EOL / SKU Management

Companies develop and launch new products consistently, but struggle with the decision to retire aging products at the right time. The results may include poor margins, excess inventory, high support costs, and distraction of precious R&D resources. As part of its comprehensive product development framework, Accel helps clients implement disciplined practices for end-of-life product management. It begins early in the product definition phase and continues until the product is fully retired and customers are transitioned to new platforms. Most of Accel's end-of-life engagements include both the development of new retirement process along with a thorough SKU analysis to evaluate and retire existing products. With complete data, our clients can more comfortably make SKU reduction decisions and put up-front processes in place to keep SKU inventory under control.