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Wikipedia defines product stewardship as "environmental, health, and safety protection centered on the product itself".  It's been an increasing focus of regulators, producers, consumers and activist groups the world over.  So much so that the depth and breadth of data points has now vastly increased. This has led to an increasing number of hurdles for those making and selling products. As market research firm Verdantix recently analysed, this new product stewardship challenge requires "organizations to organize, analyze and report an expanding information matrix":     Product composition and disposal, such as the EU’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive or the US SEC Conflict Minerals Rule.   Declaring and managing the chemical...

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Designers and engineers waste up to one day per week searching for data that is found only 50% of the time We estimate that globally around 20 million designers, engineers and product leaders are focused on making physical products. Their objective, broadly, is to make better products, faster. Research suggests, however, that designers and engineers waste up to one day per week searching for data that is found only 50% of the time. This results in poorer decisions that take more time to make. And when teams innovate, 30% of R&D spend duplicates research and work previously performed. Even if we allow for a large error margin, those...

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