Founded in 1924, House of Cheatham is one of the oldest continuing manufacturers of personal and beauty care products in America. But that does not come without its challenges. As a company, House of Cheatham were in desperate need of a cloud-based labelling and artwork management solution, to respond to an exponential increase in global regulatory requirements.

Upon choosing Kallik, House of Cheatham are seeing an 80% reduction in speed to market, with 10 weeks taken out of the process, and an average of 6-fold increase in the number of artworks created per year compared to the previous solution.

House of Cheatham’s Director of Enterprise Development, Jeff Carson, talks through the problems he has faced and solutions he has chosen, with Kallik’s AMS180 vastly improving the company’s artwork production.

What were the challenges you were experiencing in labelling data and artwork production?

Maintaining the latest versions of artwork files was becoming an increasingly serious challenge. We were missing key opportunities as a business every time a label change was required. A typical example we were experiencing was up to nine amends per artwork were needed before files could be approved and released to print. It was clear our data files were disjointed from the process and we really found it difficult as a business to keep up with the pace of change.

How did you look to resolve this ongoing issue?

We knew it was of paramount importance that we acted quickly and efficiently to adopt a solution, to not only stay compliant with new regulatory requirements but to remain competitive in the marketplace. We looked at several options but Kallik AMS180 was by far the most efficient and impressive choice. It was the perfect solution to minimise capital outlay on in-house IT resources and was the best fit for the business.

Since choosing Kallik, talk us through the impact it has had on your business?

It’s had a profound effect. The Kallik team immediately understood the requirements of House of Cheatham as a small to medium business and the ROI from the scalability and flexibility of the solution was remarkable; it gave us the exact functionality we needed. We knew when making the decision that Kallik were at least two years ahead of their nearest competitor using cloud technology.

What have been the key changes and benefits of using Kallik AMS360?

In the first year of implementing the solution, we processed 140 new artworks. This is in comparison to creating just 24 per annum before Kallik, which is obviously a huge and impressive increase. Following on from that, in our second year we increased this number to 400 with no additional resources, but in turn increased the accuracy of our artwork production and have taken significant costs out of the process. This is 17 times more artwork production capacity with zero increase in resources, which is a fantastic achievement.

When looking to create new artwork versions, we now as a company have complete confidence in creation processes and selecting the latest approved version to initiate projects. The correct version of the artwork is now always sent to the print supplier base.

How have House of Cheatham’s employees adapted to using Kallik’s cloud-based labelling and artwork management solution?

Staff now have more time freed up which allows them to work on additional added-value projects, and this has seen our output increasing, but with the same number of staff.

The solution’s benefit has been felt across the whole business, with our marketing project managers key advocates of Kallik’s AMS180 as they’re now able to drive projects with 100 per cent accountability.

With this solution in place, do you have plans to expand your process or business?

Absolutely. House of Cheatham is expanding the use of Kallik’s solution by using its Asset manager as a way of controlling and versioning its ingredient declarations. With such a huge, positive impact on labelling inventory and reducing stock levels, new labels can now be produced to an agreed critical path to ensure on-time delivery. We couldn’t be happier to have chosen Kallik and will look to have plans in place to progressing additional capabilities soon.

For more information on House of Cheatham, visit their website: www.houseofcheatham.com

Download the House of Cheatham Case Study here.

Tamworth, UK – 10 April 2018 – Global provider of labelling and artwork management solutions, Kallik, are delighted to announce Ashley Goldie as its new Managing Director.

Ashley’s new position is in line with the company’s strategy of organic growth, which sees experienced employees from within continue to progress, innovate and provide a committed service to Kallik’s target markets. His appointment comes at a time of development for Kallik, who are looking to expand its premises this year and engage in a recruitment drive to source employees who have the same ethos and industry focus as the solutions provider.

With nearly 30 years working internationally with major lifescience and branded organisations, Ashley has spent the last eight years as Kallik’s Sales and Marketing Director. Within that period, he has quadrupled turnover, gained invaluable insight into labelling and customer requirements and successfully positioned Kallik as a key leading provider in highly regulated sectors – Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Cosmetic and Chemical.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity,” he comments. “I look forward to the challenge of overcoming the transformational differences these heavily regulated industries are facing by delivering products of superior value, quality and performance whilst staying compliant across highly competitive global markets.

One of Ashley’s first actions, was to announce two further promotions within the company. Dave Tarbuck, who has been with Kallik over eight years, has been named as the new Global Client Services Director and Rob Woodall has been appointed Technical Director. Rob previously fulfilled the role of Lead Architect, having been with the company since 2007.

Ashley continues: “Both will bring invaluable know-how, expertise and commitment to their respective roles and exemplify Kallik’s process of internal growth. We aim as a team and company to continue to stay innovative and forward-thinking as the leading global labelling content management and artwork generation solutions provider for regulated industries.”

Ashley will look to build upon the team’s experience and knowledge, offering guidance and direction to the company’s focus. Building robust, scalable solutions that will satisfy the rigorous demands of global corporations in the heavily relegated sectors.

These solutions streamline labelling content into a seamless artwork process, which helps businesses to remove duplication, track content and efficiently change messaging to respond to new markets and regulatory changes – in print and online.

For more information about Kallik, please visit https://www.kallik.com/

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of labelling and artwork management solutions for regulated markets such as the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics and chemicals industries. By centralising messaging content, Kallik enables large national and international organisations – often with thousands of products – to produce accurate, print-ready artwork for their packaging and labelling in seconds. Kallik stores all content – text, symbols and logos – as structured data, and manages it in a streamlined way. As a result, amending artwork in line with new market-specific requirements is quick and easy – even if multiple product lines are affected, across multiple markets and in multiple languages. For more information visit: https://www.kallik.com/

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Tamworth, UK, September 5, 2017 – Industry’s leading provider of artwork management solutions, Kallik, today announced that it has surpassed bold growth targets set for its previous fiscal year with the delivery of its AMS360Print solution into three major new clients, each delivering class leading products into heavily regulated markets. Being leaders in pharmaceutical, medical device and chemicals markets, each has selected Kallik to underpin their roll-out of enterprise wide business transformation projects to reduce time to market, eliminate wastage and increase levels of compliance. Commenting on this achievement, Neil Gleghorn, Kallik’s Founder and CEO stated: “Our success is the result of staying focused on our core markets rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by short term, less strategic opportunities.”

“In delivering products into highly competitive markets, each of these organisations is faced with similar challenges” says Gleghorn. “Whether being a supplier of Pharmaceutical, Medical Device or Petrochemical products, demonstrating full compliance against both global and local legislation, ensuring brand consistency and being protected from the threat of counterfeit activities are all equally important. We are delighted to have been chosen as the vendor to enable each organisation to modernize their labelling processes and to standardize global printed label production across both B2B and B2C markets.”

Kallik’s AMS360Print solution enables organisations to store, index and version control all labelling related content both textural including translations and graphical as unique digital assets, resulting in there only ever being one version of the truth. Once approved, these content assets are infinitely re-usable across all types of media and labelling, whether printed or electronic. Being cloud-based, users and print resources can connect to the system from anywhere in the world, removing the traditional constraints imposed by firewalls and restricted VPN access. This vastly simplifies engagement with internal and external design houses and manufacturing facilities.

Organisations seeking to increase their presence in emerging markets by engaging with 3rd party manufacturers and distributors can compromise visibility across the supply chain. Having centralised control of each printed label makes it easier to identify any discrepancies between the quantity of products sold and bulk shipment of materials. By enabling 3rd parties to print labels directly from the Kallik solution, including serialised identifiers if required, vastly reduces the risk of counterfeit products being sold on to end customers.

Gleghorn continues; “As organisations operating in highly regulated industries, all were facing very similar challenges to those experienced by our others prior to adopting our solution. Often, we find multiple instances of Excel spreadsheets distributed via email to capture content which can become uncontrolled or worst still, lost. Ultimately, the final approved version of the artwork can be the PDF created by an external studio that can change significantly from the original content and requirements specified by regulatory. This lack of transparency and traceability can result in a lack of accountability and ultimately risk non-compliance.”

Also commenting on these recent successes, Ashley Goldie, Kallik’s Sales and Marketing Director adds “We are delighted to have been selected by such high-profile clients within their industry sectors. This demonstrates clear confidence in our ability to deliver an outstanding level of performance into organisations that define themselves by market leading products and global success.”

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of integrated software solutions spanning all forms of labelling, packaging and leaflets whether electronic or printed form. Our solutions simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries. Kallik’s systems help these organisations to demonstrate compliance, reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork. This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. Kallik’s flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including, Cardinal Health, Teleflex, Exxon Mobil, Sealed Air, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

Join Kallik at the Supply Chain Innovation Leaders Summit in Barcelona 24 – 25 October 2017 for expert industry insight on embracing Supply Chain 2020, Industry 4.0 and Digital Supply Chain Transformation.

More at www.kallik.com, or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

Tamworth, UK, May 18, 2017 – Industry’s leading provider of artwork management solutions, Kallik, is continuing to strengthen its client facing activities to enable its customers to extend their use of Kallik’s flagship AMS360product. This initiative follows the appointment of Rob Frymus as Customer Success Manager last year, to help customers optimise their labelling and artwork processes around a single, cloud-based solution.

“Many of Kallik’s customers originally invested in AMS360 to solve a specific business challenge, whether this be for primary, secondary or tertiary print.” commented Rob. “With our customers now having successfully deployed our solution to satisfy their initial use cases, more and more are seeking to expand its use across the whole enterprise.”

Uniquely, Kallik AMS360print enables highly regulated industries including pharma, medical device, chemicals and cosmetics to bring all their labelling and artwork processes under one single platform. This vastly simplifies the artwork creation, approval and print processes across the entire supply chain – including engagement with 3rd parties. It also reduces the risk of non-compliance as each activity is recorded, time-stamped, auditable and reportable.

Recent new wins with tier 1 organisations in the medical device and chemicals verticals plus an existing client base that is extending the application of Kallik’s software, suggests that the industry sees clear benefit from adopting a flexible cloud-based approach to labelling and artwork management. As our customer base continues to grow, our client services team will be busy ensuring that as a company, we continue to develop and deliver products and services that will shorten time to market and minimise risk of non-compliance.

Commenting on the role of the client services team, Neil Gleghorn, Chief Executive Officer of Kallik adds, “As we continue to expand our business into new markets and industries, it is essential that we continue to support our existing base of customers. New capabilities we’re introducing in the product to support the needs of our new customers will have a clear impact and benefit on our installed base. It is the responsibility of the client success team to ensure every Kallik customer benefits from our ongoing investment.”

Improved usability in 5.3 release and customer driven functions from the Artwork Management experts

5.3-am-macbookTamworth, UK, May 27, 2015 – Industry’s leading provider of artwork management solutions, Kallik, today announced a major software release featuring updated user interface and new functions designed to deliver greater efficiency and usability.

The latest release focuses on the continuing improvements of the overall user experience (UX) and user interface (UI), with additional features as requested by their valued clients.

“As part of the ongoing development here to improve the UI, UX and supporting technology of the Kallik solution, we are happy to announce the arrival of AMS 5.3 which focuses on improvement within the content and asset manager functions.” explains Kallik UI & UX Designer Luke Poulton.

Building on the already powerful search capabilities comes an ‘infinite scroll down’ within the search results. This will now display artwork related assets on the page, increasing visibility and reducing iterations of each page.

The latest upload functions include ‘drag and drop’ where users can upload files from their desktop and in addition to that ‘multiple files’ allows users to upload in a single instance, reducing the upload time dramatically.

Improved functionality also sees the results folders and lightboxes combined to reduce complexity of collating, sharing and reusing assets, making for a faster and simpler process.

In addition to the key takeaways, improved responsiveness of the search engine and a continuing upgrade of the user interface, improves the overall user experience greatly. Simple, intuitive and fresh, were the key drivers in the 5.3 release of the Kallik solution.

Kallik clients play a central role in shaping the new look, feel and usability of the solution.  Web-conferences and demo sessions are being set up for all clients to view the forthcoming functionality within this release. “These show and tell sessions are key to expanding on how the new functionality can be applied to better meet our clients business needs.’ Poulton added.

Client’s requirements will always be at the forefront of future releases. From road map discussions to suggestions logged on our quality system, all help drive this continuous improvement for a smarter, simpler, more compliant future with Kallik.

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries.

Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork. This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Vita Health, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

HS061214_SM_2541By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik

Just look around you. What do you notice? Everything is starting to be integrated.You may well be reading this on an iPad, just after you booked a train ticket for a business meeting or set to ‘record’ a cool new series on Sky that you’d been texted by a friend about.  Or you might be in a client’s office on an overseas trip, thinking about how to connect to the local corporate network to get the latest product schematics you want to show to the client. The latter is probably a simpler task but, I would guess, much more difficult and frustrating to achieve.

If we were talking just round the corner, we might well be adding how you have just changed the temperature in your flat via this great new Internet of Things app the gas company’s sent you – which you might well have accessed by a ‘wearable’, like the second generation Google Glass spectacles you are sporting, or your new Apple Watch.

The thing that ties all this great communication between devices, applications, systems and people is integration.

The problem is we have more and more seamless integration around us, apart from in the one place that it might make a huge difference: work – the enterprise.

The reality is that we already have sensors in power tools that can do a better job of linking and sharing data safely and easily – and while I can call you from Hong Kong and get a perfect signal, it’s still a lot clunkier than it should be to access a system in America or a printer in Singapore even inside the same company.

From dream to practical reality – at last?

We’d like to play a role in changing that; specifically, Kallik is striking some very interesting partnerships that we think will make this much easier to do.

We’re going to be making some exciting announcements in the fourth quarter that will show how you can connect and share data across applications and systems in a really effective, but also safe way – making the aspiration of integration we have had for so long in enterprise IT (wasn’t that what object oriented programming or the first wave of Web services was supposed to do?) more of a practicality.

An enterprise app should be able to do what consumer apps can do, after all – be easily accessed, interfaced with, opened up to work with other similar systems. It’s taken us too long to open up systems so we here are going to start with a bold step forward to change that. But its lead needs to be taken up by many others.

We will be making connectivity points available so that you can build applications that can easily connect and safely interrogate other key business systems from a new open platform Kallik that is constructing.

Sorry to tantalise!

This is the fruit of work that we’ve been doing to solve some very specific industry issues – and we have found it is applicable to a much wider set of problems, which is very useful.

We will be doing this in a quality-assured way – what we will allow you to share will be enterprise-grade, we promise you. Incidentally, this is not old-fashioned middleware – it’s much more about standards and openness than that.

That’s all I can really say about this fantastic new integration push at the moment – sorry! But expect a lot more in 2015, when there will be news about our first commercial implementation! Thanks for your time today and I look forward to telling you more about this as soon as I can.

Kallik has just published a whitepaper – ‘The Integrated Enterprise’– which is available to download here: https://www.kallik.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Kallik-Integrated-Enterprise-Whitpaper.pdf

 

 

Tracey Edwards Quality Assurance Kallik– Seasoned compliance manager Tracey Edwards comes on board to ensure Kallik meets exacting quality assurance metrics –

Tamworth, UK: March 16, 2015 – Labelling content management leader Kallik is delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Edwards as its new dedicated quality assurance manager.

Tracey will be responsible for extending the British tech SME’s ISO9001:2008 internal quality management system (QMS) and TickIT plus compliance.  As well as leading on-going drivers for compliance with national and international standards and legislation.The new role is also expected to involve close interfacing with external auditors plus ensuring the execution of corrective/preventative action and compliance with service level agreements.

Tracey brings a CV steeped in compliance professionalism to the newly-created position, having extensive experience on both sides of the auditing fence.

Her 25-year plus exposure to pharmaceutical regulations GLP, GCLP, GMP is a major asset for Kallik, including as it does over two decades at AstraZeneca encompassing 12 years of MHRA & FDA audit inspections, as well as a number of years as  a  global quality & compliance manager at with Johnson Controls (JCI)  Integrated Lifescience.

Tracey sees her mission as applying her extensive industry knowledge to take Kallik’s entire quality management approach to a global leadership level.

“Kallik takes compliance very seriously, putting quality solutions and services at the heart of the business,” she said.

“Kallik’s passion for both its solution and customer service is infectious, so I’m looking forward to working closely with the team and will enjoy the challenge of working on all aspects of compliance.

Tracey adds that her ‘mantra’ is Ruskins’ statement that, ‘Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort’ – and that in her new role, “I know no-one at Kallik will disagree.”

Neil Gleghorn, Chief Executive Officer of Kallik added,  “Tracey’s hugely impressive compliance and auditing experience and solid track record in regulatory campaigns at international manufacturing organisations, combined with our own commitment to quality, will meet our customers’ needs and without question help our business overall.”

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries. Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork.  This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Estee Lauder, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

PR Contact

Carina Birt

PR for Kallik

carina@sarumconsultancy.co.uk

+44 1722 411150

HS061214_SM_2562Labelling content & artwork management leader Kallik’s founder and CEO Neil Gleghorn to present fresh thinking at a major life sciences conference: why now is the time to solve the sector’s content challenges

Tamworth, 9 February, 2015 – Labelling & Artwork management leader Kallik founder and CEO Neil Gleghorn has been invited to deliver a presentation at CSC Life Sciences’ ‘Life Sciences Forum: Innovation for Business Growth’ event.

At the major life sciences conference, scheduled for February 11-12 in Malaga, Spain Gleghorn will present on how the sector can best address the labelling challenges accumulating for players in the industry.

Gleghorn will draw on his extensive knowledge and understanding of the pharma industry’s specific challenges (key to his winning a PharmaVOICE 100 place last year, an award that celebrates the most influential people in the life sciences industry).

Gleghorn will look at typical artwork and labelling practices before outlining the business context: how pharma is battling rising product recalls, to how the medical device field is being forced to respond to latest UDI regulations to how cosmetics firms are tackling new labelling requirements.

This set of circumstances, Gleghorn will argue, means that centralising the creation and management of Labelling and Artwork Management (LAM) needs to be much higher on the C-Suite’s agenda.

For Gleghorn, “The amount of regulation and legislation coming our way has never been higher, forcing the need to have a robust, transparent process in place to deal with this compliance.

“Members of the pharma community need to make labelling a top priority or face major penalties, as well as suffer inefficiencies in their business.”

Kallik has been at the forefront of dealing with these issues, having over a decade helped firms capture and manage labelling-based content digitally so as to transform the way large national and international brands bring products to market.

Gleghorn’s commitment to that vision has helped the UK firm become a truly global player, working with some of the world’s biggest companies in regulated markets including the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetics and chemicals vertical sectors.

Gleghorn is available for interview at the Life Sciences Forum on Wednesday February 11 on the need for robust labelling processes: for further information and for interviews, please contact Sarum.

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of Labelling & Artwork Management software solutions (LAM) that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries: Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured content-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork. This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. Its flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay, VitaHealth and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com, or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

PR Contact

Carina Birt

PR for Kallik

carina@sarumpr.com

+44 1722 322916

According to Neil Gleghorn, CEO of UK-headquartered artwork management specialist Kallik, the full impact of imminent Classification, Labelling And Printing (CLP) changes have yet to be fully grasped by the packing industry. So beware!

While the packaging sector is no stranger to a fast-changing business environment, it is nevertheless about to face a storm of compliance change for which it has to be ready.

CLP, the key upcoming Classification, Labelling and Packaging European Union regulation, is the heavy weather in question. The problem is that even for organisations confident they are fully abreast of its intricacies or even fully engaged in implementing them, customers on the front line of CLP preparations are reporting that there are unforeseen CLP challenges that may well trip you up.

To read the full article, please visit the Packaging Europe website: http://www.packagingeurope.com/Packaging-Europe-News/61304/What-You-Dont-Know-Yet-About-CLP.html

 

 

By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik

HambletonBardLagerHomeBrewKitThese are the things in life that should be home-made:

  • Food = lovely meals!
  • DIY = yes, but nothing structural or supporting walls!
  • Greetings cards = nothing nicer than a bit of care and craft to make something really personal!

These are the things in life that should never be home-made:

  • Alcohol. (Home brewing your beer is something we all quietly stopped doing in the ‘80s)
  • Furniture. (Unless you are Mouseman level are never going to end up with anything quality, my friend.)
  • Any form of transport. (Apart from a scooter for your 5 year old, it’s not really on, is it?)

Nothing controversial there, I reckon, so I’m going to shake you up a bit, perhaps, with one more – for business this time, though:

  • Business systems.

By which I mean this:

I wish we didn’t keep coming across internally-created ‘solutions’ that aren’t really contributing that much to the business – but which seem set to last in the company until the End of Time.

The rocket powered tank school of thought

What do I mean by ‘home-made’ system? Well, the Kallik team spends a lot of time out in the field, talking to our customers, the kinds of organisations dealing with packaging, artwork and labelling issues on a daily basis.

And up until fairly recently, our customers were often stuck when it came to dealing properly with packaging, artwork and labelling issues. So quite rightly, they spent time and resource intelligently dealing with them. They went to market to see what could be found off-the-shelf to help; they didn’t find anything, or at least anything that convinced them could work.

So they did what any sensible team would in such circumstances: they built their own solution.

And it worked. More or less. Still does.

More or less.

Here’s why I don’t think those kind of patch-the-problem, cobbled-a-bit-together systems really work well enough for you to keep them.

They only reflect your company’s experience – which should be all you need, but just isn’t.

It’s a bit like those ‘software engineer’ gags about what happens when you design a system based on a limited perspective.

You go to IT and say you need a vehicle to get you from A to B,  that has lots of power and can negotiate lots of surfaces.

They come back with a tank with a rocket strapped on the roof. Which is fine; it meets the spec, right?

What you actually wanted, though: a boat.

Ah.

The other problem with a home-made packaging, artwork and labelling solution that’s been created like this is that once the system is in place, you have about as much chance of getting it out again as David Moyes has of a welcome back to Old Trafford.

That’s due to a host of factors, including corporate inertia, politics, the fact it took people a long time to get used to using it. Even if it is unsatisfactory, the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ reluctance to not change anything persists.

All good business reasons – sincerely.

Nonetheless, it would be a lot simpler and much better for productivity if you stopped using the tank with the rocket on the roof – and just used the boat you always wanted.

The good news is that there is a ‘boat.’ No prizes for guessing I’m going to say it’s the Kallik AMS, but it is; we have built a system by mining the experiences of companies like yours, who have seen many faces of the packaging, artwork and labelling problem – and as a result, we have built a system that we know works, is robust, has great functionality and which we keep as modern, current and functional as we can.

I would love to see an end to home-made business systems.

Unless you like using the business equivalent of dodgy homebrew lager – or a chair that you really couldn’t ask any guest to sit on with full confidence?