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Traceability, stock control and labelling

Posted on 21st October, 2019 Traceability, stock control and labelling

What is batch traceability? 

Hygiene standards and food safety are rarely out of the headlines, with new reports of food products that have been stored incorrectly or contaminated. If a problem emerges with the quality of food products during storage, causing it to reach the consumer in a worse condition than it should do, then being able to track back to where and when the batch originated is an important part of the process.

To protect your business reputation, it is important that you partner with a good logistics operator

Batch traceability throughout the full product lifecycle

Food storage is always something that must be done with care and attention, with a high degree of visibility throughout.  Batch traceability throughout the full lifecycle of a product is very important. This traceability should be triggered as soon as the product becomes the responsibility of the logistics business, ensuring that each batch is easily identifiable to the warehouse team, quickly and accurately.

Integrating with SAP

Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP) technology enables batch traceability. SAP software is used widely in business, to assist companies with the management of business areas and operations, such as finances, logistics and human resources. It’s an essential tool in logistics and supply chain management and can also be used in manufacturing – at every stage from procurement to delivery of the final product to the customer. By using SAP, companies like us can provide real-time status reports on all stock and deliveries. This can pinpoint if the product is stored in a warehouse, is in a marshalling lane, already loaded or out for delivery. Even when it’s out on the road it can be tracked in real time every step of the way to its destination.

Identification through labelling and batch numbers

Products identified individually by their labelling and batch numbers are often nominated by the supplier. This will be done at the same time as a Best Before End (BBE) usage date is assigned to the product, if the product has a finite shelf life. It’s possible for a customer to use batch numbers to specify which products are to be sent to certain destinations, dependent on their BBE date. Products grouped together in a packing room, to become collated together into new batches (such as promotional packs), will be assigned their own new sort code. Howsoever a product is logged, either in its original batch or as part of a wider order, it is still possible to trace it all the way back to its original source code.

Such a high level of batch traceability is a crucial part of a successful logistics operation. In the event of a product recall, or other health or safety issues with a product, it doesn’t matter at what point this is discovered. If the issue needs addressing, the product can be located and recalled at the click of a mouse, or the touch of a keypad. In this way a good logistics company can safeguards both its clients’ integrity and the consumers’ safety.

Need a good logistics partner to safeguard your business?

Boughey Distribution has been involved in the ambient storage sector for many years and has considerable experience in both the storage and transport of foodstuffs. To ensure the appropriate degree of visibility required by our customers and clients is available, Boughey Distribution practices batch traceability throughout the full lifecycle of a product. This traceability is triggered as soon as the product becomes the responsibility of our business. Tracking and tracing is a complicated process, as we have over three million cases of products passing through our warehouse and distribution centre every week. These range from teabags and tinned produce, to healthy snack bars and energy drinks. Each batch must be easily identifiable to our warehouse team, quickly and accurately.

To find out how we can help with your warehousing and distribution needs, and strengthen your business, please get in touch.

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