The Brexit Barometer has identified supply chain logistics and in-market distribution as a key challenge facing the Irish food and drinks industry. Increased lead times, especially when related to short shelf life products, in conjunction with a complex and intense supply chain, is a key issue facing the industry. Managing logistics partners and UK customer relationships are also key concerns in this area.
The objective of the Supply Chain Mentoring Programme is to help identify the key challenges that client are currently facing with their supply chain and export markets, and drive efficiencies relating to customs and health controls, third party logistics partners, customer relationships and overall supply chain management. In addition to Brexit advice, the mentoring programme will provide support to clients in developing their supply chains for effective trade with non-EU markets, taking account of customs procedures and health controls.
Each client will receive a one to one consultation with a specialised supply chain consultant. The consultation will be a maximum of 4 days, with 2 days on-site and 2 days off-site. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Content will be structured around each individual company’s application. It is foreseen this mentoring will fall under three key categories:
- Supply Chain Modelling: How to develop or improve a supply chain model including Strategy, Design, Planning, Execution, and Measurement. This includes topics such as contracts, supply chain partners and any current logistics challenges a company is facing. Before embarking on this service, clients will have read Bord Bia’s Supply Chain Guide and reviewed the Distributor Database.
- Customs Compliance and Health Controls (non EU imports and exports): Ensuring customs readiness for post Brexit UK or international markets. Will cover tariff classification, regulatory requirements, VAT implications, SPS inspections, selecting LSPs, customs requirements and customs simplification procedures.
- In-Market Distribution: To provide key insight into target customer criteria for high service level in terms of distribution, map and review the clients supply chain to identify compatibility with customer requirements and the impact they will have on commercials and cost reduction opportunities. Identifying key distributors, wholesalers and warehousing needed for a channel or customer (retail or foodservice) and customer expectations. Clients will also be assisted in engaging with customer supply chain toolkits.