In today's globalized economy, in which companies now manufacture and distribute goods all around the world, the decision to meet global traceability standards is an undoubted necessity.
Modern companies are now a part of a chain formed by many other links called "partners". Among them there exists a flow of goods and data in real time, in which the standards and legislative compliance rules are passed from one link to another.
It is no longer possible for everyone to build individualized identification systems; causing additional work to other members of the chain, and not meeting safety standards designed for the end consumer will result in loss of sales, productivity and reputation.
Benefits of Using Traceability Standards
Following the globalized traceability standards will provide the following benefits:
- They are based on existing business practices, no need to invent anything new
- They use a common language across more than 140 countries
- They provide an overview of the supply chain
- A global relationship of other "chain partners" is established with confidence andd ease\
- They are flexible and work seamlessly between different sectors
- They are designed to comply with the European and global laws and regulations of each country
- They will allow you to complete traceability audits without any difficulty
Many other benefits exist when complying to traceability standards. When internal traceability works, you will see a great increase in process optimization, visibility will enable real-time decision making so you can minimizing risk and save on valuable resources and time.
Traceability and the Supply Chain
Traceability standards are numerous, however we have detailed here the most widely used standards:
- For "unit product" Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
- For the "localization" of a product or action on it, Global Location Number (GLN)
- For serialization of "freight shipments" Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
- To share information "BARCODE" GS1-128
- To share information "RFID" Electronic Product Code. See: EPC Code
- For the "classification" of a product, Global Product Classification (GPC)