Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Inc., a Subway® franchisee-owned organization, Featured in Forbes Magazine
IPC shares advantages of using GS1 Standards and the FoodLogiQ platform to reach full Supply Chain Traceability
The Independent Purchasing Cooperative Inc., a Subway® restaurant franchisee-owned organization, recently mentioned FoodLogiQ as its traceability partner-of-choice in a Forbes Magazine article, as well as a newly-released case study from GS1 US.
The Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC) handles the supply chain processes for all Subway restaurants globally, which is about 42,000 restaurants. The IPC manages the planning and execution of purchasing, distribution, logistics, and supply and demand.
In 2013, IPC launched an initiative to improve the quality of its product, with the ultimate goal of achieving end-to-end visibility across its supply chain. They began the process by using GS1 Standards for product identification and sharing, which is a critical element of building the foundation for traceability.
“Today our suppliers and distributors ‘speak the same language’ via those standards to uniquely identify their products and locations, as well as to exchange product information through the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®),” says Lucelena Angarita, Director of Supply Chain Systems and Systems at IPC. “Using GS1 Standards, we’ve made great strides in executing operational efficiencies, reducing supply chain costs, and saving time and labor costs.”
In 2015, IPC selected FoodLogiQ, a certified GS1 US Solution Partner, as its traceability technology provider and began using its Track + Trace product to help IPC capture and connect critical tracking event data. This would allow them to know exactly where products are by batch or lot number and expiration date. FoodLogiQ also helped IPC trading partners synchronize their supply chain events.
With the data FoodLogiQ aggregates from suppliers and distributors, IPC can ingest it into their systems and create their own dashboards and reports that show how many of their suppliers, distributors, and restaurants are scanning deliveries, the percentage of products being scanned, and more. Using those dashboards, IPC can identify the gaps across the entire supply chain, enabling transparency in its ever-evolving system.
“So many companies are quick to adopt new technologies, such as blockchain, AI, or IoT, without first understanding their business challenges or laying the most basic foundation that demands complete and accurate data,” said FoodLogiQ CEO Sean O’Leary. “IPC did the exact opposite; they set long-term traceability goals, created a plan using industry standards and best practices to ensure high-quality data, and established a culture of food safety and supply chain transparency they can be proud of. FoodLogiQ is privileged to support IPC and Subway in its vision to elevate supply chain practices through traceability.”
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