Working toward a sustainable global supply chain - The Packer

Working toward a sustainable global supply chain

07/25/2014 09:50:00 AM
Robert Frost

In its 2014 Global Responsibility Report Wal-Mart cites the use of technology to ensure consistency and effectiveness across its compliance programs. In 2014 Wal-Mart has expanded the use of an audit tool to its international markets and began centralizing data collection systems to create a global view of compliance practices.

In addition, after successful implementation in the U.S of an automated food safety process and technology called Sustainable Paperless Auditing and Record Keeping, a project has been started to roll SPARK out to international markets over the next few years. SPARK utilizes handheld technologies, Bluetooth technology and temperature measuring devices to monitor and track food safety compliance at every store from a central system.

In addition to applications like that developed by Wal-Mart, information technology and whole-chain enterprise resource planning systems contribute to the successful achievement of supply chain sustainability goals and principles in areas like inventory management, paper reduction, logistics and many more.

Initiatives like the UN Global Compact and the FAB principles are important drivers in creating sustainable supply chains in the food industry.

Already leading technology companies like Linkfresh have stepped up to collaboratively create powerful whole-chain enterprise resource planning solutions that meet the specific needs of the industry and its quest for supply chain sustainability.

This model must continue to be replicated across industries for globally sustainable supply chains to become a reality of everyday business.

Robert Frost is CEO of Ventura, Calif.-based Linkfresh Inc. Contact the company at

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