The data in today’s food supply chain is hopelessly scattered among stakeholders. Manufacturers constantly receive documents from suppliers but struggle with how to organize and access them. Can manufacturers comb through all that data and makes sense of it quickly? This is the problem Bimbo found itself facing.
The executives at Bimbo realized the complexity of their business had grown to the point where their vendor management program couldn’t stay on top of increasing compliance requirements, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Bimbo was in the process of getting all their locations GFSI-certified, but they couldn’t complete the project. They had too many facilities dealing with too many ingredients from too many vendors.
Grupo Bimbo is the largest bakery globally, with more than 135,000 employees scattered across 32 countries overseeing nearly 200 plants. It’s also the ninth-largest company in Mexico, with more than $14 billion in net sales. The company’s primary product lines include “fresh and frozen sliced bread, buns, cookies, snack cakes, English muffins, bagels, pre-packaged foods, tortillas, salted snacks, and confectionery products.”
TraceGains helped Bimbo manage its suppliers with a configurable system that mimicked its legacy systems, so training was nominal. Plant employees immediately understood what to do and how to do it because they were translating the paper process they had in place for decades into a software process.
“We didn’t communicate adequately with our suppliers. That was a big risk for us. It’s critical to catch issues in real-time, communicate accurately and quickly without mistake, and without missing a facility. TraceGains has helped us tighten up that whole process.”
– Corporativo Bimbo, S.A. de C.V.