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Food manufacturers supplying UK supermarkets cannot afford compliance errors. Apart from the obvious rectification costs associated with compliance errors of any kind, there is the damage to customer relationships, together with the risk of heavy financial penalties.
The new Marks & Spencer Code of Practice, made available to their suppliers during April 2009, further emphasises the importance of compliance with specific reference to coding and labelling.
Most supermarket chains, including Marks & Spencer, have had similar codes of practice in place for some time, but the most recent publications seem to place a much greater emphasis and reliance upon the need for automated in-line coding compliance, so as to eliminate or minimise, so far as is possible, the incidence of operator error.
As you might expect, most coding compliance systems focus solely or principly upon coding compliance, with varying degrees of success.
The Harford Compliance Plus programme is completely different. Not that coding compliance or compliance generally is any less important, quite the contrary. Our differentiation comes through our belief that coding compliance, and compliance generally, should be an integrated part of an information management system which generates real time and prioritised ‘actions' to drive performance improvements.
Automated Coding Compliance doesn't just have to cost money - Harford's Compliance Plus can drive down production costs at the same time
Combining production line efficiency, downtime analysis, quality assurance, materials management and wastage reduction, within a single integrated system, ensures that the increasingly broad requirements for compliance are totally specified and reported upon, whilst driving down unit production costs through focussing upon areas of wastage and lost opportunities which matter most and which can have the greatest impact in the shortest possible time periods upon profitability.