Thursday, 27 June 2013

Food Service Directors Rally for Common Supply Chain Data Management

Authored by Fayaz Haq

The Food Service Directors’ Group (FSDC), a new group of leading food manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and operators, is calling for trading partners to adopt a unique set of ID numbers in an attempt to clean up the industry's supply chain data.

The FSDC says there are three drivers for this initiative:

1. Increasing demand for food production information

2. Legislation around food and product safety

3. A growing and more dynamic supply chain

Although the FSDC is faced with a tremendous challenge of bringing the entire food industry together, if successful, the food industry could be a model of the supply chain of the future. This new approach would improve supplier relations, making it easier for manufacturers, operators and suppliers to work together. The key is data quality. The stronger and more accurate the information is throughout the supply chain, the better the odds are of products and services ending up in the right place, at the right time and for the right price.

Using a unique set of ID numbers across all trading partners would also enhance supply chain visibility. This visibility not only would aid with the transportation of goods, but would be a step in the right direction in the fight against food fraud.

Do you think that the food industry will come together for this initiative? The group says the move has the potential to drive of £100 million over the next five years.


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