Mondelez UK, which owns Cadbury, has become the first supplier to be certified in its use of GS1 supply chain standards through the GS1 UK Certificate of Excellence programme.
Rob Bullen, director customer supply & centre of excellence, Mondelez UK, said: “We joined the Certificate of Excellence Programme believing our processes and procedures were very robust, but the insights for me were that retailers and suppliers have become adept at working around data issues, rather than tackling them. While we may have experienced very few issues as a result of data errors, this was still causing avoidable downstream activity. As a result of the certification process we are now easier to do business with for our retail partners.”
“Trusted status” benefits suppliers through using electronic messaging to support more efficient goods in checks, quicker turnaround times on deliveries and fewer items rejected, while retailers can increase efficiency, capacity and more importantly get goods to shelf for customers quicker.
Customer Tesco said it had seen benefits. “Certificate of Excellence supports many standards of our new in-bound processes,” said Jim Dickson, Tesco E2E supply chain development manager. “It allows us to reduce dwell time from vehicle arrival to the product being available to assemble. It also helps us to support other product availability initiatives. We look forward to working with GS1 UK to roll-out the programme to all our leading suppliers.”
The certification programme comprises more than 100 checks for best-practice compliance with GS1 standards across suppliers’ processes and product information. The aim is to drive data quality, accuracy in deliveries and trust in the trading relationship.
Gary Lynch, CEO of GS1 UK, said: “The Certificate of Excellence programme is driving consistency and accuracy within the value chain, ensuring right first time deliveries from suppliers into retailers and enabling greater use of reduced checks across the industry. We are delighted that Mondalez UK have become the first supplier to be certified and are already seeing the business benefits of the Certificate of Excellence in their trading relationship with Tesco.”