Nestlé’s Supply Chain Leader Shares some Staggering Numbers

by Josh Roffman, on May 18, 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-05-18_at_11.33.46_AM.pngDay one at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive conference included a fascinating keynote by Chris Tyas, Senior Vice President Global Head of Supply Chain at Nestlé.

As one of the biggest companies in the world with 336,000 employees and sales in 189 countries, Nestlé has one of the most complex supply chains in the world.

During his presentation, Chris shared some amazing statistics about how much of the world’s goods it consumes in its manufacturing process.

·       10% Coffee

·       10% of Cocoa Beans

·       2% milk

·       2% sugar

·       1% vegetable oil

"There are more barcode scans in a day (5 billion) than there are Google Searches                   (3.5 billion)."

He also shared some staggering stats about how pervasive barcode labeling has become, saying that there are more barcode scans in a day (5 billion) than there are Google Searches (3.5 billion). Additionally, Chris spoke about the challenge of traceability in the food supply chain where the European horse meat scandal revealed that suppliers 6 levels deep in the supply chain were responsible for sourcing the mislabeled meat. He is a member of GS1’s Board of Directors and also talked about the ‘Blue Numbers’ initiative which offers a global registry for farmers to help provide better visibility from farm to fork in today’s global supply chain.

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