Fully Understanding the Benefits of a Food Traceability System
A food traceability system enables a company to track food through all stages of a supply chain. It has many direct benefits, including increased food safety, visibility, and financial risk mitigation. As with any investment, it is important to fully understand all the benefits before making the commitment. In this blog, we will examine a few of the indirect benefits which can greatly assist an organization.
1. Improved Supplier and Distributor Metrics
Let’s begin with the main benefit of a food traceability system, visibility, and uncover some indirect benefits which come as a result. With traceability, a company can evaluate its suppliers and distributors with metrics such as on-time delivery percentage and shipment accuracy. A company is also able to identify how much of each product is in each stage of its end-to-end supply chain. This can help with forecasting and adds an element of agility to the supply chain.
2. Reduced Food Waste
Next, let’s discuss a benefit which results from identifying the tainted food from the edible during a recall. In the United States, food waste is estimated at 31% of the food supply. In the event of a recall, all tainted food must be withdrawn; by tracing food inventory’s sources and production information, a company can withdraw only the affected food items, reducing the amount of edible food waste by a tremendous amount. This also reduces the impact to inventory and avoids lost sales due to stockouts.
3. Supplier Accountability and Customer Trust
Finally, traceability creates a new level of supplier accountability, granting greater customer trust. Undeclared allergens are the most common reason for food recalls in the United States, but the root causes, including incorrect labeling or cross-contact of foods, are largely avoidable by holding suppliers accountable. For the 32 million Americans with food allergies, this trust is not to be trifled with.
Improve Food Safety with an Effective Traceability System
enVista has helped many organizations support food safety and traceability initiatives across a wide range of services, including developing a strategic traceability program, managing the execution of a traceability program, data validation, technical integration support, and change management. Let’s have a conversation.
To learn more about traceability, read enVista’s blog How to Validate Data for Better Supply Chain Traceability, or the white paper: The Case for GS1 Adoption in Supply Chain.