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January 17, 2022

Blockchain in supply chains - a must or a maybe?

Supply chain management is one of the biggest challenges faced by modern-day businesses. In addition to spending a tremendous amount of time and resources on investigating inefficiencies and identifying pain points along the chain, a lack of visibility also holds reputational risks. Increasingly, companies are held responsible for the social and ecological impact along their supply chains, going beyond their direct business activities. For instance, fast-fashion retailers have recently been criticised by the media and by consumers for the use of forced labour by their sub-suppliers. In addition, new laws are being passed or discussed across Europe such as the German Supply Chain Act (Lieferkettengesetz) that holds companies responsible for the human rights abuses of their suppliers.

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Blockchain in supply chains - a must or a maybe?

Supply chain management is one of the biggest challenges faced by modern-day businesses. In addition to spending a tremendous amount of time and resources on investigating inefficiencies and identifying pain points along the chain, a lack of visibility also holds reputational risks. Increasingly, companies are held responsible for the social and ecological impact along their supply chains, going beyond their direct business activities. For instance, fast-fashion retailers have recently been criticised by the media and by consumers for the use of forced labour by their sub-suppliers. In addition, new laws are being passed or discussed across Europe such as the German Supply Chain Act (Lieferkettengesetz) that holds companies responsible for the human rights abuses of their suppliers.

January 17, 2022

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COP26 has shown that sustainability is the next big thing in business

We summarise the outputs of COP26 and what was discussed and agreed with the 1.5-degree celsius target in mind. What impact does this have on businesses, and how can we get a competitive edge in the future?

November 22, 2021

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Customer Success: How to build trust with consumers

In our new Customer Success blog series, we'll be drawing from user research to help businesses utilise the seedtrace platform more effectively. In this first article, we’ll be exploring how you can gain the crucial trust of your customers, which you can capitalise on to increase retention and their willingness to pay more for your products.

November 15, 2021

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COP26: what will the future of sustainable business look like?

COP26 is now here, and it’s clear that the world is at a turning point - either we prevent irreversible climate change effects, or we don’t. At such a crucial point, now is the time for the private sector to take on their responsibility to help battle climate change. In this article, we outline some key goals for COP26, their impact on the future of business, and what companies can do to prepare.

October 29, 2021

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Transitioning to a sustainable food system: why the food industry needs to take action

The new Food and Agriculture Benchmark has shown that the wider food industry is not addressing its responsibility to help tackle climate change or protect worker rights. Where are food businesses falling down, and what do they need to do to get on track to meet targets?

September 30, 2021

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"Mass Balance" and the Problem of unsustainable Supply Chains, despite Certification

The sheer number of farms, shops and factories that need to be monitored and checked for compliance with certain regulations set forth by the certifier makes it difficult to ensure that the certification on the label actually matches the product on the inside. Traceability could resolve some of these issues.

August 12, 2021

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What happened to the German Supply Chain Act?

On June 11th, the German supply chain act was finally signed into law that was preceded by a month-long struggle between different stakeholders. Some significant amendments have been made to the legislative proposal, so what will the  adoption mean and what will it imply for businesses?

July 13, 2021

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Barriers to Supply Chain Sustainability: Turning Ties to Suppliers into a Solution

In order to lower reputational and structural risks, companies increasingly strive for sustainability along their supply chains. However, there are lots of barriers that make it difficult to handle its complexity.

June 24, 2021

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How to Share Value Chain Transparency Using QR Codes

The popularity and usability of QR codes have skyrocketed during the last decade. This blog article provides insights into how to make the most of QR code marketing campaigns, drive engagement and increase consumer trust.

May 18, 2021

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