Resource Planning (ERP) systems, today revealed results of research,
carried out with senior executives in the food production and
distribution industry, which found that 64% are investing in IT systems
that enable access to real-time information across their businesses.
While 62% don't currently have access to real-time information across
every step of their supply chain, all of those surveyed can track and
trace a product batch across their own premises within 48 hours.
Of those investing in new IT systems, 70% highlighted greater reporting
for traceability as the main driver behind the move.
The Simply Dynamics survey was co-sponsored by Emydex and Safefood 360.
The survey was carried out in light of the recent meat controversy, to
examine the Irish food industry's future plans to manage the large
amounts of financial, production, distribution and safety data they deal
with on a daily basis to ensure traceability.
Four out of five respondents made no changes to internal traceability
processes following the controversy.
Ger Foskin, CEO, Simply Dynamics commented, "We were surprised to find
that half of those surveyed still record the majority of their
traceability data on paper based records and not on their IT systems. In
the case of a crisis, having real-time access to all the relevant
traceability data will ensure the source of the problem can be quickly
identified and any necessary actions can be implemented immediately.
"In addition, in order to remain competitive and make effective business
decisions, managers need to have all the most recent data to hand at any
given point in time.
"The Irish food industry has a very strong reputation worldwide in terms
of its commitment to quality and standards. The majority have had very
stringent policies and procedures in place for many years in relation to
traceability and food safety. Innovations in technology are making it
easier for them to improve on these systems, make more informed
decisions and provide faster resolution to any issues.
"It is very positive to see so many organisations investing in IT
systems that will enable them to continue to advance the high standards
that have become expected of them."