Transparency and traceability are watchwords when it comes to keeping track of goods on the move. Being able to follow an item or items at every stage of its logistics lifecycle means that whoever is responsible for the batch at any given time knows exactly its status and whereabouts.
Enabling total recall
In a worst case scenario, this level of traceability will be required when there is an emergency product recall. If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be withdrawn (i.e. taken off the shelves) or recalled (when customers are asked to return the product). The Food Standards Agency issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a Food Alert for Action is issued and anyone can make Freedom of Information (FOI) requests via the government’s website firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which products have been withdrawn or recalled and by whom.
A product recall occurs when an issue has arisen with the product that could result in the product being harmful to humans or animals, or create the risk of legal action. A typical issue is food becoming contaminated which makes it inedible and/or toxic. In America over 3000 food products were recalled in 2016 according to US Food and Drug Administration Enforcement reports, while in the UK, product recalls are thankfully a rare occurrence these days, due to its stringent food regulations.
Traceability is key
The traceability of products makes it so much easier to locate and intercept a product in transit to its retail destination, or at its final destination where it is being sold to consumers. The traceability is triggered as soon as the product becomes the responsibility of the logistics business. This will probably be at warehouse storage level, where the product is being warehoused prior to freighting. SAP technology facilitates the location of products at the touch of a button and having this availability at your disposal makes it very simple to find damaged goods.
Boughey Distribution has a SAP system in place that enables us to provide real-time status reports on all stocks and deliveries. Products will be individually labelled and batch numbered by their supplier. This number, once assigned, can be found even if the product becomes part of a wider packaged order. SAP is perhaps the most important innovation to have been introduced to the logistics sector in the last two decades. Worldwide more than 300,000 customers make use of SAP products to carry out their daily business – this is not just in the logistics sector, but across sales, manufacturing, human resources and marketing. SAP is vital to Boughey’s offering and is used to deliver real-time status reports on all stock and deliveries. Using the product’s source code or batch code it can identify if the product is currently stored in a warehouse, or out in transit.If you’re looking to work with warehouse and distribution experts, to provide safeguards to your customers when it comes to batch traceability, get in touch with Boughey today.