End - to - end supply chain traceability has become the top business priority for the fashion brands and retailers.In fact, the McKinsey’ s report on the State of Fashion identifies Transparency as #1 priority for the fashion industry’s chief procurement officers (CPOs), sourcing and sustainability teams. However, there is a significant gap between the industry’s ambition to realize 100% product traceability against the lack of robust and scalable traceability technologies, systems and processes. To address this gap, several traceability solutions and approaches has emerged, spanning from digital traceability to physical tracer verification. In parallel, the leading sustainable brands and retailers have set up traceability as a distinct business function to ensure clear accountability for the product traceability. Overall, a key decision facing businesses embarking on the end-to-end supply chain traceability is how to choose an ideal traceability technology partner.
Verified point - of -origin Ensuring verified point of origin where the sustainable or certified materials are introduced in the supply network is fundamental to raw material traceability.This is one of the areas where blockchain technology can be creatively applied creating a“ digital twin” or“ tokens” for every kilogram of sustainable material at the point of origin.Digitization of physical fiber volume at the point of origin allows detailed material accounting and inventory record at product article and batch level across the entire supply chain.It eliminates the adulteration scenarios of ‘double counting’ of sustainable or certified materials under a paper or PDF based transaction certificates.
Fibre - forwards real time traceability The supply chain traceability system must capture real time transactions and shipments along the supply chain.This is referred to as the“ fibre - forwards” approach and creates real time inventory of sustainable materials across the value chain.A‘ garment - backwards’ approach to traceability primarily relies on self - declaration of each tier about their upstream supplier, and relies on historical unreliable data which is difficult to verify.
Standardized traceability data protocol The scalability across supply chain requires a standardized traceability data protocol to enable seamless exchange of data between suppliers and brands in a secure and verifiable manner.Standardized traceability data definition is a fundamental pre - requisite to automated data exchange between suppliers, brands and different traceability solutions.
Forensic fiber verification: The forensic(physical) verification of textile samples along the supply chain is a key building block of any robust traceability system.It significantly enhances the full digital supply chain traceability.The forensic verification could be based on DNA marker, pigment tracers, or natural isotope mapping methodologies.Smart integration between complete digital traceability and various physical verification approaches allows a‘ risk - based’ forensic verification of product samples based on the sourcing risk - profile instead of the random - sample basis.
Integration with ESG standards body The system should be able to integrate with key ESG standards body in the textile industry to automatically and reliably verify the environmental, social or governance sustainability credentials of manufacturing sites along the entire supply chain.A robust traceability system must reliably verify the ESG credentials of all participating actors across the textile supply chain.
At TextileGenesis, we have consciously designed our pioneering traceability platform around these five core business principles to ensure that brands, suppliers and our ecosystem partners have a robust and scalable traceability system.
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