Industry Benefits

  • Michele SouthallEmail author
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


Traceability is a supply chain visibility application that leverages event-based information about products to support track and trace, and recall. However, traceability is only one application of that information. As described in the real-world examples provided in this chapter, supply chain visibility information can also be used to enhance and improve many business processes, providing companies with on-going incentives and opportunities to improve their business and the bottom line.

Companies implementing supply chain visibility can make use of the data to achieve operational efficiencies and process improvements for inventory management, category management, asset management, quality management, and/or demand forecasting. Improving supply chain visibility can also help reduce errors during procurement and order fulfilment, thereby decreasing error rates and improving selection accuracy. Moreover, supply chain visibility can promote brand reputation and consumer confidence, advance food safety, and strengthen sustainability efforts. Supply chain visibility has bottom line benefits that drive a real-world return on investment (ROI) for implementing or enhancing traceability and supply chain visibility programs.


Traceability Visibility Supply chain Track Trace Recall Benefits ROI Food Safety 



Chief Executive Officer


United States Food and Drug Administration


Food Safety Modernization Act


GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network


Global Food Traceability Center


Institute of Food Technologists


Produce Marketing Association




return on investment


United Fresh Produce Association


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GS1 USChicagoUSA

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