Traceability is the ability to trace all processes from procurement of raw materials to production, consumption and disposal. Product quality and the rise in safety awareness are making traceability a very important asset into a lot of fields and industries, such as automotive, electronics, food, health and pharmaceutical. Traceability has been defined in the ISO 9001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization.

Today companies need to be up to the task to ensure continuity throughout the flow in the supply chain and quality control, that is why end to end business traceability is gaining a lot of recognition.

The effective management of quality and traceability information has become critical to the strategic and competitive success for a lot of companies.

The Problem

Traceability is widely utilized for preventing recall problems, minimizing damages, and especially to ensure quality management.

Without traceability, it is not possible to provide solution strategies that positively impact their indicators. Food and health industry, for example, is going through an increasing customer and legislative emphasis on both quality and safety, the regulations and the mandate for traceability systems, are creating pressure and set the bar very high on the performance of companies.

Therefore, the deficiencies related to inventory management prevent companies to make efficient integration of the factors involved in the supply chain. It also hinders the correct application of the processes to which the products are subjected, ranging from the assortment of raw materials to the warehouse, to delivery to the final consumer; making the related information unreliable.

The Implications

Traceability is a major factor for companies today; so a poor control and a bad management of the supply chain causes direct economic losses, as well as having an effect on the rest of the logistics chain, as it generates significant decreases in productivity that end up interfering in business processes and thereby subtracting the competitiveness of their economy, by not being able to identify where the problems or the opportunity areas are in the process and do something about it.

For some companies, the lack of traceability has an impact on their operational costs, increasing the lead time by making it harder to make well informed decisions due to the decreased availability of real time data; it also affects stock visibility that can influences the control of inventory volumes, which in turn can alter the value of insurance premiums, among others, because of control and quality issues which ultimately make products more expensive and less attractive.

The Solution

With LOVIS EOS companies have adequate traceability of their transactions and inventories, as well as the processes that impact the supply chain, having the ability to track and generate performance analysis of each movement of the products through the various stages, both in a forward and backward way. 

This is possible thanks to the ability to assign and identify lot numbers with all their attributions, such as, the supplier’s reference number, certificates of origin, expiration, location, purity of products, documentation, among other lot specifications, which results in being able to trace the processes that each of the products went through or in which status they are.

The Benefits

LOVIS EOS provides a solution to control material losses, manage waste, facilitate product localization, optimize inventories, maximize sales, measure supplier performance, increase productivity, and decrease production errors.

This way you can have the full story that helps to have an efficient decision-making in terms of quality, materials, process and even marketing, to guarantee the highest possible standards of product safety.

In addition to having other advantages, such as:

• Improved inventory management and control of product evolution.

• Allows analysis in product performance.

• Allows you to detect problems quickly and make decisions.Evaluate suppliers and materials.

• Evaluate suppliers and materials.

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