10 Reasons Why Spreadsheets Don't Work For Food Supply Chain Management

Spreadsheets existed before computers, but it was computers that made them ubiquitous. While they're an important tool for small business owners, managing a food supply chain by spreadsheet is playing with fire - and you will get burned eventually.

Not only will a supply chain management platform give you a single source of truth across your organization (version control!), but easier supplier documentation and communication as well. When your supply chain data isn’t centralized, it’s only a matter of time before a recall or withdrawal situation exposes that weak link.

Here are 10 reasons why spreadsheets have no place in modern food supply chain management.

A Summary: The Foreign Supplier Verification Program

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average person in the U.S. consumes 1,996 pounds of food per year, and about one-fifth of that is imported. Since NAFTA’s inception, food imports have tripled. The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act responds to rising foreign food imports by requiring that foreign suppliers meet the same standards that domestic suppliers do.

Accordingly, three final rules were published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015, among them “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals.”

Why Modernization Is Utterly Essential To Incident Management

Quality incidents… the phrase probably makes you cringe, doesn’t it? No restaurant or business in the food and beverage industry is eager to think about compromised food quality and the negative effects that come with it; including sick customers, bad press, brand damage, fines, penalties, and recalls.

But the fact remains that such incidents do happen, even when you have what you think are the best preventive methods in place. The vital part is how you respond.

Are You Tracking All Your Non-Conforming Food Products?

The importance of food safety cannot be overstated in the current business climate. Every year there are roughly 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths that are attributable to foodborne diseases.

The majority of these originate from bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that are consumed and then wreak their havoc on the body. Although a lot of factors contribute to the spread of foodborne illnesses, they can largely be traced to restaurants, food manufacturers and suppliers.

Webinar: New Food Safety Reporting Features in FoodLogiQ Connect

Making informed decisions with your supply chain data is the key to modernization. Creating custom reports with your data - collected in a single, unified platform - unlocks big insights around your KPIs. 

When faced with choosing which reports to focus your time on, our Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives Jeff Ramsaur (from some of our past webinars) will present again. We hope you'll join us for this exclusive webinar to learn more about the 5 top custom reports for insights-driven food chain management.