Discover how the use of digital technology and intelligent supply chain assurance solutions can help protect brand reputation.
The global pandemic has accelerated the shift towards digital solutions, with companies around the world adopting technology into their day-to-day operations at speed.
In supplier auditing and supply chain assurance, in particular, BRCGS has witnessed the rapid adoption of remote technologies to offset issues around the inability to travel to and access sites. The success of this approach in achieving at least a level of ongoing compliance has accelerated a change in mindset. Questions are being asked about whether supply chain assurance should move from a series of interventions to manage risk to a more connected strategy to drive value and reduce risk. There’s a growing emphasis on continually improving performance, rather than simply complying with minimum standards.
This shift in mindset is being driven by technological advancements, increasingly complex business models and supply chains, and a greater focus on product integrity. How would it affect your business? A study carried out by MIT revealed that 81% of companies do not have visibility across some aspects of their supply chain and 54% have no visibility at all.
Generating actionable intelligence
BRCGS and its sister brands, which are leaders in providing supply chain assurance solutions, are currently working with global brands and partners to develop intelligent assurance solutions that will address weaknesses in supply chain performance – issues that present an ever-growing threat to brands.
With access to over 45 million data points relating to audit and testing performance, as well as the ability to aggregate publicly-available data sources, businesses can start to use data to take real-time decisions about how to manage supply chain risk and design monitoring strategies. Over time, this deep-level data analysis will also enable them to provide predictive insights into future areas of risk or opportunity.
Transforming this data into actionable intelligence provides supply chain transparency, enabling brands to protect their reputation, improve customer relationships, and build trust. It allows brands to manage ongoing product integrity and quality, as well as have greater control over emerging value drivers – such as a supplier’s cultural performance, environmental impact and social compliance.
Although technological advances have led to increased efficiency and developments in traceability, monitoring and testing, the threat of contamination of food or high-risk goods remains.
Increased visibility across the supply chain will support sourcing decisions, the differentiation of products in the marketplace and ultimately the delivery of a level of much-needed security for end-consumers.
This article was originally featured in the BRCGS Executive Update. This new quarterly email update is designed to provide leaders in the food and drink industry with up-to-date content on the trends shaping the future of the industry. We aim to connect you to opportunities to future proof your organisation, while raising revenues and staying ahead of regulation. Subscribe to see the full update and be the first to receive future update emails straight to your inbox.