Planbox Press Release – Grupo Familia Joins the Planbox Innovation Management Family

MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2018 — Grupo Familia, a global company specializing in personal care and hygiene products, has selected Planbox as its innovation management solution provider.

Planbox powers the innovation portal where ideas, suggestions and feedback, submitted by more than 2,500 Grupo Familia employees, are collected and managed. Grupo Familia plans to launch a stream of innovation challenges on a regular basis, some aimed at the entire company while others will target specific departments or use cases. Workflow and business rules have been configured in Planbox to evaluate ideas as they progress through multiple stages and phases.

Initially, 2500 users, most of which are Grupo Familia employees will access the innovation management system. The company plans to invite some of its suppliers to participate in future crowdsourcing and open innovation activities. The system will be used in English and Spanish across Latin America primarily in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Peru. Planbox has been integrated with Grupo Familia’s Active Directory system for single sign-on (SSO) user authentication.

Experience with another commercial innovation management application helped Grupo Familia quickly zero in on the right solution to address the shortcomings it had experienced along its journey to build a sustainable culture of and system for innovation. The evaluation phase took three months including extensive vendor research and selection. Grupo Familia considered seven vendors and communicated with three with the closest fit for more detailed product demonstrations and discussions.

Planbox was selected for the following reasons:

  • Highly configurable system with zero customization: Planbox was chosen over other platforms because it was easy to configure to suit Grupo Familia’s requirements. The company was very interested in creating its own unique look and feel that fits the organization’s online branding and other web properties. Planbox system empowered the Grupo Familia innovation team to do just that.
  • Price Value: Planbox is a complete platform and has most of the capabilities other vendors offer in a competitively priced packaged offering.
  • Usability: With the demo Planbox provided, Grupo Familia’s innovation team was able to evaluate how easy it would be for its 2,500+ users to navigate and interact with the platform with minimal training.
  • Great Latin American references also helped build additional confidence that Planbox will provide timely global support to customers in the region.

With Planbox, Grupo Familia expects to be more efficient, agile and consistent when it comes to challenge-driven innovation. Also Grupo Familia intends to improve participation and collaboration for creative problem solving among all of Grupo Familia´s employees and community. Using the Planbox innovation management platform, Grupo Familia will take its innovation model across all the countries and regions in which it operates.

“The Planbox platform flexibility is outstanding, also the commercial and implementation team have been very diligent and kind throughout the entire solution review and implementation process. A really tailor-made platform for managing our innovation model,” stated Esteban de Bedout, Open Innovation Analyst at Grupo Familia.

“Planbox has configured the platform to fit our innovation model without any major discrepancies, it feels great when your software suppliers respect your own way of operating and gives useful advice instead of trying to implement their methods,” added Nicolas Osorio, Innovación / Innovation Team Leader at Grupo Familia.

To see the official press release on Grupo Familia Joins the Planbox Innovation Management Family click here.

About Grupo Familia

We generate well-being through care, hygiene and cleanliness solutions that build leading brands, creating value for interest groups and profitability for shareholders.

59 years of history looking to generate Well-being. Our portfolio is produced in seven plants; it is distributed through Distribution Centers and reaches consumers by being commercialized in 22 countries.

We have four plants in Colombia, one in Ecuador, one in Argentina and one in the Dominican Republic. We employ 5,312 people. We have 38 lines in five categories with leading brands in the markets. To learn more please visit

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based AI-Powered Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Planbox is built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Bridgestone, BP, Great-West Life, Honeywell, Panama Canal Authority, Philips, Sealed Air, Sun Life Financial, Whirlpool, Willis Towers Watson and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: and unleash your innovation butterfly.