Innovations need ideas. With the introduction of Valuedesk, the Dr. Wolff Group in Bielefeld consciously relies on input from external partner companies as competent idea providers.
Valuedesk provides the right solution through so-called Open Value Innovation.
This is where ideas are collected and categorised and their implementation controlled – a collaboration that pays off for both parties.
The Dr. Wolff Group is a global player. The family holding consists of the firms Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG (medicinal products) and Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG (cosmetics).
Alpecin, Plantur, Alcina and Linola are just a few of the strong brands produced by Dr. Wolff.
Growth abroad, particularly on the markets in China, Singapore, England, Hungary and South Africa, has led to increased sales in recent years.
In addition to the development in turnover growth, increased cost reduction is one of the main goals of the Dr. Wolff Group. The introduction of the Valuedesk solution has deepened cooperation between the two companies in the Dr. Wolff Group and enhanced the transparency of optimisation processes.
“For a company with numerous brands, networked collaboration, the exchange of knowledge and transparency in optimisation processes through Valuedesk all represent a real economic advantage”, says Christoph Harras-Wolff, Managing Partner at the Dr. Wolff Group.
Awareness of savings potential was heightened. Realignment and restructuring initially occurred in Purchasing. “Purchasers become value drivers”, says Torsten R. Bendlin, citing the applicable catchword. “Dr. Wolff aims to enhance competitiveness even further through Valuedesk to ensure the continuance of our company among major corporations. Suppliers and external partners will be integrated in this process as additional innovation drivers”, explained Torsten R. Bendlin, CEO of Valuedesk.
Systematic processes and approaches were anchored firmly in the daily working routine.
Employees were provided with the necessary tools for this process in a variety of workshops and training courses. In the meantime, controlling and packaging development are the first of further technical departments to be attached to Valuedesk. Other departments will follow.
Experts from Valuedesk provide continuous support for this process. For example, Valuedesk arranged the Dr. Wolff Suppliers’ Day in 2018 which was a perfect opportunity to introduce external companies to Open Value Innovation in greater detail and stimulate their enthusiasm for the concept. What is involved is a form of cooperation in which companies and their partners can work together in a direct relationship which is also extremely transparent and innovative. Ideas for optimisation can be submitted to Dr. Wolff by email and are transformed directly into an entry in Valuedesk. Access to Valuedesk is unnecessary for this purpose. Around 100 external partners and suppliers were involved during the Suppliers’ Day. “The Valuedesk solution enables the integration of suppliers in our processes, mutual expansion of business and the quicker and simpler achievement of a win-win situation. We regard deeper integration of the right suppliers with innovative drive in our processes as a very important issue”, explains Christoph Harras-Wolff.