Traceability Top of Mind at GS1 Event in Singapore
by Craig Hodgson, on October 24, 2017
As companies across all industries step up their efforts in adopting reliable track-and-trace systems to stay compliant and mitigate the risk of product recalls, there are a number of things to consider to help make the right decision. Fortunately, there are events like the Manufacturing Solutions Expo (MSE 2017), held this week from Oct. 25 - 27 at the Singapore Expo, where attendees can get a firsthand look at some of the latest solutions to optimize traceability and improve efficiency.
The GS1 Track & Trace Pavilion, booth D24 in the conference hall, will bring together five GS1 solution partners to showcase their hardware, software and applications, as well as participate in a lively panel discussion. Loftware will be there to highlight the inherent value of enterprise labeling in creating, managing, updating, printing and tracking barcode labels that are critical as products traverse the extended supply chain. Think about it; the printed label on the box or carton is the first thing that tells you where a product or part has been and where it’s going, among other essential information.
Achieving start-to-end traceability requires unique identification in all levels of packaging and supply chain labeling. This is where adherence to GS1 standards and barcodes—as well as adoption of solutions like enterprise labeling—come into play. But what are some of the other best practices to keep in mind when implementing your own traceability solution? Here are a few…
Managing the data. It’s imperative that you have accurate, consistent data stored in tightly managed databases from which you can integrate other systems/solutions without replicating the information in a separate place. Too many times we hear about companies still relying on spreadsheets to manage label data instead of integrating with and pulling data from sources of truth, whether that's their ERP, MES, PLM, regulatory or other system. Any changes made to these sytems of record are automatically reflected in the labels to ensure accuracy and consistency.
Taking an enterprise, organization-wide approach. You need to think holistically about traceability and ensure that it encompasses the key departments and players within an organization—from supply chain and regulatory to quality, IT and marketing. A successful traceability system is only successful if you have buy-in and active participation from your key stakeholders.
Including trade partners. As your supply chain continues to grow—especially as you look to enter new markets and expand your global footprint—you need to bring in your trusted partners as part of the traceability system. From a labeling perspective, this could mean sharing label templates over the web and having them print your labels with your critical data locally. Whether it’s a supplier or a 3PL or distributor, by extending your processes to partners, you have tighter control and better visibility into where products are across the supply chain.
Going to the MSE 2017 Expo? Be sure to stop by the GS1 Track & Trace Pavilion to learn more and take part in the panel discussion. Loftware will be there to explain why "Traceability Demands Enterprise Labeling" and will share with you some of our latest innovations to improve traceability, ensure GS1 compliance and respond faster to recalls and other events.
If you’re not attending, we invite you to check out the VDC Report, Enterprise Labeling: A Supply Chain Strategic Imperative, which addresses how companies can navigate today's complex labeling requirements and regulations, while achieving the speed and scalability to support global supply chains.