During discussions on supply chain management it is common to see the words ‘transparency’ and ‘traceability’ used as interchangeable terms. In fact, they define very different concepts.
Transparency refers to the capture and transference of ‘high-level’ information along the supply chain. The captured data is specific and accurate, relating to a product’s components, the names of suppliers, the location of facilities, associated certificates, and so on.
Transparency allows a business to map its entire supply chain, gaining better visibility of all the economic operators along that supply chain. The management system captures specific information relating to each supplier – for example, facility certification, certifying bodies, expiration dates, and even a copy of the certificate. Better visibility also means a brand or retailer can check each operator is compliant with safety, sustainability and social responsibility requirements.
Implementing the tools necessary to achieve transparency can be done with relatively low impact on existing processes and systems. Once the right solution is found, it can be used for all product types and easily scaled up to meet the needs of global supply chains.
The information captured during traceability is more granular, relating to individual ingredients or components; this might be batch-lot data (catch/harvest date, field data, etc.), purchase order (PO) data, and other operational information. Whereas transparency focuses on mapping the whole supply chain, traceability looks at individual batches of components or purchase orders as they progress through the supply chain. The specificity of the data used in traceability allows more targeted recalls, reducing scale and cost.
PIMM™ Cold Chain Management (CCM) provides “end to end visibility” for your cold chain. The system monitors, analyzes and manages the entire distribution process from supplier plants, 3rd party carriers, 3rd party cold storage/distribution centers, outbound delivery fleet and in-store cold storage.
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