We have spent some time having some backend productivity tools written. The main tools allows us to convert a manufacturers specifications, directly from their web site, into the format we display in the store product descriptions.
Apart for a little tweaking here and there, the tools have enabled us to produce product specifications in a matter of minutes instead of hours, which was the case when we would do the process of conversion by hand.
We still finish all product descriptions by hand, as no amount of tools that we could write, can understand English and do what we need to do to end up with good quality product descriptions.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.