IFS Logistic closes the gap between the production and retail levels, thus ensuring transparency and quality assurance throughout the entire chain of food supply. The standard is suitable for both food and non-food products, and encompasses all logistic activities such as: transport, storage, distribution, loading/unloading, etc.
The IFS Logistic was drawn up by German and French retailers, working in collaboration with other international retailers and experts. The standard, which was specifically created to fulfil this business sector’s requirements, focuses strongly on systematic and comprehensive hygiene and risk management, stock management (first in/first out), temperature control, and traceability.
IFS Logistic – for whom?
The IFS Logistic is applicable to all organizations within the transportation and logistics sector, to warehouses and third-party merchants with forwarding and storage activities of their own. The requirements apply to organizations providing all types of logistic services, regardless of temperature (frozen, refrigerated, or without cooling) or means of transport (by road, rail, ship, etc.)
More and more retailers, producers of retailer-branded goods, and warehouse clients require their logistic service providers to be certified to IFS Logistic. Organizations with their own logistics department need to fulfil the requirements of the International Food Standard IFS
- Improved quality and safety throughout the entire chain of supply; from production to forwarding, warehousing, and delivery to the retail customers
- Evidence of systematic hygiene and risk management in warehousing and transport
- Ensure good hygiene practice, continuous traceability, and optimal handling of all goods in stock
ISO 28000 Security Management System for the Supply Chain
ISO 28000 is a security standard for all organizations that are part of a supply chain; starting with production, warehousing, distribution (to include the entire chain of transport by road, rail, sea, or air), all the way through to the recipient. With the implementation of a security management system according to ISO 28000, an organization improves reliability and security throughout the entire chain of supply. High-value merchandise or hazardous goods can be transported around the globe and stored more safely.
The standard is designed for organizations wanting to improve their safety processes in regards to prevention, implementation, traceability, and documentation. Furthermore, a security management system contributes significantly to increasing security awareness on all levels of the organization. Safety standards that have already been implemented (AEO, C-TPAT, TAPA, etc.) can be bundled into one comprehensive system according to ISO 28000. Internationally active organizations thus achieve faster, more cost-effective, and better-documented processing of their day-to-day business.
Advantages and opportunities:
- Reduction of theft, vandalism, criminal acts, etc.
- Implementation of appropriate security measures, after an analysis of risk
- Increased security for value-generating processes (e.g. storage processes)
- Bundling of various international security initiatives (ISPS, AEO, TAPA, …)
- Improved customer confidence and less risk of liability
GC-Mark Certified Green Logistics
So you have integrated an effective environmental management system. Are you integrating this in your overall marketing strategy?
Sustainable products and services are no longer niche-products: they are essential for a future-orientated corporate strategy. As in any other industry sector, transportation companies also face the need to position themselves in this regard. But where does one draw the line between greenwashing and professional environmental management and what is the most efficient strategy to win over the increasing group of ecologically aware customers?
In the industry, standards such as ISO 14001, 50001 and EMAS have established themselves, but the general public is largely unaware of their existence. The GC-Mark is a clear signal towards all stakeholders that a company is committed to the environment.
GC-Mark Certified Green Logistics
- Efficiency and saving of natural resources
- Monitored environmental performance and continuous improvement
- Transparency and response to customer requests
What is GC-Mark?
With GC-Mark, customers have the unique opportunity to advertise their conformance with globally recognized programs to end-users, who may not be familiar with the details of international management system standards, thus increasing market visibility and recognition. The product-related programs under GC-Mark are complementary to CE, thus further supporting the trust customers can place in an organization. Read more on the GC-Mark Website.