May 17, 2020

Carrefour implements blockchain as part of supply chain transformation

Carrefour
Supply Chain
Blockchain
Technology
Ben Mouncer
1 min
Carrefour has implemented blockchain technology as part of its supply chain transformation
Carrefour has launched what it's calling 'Europe's first food blockchain' in a transformational move for its supply chain.

The French retailer is to in...

Carrefour has launched what it's calling 'Europe's first food blockchain' in a transformational move for its supply chain.

The French retailer is to introduce blockchain technology to eight of its product lines by the end of 2018 after a successful implementation for its free-range Carrefour Quality Line Auvergne chickens.

Its system offers consumers full traceability on the products, fulfilling the demand for transparency and giving breeders a means to showcase their expertise.

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In January Carrefour revealed 'Carrefour 2022', its highly-anticipated transformation plan for the next four years centred around a huge investment in its digital presence and the slashing of other costs.

“To become the leader of the food transition for everyone is the aim that Alexandre Bompard (CEO) has set for the Carrefour group,” said Laurent Vallée, Carrefour's general secretary and head of quality and food safety.

“Making use of blockchain technology is an exemplary step in meeting this aim. This is a first in Europe and will provide consumers with guaranteed complete transparency as far as the traceability of our products is concerned.”

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Jul 13, 2021

5 minutes with: Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak

Ivalua
supplychain
Manufacturing
Procurement
2 min
Ivalua
Procurement and manufacturing veteran Sundar Kamak, Head of Manufacturing Solutions, Ivalua weighs in on challenges and opportunities in the industry

Who are you? 

My name is Sundar Kamak, I’m Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua. I’ve been with the company for around two years now, and I’m responsible for our industry solutions and our pre-sales team. Before joining Ivalua I spent almost 20 years in the source-to-pay procurement space, working for a number of providers. But I got my career started in manufacturing and supply chain, specifically in automotive and aerospace.

And what is currently taking up the majority of your professional time?
 

The last year I've been focused in helping organisations put together a digital transformation strategy, especially manufacturing companies, so they can continue to address some of the challenges they face due to the COVID pandemic. 

The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works


What are the biggest challenges facing your corner of supply chain? 
 

We have a lot of clients coming from different backgrounds - aerospace, high-tech, automotive - and they’re feeling the pressure and the crunch. There’s a lack of product, lack of material availability, lack of resources, labour shortages. So, I work with the leadership in these organisations, try to understand what problems they're looking to solve and come back with Ivalua solutions that can help them address some of these challenges.

Where do the biggest opportunities lie? 
 

If we look at manufacturing, it all comes back to procurement and supply chain being involved sooner in the process. The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works. It’s important to treat suppliers like partners, which means you build trust, so they can participate very early on in the product design and product development process. It’s not done consistently in the manufacturing sector, but it will be key. 
 

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