Presentations

Evolving Tech for Supply Chain Transparency [Sustainable Brands 2019 Panel]

Vans on Sourcemap

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Sustainable Brands 2019 as part of the panel moderated by Mia Overall of Overall Strategies, and with Pete Girard of Toxnot, Tara O'Shea of Planet, David Potere of Indigo and Jamie Tomkins of Oritain. Altogether the panel provided cutting-edge insight into the future of supply chain transparency powered by technology. Here are some of my takewaways:

  • Supply chain transparency and traceability are different things - and they're both becoming business as usual across industries including food and agriculture, apparel, electronics, beauty, and more…

  • Satellite monitoring, especially using a new generation of micro-satellites, is enabling global coverage for issues that include deforestation - on a daily basis!

  • It's now possible to monitor every chemical in every product every day to make sure there are no prohibited substances in any consumer goods

  • Farm-level data is being collected via satellite, drone, and whatever means necessary to ensure the most efficient use of farmland - and pesticides, herbicides, and other advanced inputs - in real time

  • The ultimate assurance is possible for supply chain audits through proprietary DNA tagging of agricultural commodities including cotton

Find out more on the Sustainable Brands webpage and by staying in touch through the Sourcemap Newsletter!

What it's really going to take for sustainability to work [Sourcing Journal]

by Tara Donaldson

Posted on January 23, 2018 in Feature.

The thing about sustainability in the apparel industry is that brands and retailers are either embracing it of their own accord, finding themselves backed into a corner with little other option, or faking it until they make it.

The latter, of course, is where the problem of compliance arises.

“I’m kind of pessimistic when it comes to sustainability, compliance, traceability,” Sourcing Journal president Edward Hertzman said speaking on a Texworld USA supply chain panel Monday.

Having spent years in sourcing prior to publishing, Hertzman said he’s had brands ask him to manufacture organic product for them, and he’s gone to factories to source it, only to find that the suppliers are selling the brands goods labeled as organic when they’re in fact no such thing.

“It’s very complex to trace this. There isn’t necessarily one set of standards that everyone follows,” Hertzman said. “I think we are a long way from this being part of every single company’s culture.”

The problem, according to Dr. Leonardo Bonanni, founder and CEO of Sourcemap, a supply chain-mapping software company, is that the apparel industry has faced structural issues that haven’t exactly served to fuel transparency and traceability.

Until recently, Bonanni said, “You actually couldn’t map a supply chain for an apparel product,” largely because brands themselves couldn’t see past their Tier 1 suppliers—a problem which still remains for some companies.

Read the rest of the article at Sourcing Journal.

Sourcemap Selected as Palm Oil Supply Chain Innovator [SAWIT 2016]

Palm oil plantation

Palm oil plantation

In Jakarta November 17-18? Join us as part of the Smallholders Advancing with Innovation and Technology (SAWIT) Challenge. We'll be demonstrating our platform for smallholder sustainability, which combines smartphone field monitoring and cloud-based traceability with satellite heat maps to ensure deforestation-free agriculture. Learn more about our technology for traceability to combat deforestation here, and the SAWIT challenge here

Supply Chain Mapping 101 [Live Webinar]

If you've heard of supply chain mapping and you aren't quite sure how it's done, or just want to see it in action, this live webinar is your chance. 'Supply Chain Mapping 101' is being held on May 12th at 1pm New York Time. During the 15-minute presentation we're going to show you:

  1. What a supply chain map looks like 
  2. How to format data for supply chain mapping
  3. Some of the best metrics and KPI's to use for monitoring performance

Our webinar will show live examples of supply chain maps from several industries, including consumer packaged goods (CPG), automotive, and electronics. The presentation will be followed by a 15-minute chat Q&A. To register for the webinar click here: