Subway Restaurants Implementing Traceability
Since traceability is a key component of TRXio, we are constantly looking for examples to illustrate its positive impact on supply chain efficiency. We recently wrote about Starbucks’ journey to traceability, a pilot program that tracks the “bean to cup” journey. In addition to Starbucks, we also learned that Subway, which has nearly 30,000 franchise-owned restaurants in North America, is attempting to implement traceability. The article, “Subway Restaurants’ Journey to Traceability: Blockchain Is At The Back Of The Bus,” discusses how the fast food company has set a goal is to implement traceability in its business operations.
What is Traceability?
In a nutshell, traceability tracks the movement of an individual item from its origin to the end of its useful life, offering data on who comes into contact it along the way. This allows businesses to know exactly where products are, who is handling them and how to increase the efficiency of item movement processes. In the end, traceability maximizes efficiency, reduces loss, increases profitability, and fosters employee accountability.
What are GS1 Standards?
According to its website, “GS1 provides a framework for real-time tracking, traceability and supply chain optimization.” Subway is attempting to achieve traceability through GS1, a nonprofit organization that provides a “common language to identify, capture and share supply chain data– ensuring important information that is accessible, accurate and easy to understand.” While GS1 standards are frequently used in the food industry, they are also utilized in the retail, healthcare, transportation and logistics and technical industries. GS1 barcodes, which are scanned more than six billion times every day, provide a standard for the food industry. According to an article with an interview in Supply Chain Scene, Executive Spotlight,” Lucelena Angarita, Subway’s Director, Supply Chain Traceability, Independent Purchasing, says that when issues arise, Subway uses unique identifiers to locate products. The company also uses GS1 standards to capture and share data.
Scanning for Traceability
In the Supply Chain Scene article, Angarita also mentions that “98% of Subway’s products now have traceable barcodes and 94% of suppliers are now sending daily shipment data from their plants to the distribution centers. Additionally, distributors are making their scans available to 9,100 Subway restaurants. The scanning also provides access to lots of valuable data.
TRXio Takes Traceability to the Next Level
While using GS1 barcodes provides the framework to achieve traceability, TRXio takes traceability a step farther. TRXio provides item-level inventory traceability, which tracks an individual item through its entire life cycle, providing access to valuable data and maintaining the identity of the organization or product.
TRXio offers innovative scanning technology using LiveQRCodes to improve traceability. The scanning technology not only improves traceability, but it also makes the supply chain more efficient. Scanning technology improves the overall inventory management process to prevent picking errors, boost productivity and improve billing processes.
TRXio’s track-and trace technology allows users to create a time-stamped, step-by-step process that includes information such as who handled the item along the supply chain. It also has special tracking capabilities include kitting, master cartons, bulk items, geo-locations and more. It also allows users to turn data into usable information to make better, more profitable business decisions.
If you are interested in learning more on how TRXio help you achieve traceability in your organization, please contact us at 844-868-7225, or click on the button below to schedule a demo.