Logility and New Generation Computing (NGC) have released a digital traceability solution that lets brands and retailers document the chain of custody from component origin to importer of record.
This solution intends to ensure companies can trace chain-of-custody through all tiers in the supply chain while storing and managing all supporting documents related to every transaction between all supply chain trading partners at every level.
This visibility is designed to provide a digital thread for brands and retailers to generate a certificate that summarizes the chain of custody, including all necessary information related to each exchange of products and materials from source to destination.
The solution is positioned as being able to aid companies that may experience effects from the Dec. 2 announcement from the United States Customs and Border Protection that personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and its subordinate and affiliated entities. The order also includes any products that are made in whole or in part with or derived from that cotton, such as apparel, garments, and textiles.
As part of this, brands and retailers may need to either remove affected products before they enter the U.S. market or present evidence that proves the merchandise was not manufacturing using cotton that originated from the XPCC.
“The apparel industry will do what it takes to eliminate the use of forced labor in the supply chain,” said Mark Burstein, president and chief strategy officer, NGC. “If H.R. 6210 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is signed into law as it is currently drafted, importers must be able to prove their products do not contain any inputs from the XUAR, including both materials and labor. NGC’s expertise in sourcing, quality and compliance combined with Logility’s expertise in visibility and planning allowed us to quickly work with brand owners and retailers to ensure visibility across the entire digital thread at this critical time.”