Transparent Path Launches Seafood Supply Chain Audit Service
Seattle, Washington, USA-based technology company Transparent Path launched a new supply chain audit service at 2022 Seafood Processing North America in mid-March in Boston, Massachusetts, USA .
The company also offers a software platform that uses IoT sensors, cloud collaboration and artificial intelligence to provide manufacturers, processors, logistics partners and retailers of seafood and other perishables the ability to see and act on supply chain issues in real time.
Transparent Path’s supply chain audit service focuses on reducing risk and inefficiency in food supply chains. It uses interviews with leaders, team members, other stakeholders and suppliers to identify pressure points that cause bottlenecks or additional costs, providing a baseline report that examines issues and provides recommendations for workflows and operational changes to reduce supply chain friction. The Transparent Path audit also provides metrics regarding the environmental and social impacts created by the resulting operational changes, offering them in a usable format for reporting to stakeholders.
Transparent Path CEO Eric Weaver, who previously led Xerox’s customer experience practice, said the start-up created the auditing service in response to issues he saw in the delivery chain. supply following pandemic-related disruptions. He said seafood companies are facing supply chain “chaos” exacerbated by the ripple effects of the pandemic on port quarantines, labor shortages and shortages of supplies. ‘equipment,
“We feel the pain that supply chain managers are going through right now,” Weaver said. “Our audits can mitigate some of that, with concrete, actionable insights that can inform management teams. Their price will also be considerably lower than what a Big 4 consulting firm might charge. And while audits are snapshots, our recommendations are permanent. We don’t just want to create a one-size-fits-all report that gets old quickly. We will also provide an audit scorecard that will standardize metrics and approach. This will allow our customers to conduct their own audits in the future.
Other Transparent Path executives include Lauren Adler, the company’s chief product officer, who previously worked as a supply chain integration manager for Amazon, and Paulé Wood, a former last-mile specialist at Amazon.
“Current conditions make it incredibly difficult for leaders to step back and identify risk areas,” Adler said in a press release. “Supply chain teams need the help of senior management to hire the right resources and get their lives back. That’s where we can help. By taking an objective outside look at the operations of the supply chain, we can identify, justify and propose fixes. These fixes can reduce the pressures we are currently seeing. Ultimately, we can find ways to reduce the stress leaders are under and create a positive impact on the planet, people and profits.”
Weaver said Transparent Path’s services are designed to fulfill its mission to keep food and capital out of landfills, and can create lasting improvement in seafood industry practices.
“The need to demonstrate traceability in the seafood industry is a growing concern for producers, processors, brokers, distributors and retailers. Companies are under pressure to guard against illegal fishing, overfishing, unethical sourcing, animal mismanagement and bycatch. Food safety, recall effectiveness and new traceability regulations are also major concerns,” he said. “These emerging traceability platforms collect and use traceability data, which is great. But that only covers part of the problem.
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