas, discusses three critical challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and what companies can do to overcome these challenges.

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Q&A: The Evolution of PLM

Enterprise software can be a major point of complexity for manufacturers, particularly in the way it seems to change at an incredible speed. In this Q&A, Kalyso's Richard Mizuno discusses how companies can work through changes in product lifecycle management (PLM) software packages.

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Cost-Cutting Redefined

Cutbacks in wages, benefits & labor hours might reduce employer costs in the short term, but will a dent in retail service cause shoppers to go elsewhere? This article, featuring Kalypso's Steve Riordan, discusses the risks retailers and manufacturers should consider when launching or renewing cost-containment strategies.

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Build a Better Team

In this piece Kalypso's Steve Riordan discusses how improving hiring and retention efforts can give retailers an edge on the store brand side.          

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Succeeding with Outsourcing? Time to Reinvest for Success!

Succeeding with outsourcing? Kalypso's Vipin Goyal shares three ways apparel companies can maintain their outsourcing edge and balance cost cutting with innovation.

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Mastering the Front End: Seven Steps to a More Creative Organization

Neuroscience has scientifically proven that unusual neural connections help “creative people” connect insights that others find unrelated. So, how do you bring diverse knowledge and insights into an organization to create these unexpected connections? Kalypso's Lucio Pieroni gives seven steps to develop a more creative organization that is more than the sum of its collective individuals.

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Looking Past the Ladder

The key to motivating employees in an organization that is more horizontal than vertical is to leverage their employees' strengths and enable them to contribute to the organization in a meaningful way. In this piece Kalypso Partners Helayne Angelus and Mike Friedman discuss alternative methods of rewarding employees.     

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FDAs Final UDI Rule: A Few Tricks But Mostly Treats

The final rule for unique device identification (UDI) is mostly favorable to industry, but some provisions of the rule could be challenging to implement. In this piece, Kalypso's Cathi Crist and Scott Gibbard discuss the "treats" considered favorable to the industry and the "tricks" that could be viewed as unfavorable.

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Women: Let’s Stop Allowing Race and Age to Divide Us

Kalypso's Helayne Angelus was interviewed for an article about racial and generational biases that prevent women from helping each other in the workplace.

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Your Consumer and the Innovation Equation - Why They May Not Be Involved Enough

In this article Kalypso's Colin Speakman discusses how bringing consumers into the innovation equation earlier and consistently across the innovation process will not only help define the innovation, but dramatically assist in portfolio management choices including the balance between incremental and breakthrough innovation.

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Seeing into the Future: Packaging Predictions for 2014

In honor of its 50th Anniversary celebration, Packaging Digest invited packaging experts to share their predictions on the future of packaging. Kalypso's Stephen Birtsas was invited to participate and identified four trends that he says are changing the way consumer product companies develop packaging.

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Getting Ahead in an Office-Less Environment

Getting ahead at any company requires a certain amount of strategy. But a company that operates virtually—with no offices, no cubicles, and no in-person meetings? That’s a different game entirely. In this piece, Kalypso's Bill Poston discusses what distinguishes the best digital workers from the rest.

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How Many Companies Are 100% Distributed

This blog featured Kalypso as one of very few companies with a 100% virtual model.

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E-trails of Trouble

This article, featuring Kalypso's Jenna Dudevoir, discusses the importance of presenting a professional online image, whether you're a student looking for an internship or a recent graduate looking to start your career.