GesInFlot, perfect allied of the IFS Logistics norm in you transport company

In this article we show you how to manage and maintain documental requirements and procedures required to maintain and certificate your transport company in IFS Logistics with the functionality offered by GesInFlot.

What’s the IFS Norm?

IFS (International Food Standard) Norm is a private certification elaborated by the principal German, French and Italian distributors to guarantee that all the companies of the food chain fulfill the legal requirements and the food safety required in every country and EU. It affects food and non food products and it follows the directives of the Global Food Safety Initiation (GFSI).

IFS Certification consists in 8 norms, specific for the following activities and sectors:

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  • IFS FOOD: Applicable to companies dedicated to the food production.
  • IFS Logistics: It applies to verify the quality and the safety of the product during the activities of the logistics services.
  • IFS Global Markets-Food: Program oriented to lean on small companies that desire to certificate in IFS FOOD in stages.
  • IFS Broker: Applied to the broker, commercial agencies and importer/exporter control that intermediate with the products of the agri-food sector.
  • IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale: It applies to verify wholesalers, packaging industries and cash & carry.
  • IFS HPC: Applicable to the whole production chain of products for the home and personal hygiene.
  • IFS PAC Secure: To verify processes of the packaging industry.
  • IFS Food Store: Applicable to the definition of the inspection protocols to supermarket and provider evaluations.

These norms help the certificated industries to fulfill the current rules about food and/or product safety, and, furthermore, they offer an uniform guide in relation to the product safety and its quality .

To whom is applied the IFS Logistics norm?

IFS Logistics fulfills the common aim to unify the commercial activity with the industrial one, offering transparency and confidence all along the entire supply chain.

IFS Logistics was especially developed for the storage, distribution and transport activities, load and unload activities, etc. and it can be introduced in any context that handles food and non food products.

At the reach of IFS Logistics

IFS Logistics is oriented to the companies that offer logistics services, such as transport and storage, and it’s also applicable to supplier of frozen services, as well as logistics companies that dispose of supplier of services for their transport and/or storage activities.

IFS. Logistics controls are made bu qualified Auditors and independents of certification entities authorized by IFS.

Requirements to introduce IFS Logistics

Requirements of IFS Logistics are divided in 6 chapters:

  • Direction responsibility
  • Quality management system and product safety
  • Resources management
  • Service realization
  • Measures, analysis and improvements
  • Product defense and external inspections

Aims and benefits introducing IFS Logistics in the company

Aims pursued by a logistics or storage company introducing IFS Logistics are mainly:

  • To assure comparability and transparency all along the supply chain.
  • To incorporate to the company a norm with an uniform evaluation system and internationally recognized .
  • To reduce costs and time for suppliers and distributors, avoiding complementary controls.
  • To work with entities of authorized certifications, that offer warranties to our customers of our compromise with quality and food safety.

IFS certification offers key benefits for all those companies that want to achieve maximum regarding quality and satisfaction of the customer, and they also look for a competitive advantage on the market :

  • Improvement of the customer confidence in supplier and its products/services.
  • Reduction in suppliers searching time , focusing exclusively on those who are certificated.
  • Capacity of reducing costs , for instance, with shared controls, realized at the same time.
  • Improvement of the communication and comprehension between direction and personal in relation to norms and procedures, all documented.
  • Tracking and control of the fulfilling of the current rules , related to food and non food products.
  • A more effective usage of the technical, human and economic resources .
  • Reduction in inspection need by customers, who trust in the support of the norm.
  • Independent controls of third parties.
  • Improvement of the company reputation as supplier of safe and quality products.
  • Capacity of negotiate with customers that require controls by third parties.
  • Use of the IFS logo and certificate as commercial and marketing instrument , to demonstrate to fulfill the maximum quality and food safety standard.

How GesInFlot helps to maintain the IFS Logistics norm

The functionalities introduced in GesInFlot logistics and fleet management system incorporates a powerful documental system that helps to maintain current and under continuous supervision the correct fulfilling of the norm protocols , recording all the activities in any situation.

For instance, GesInFlot system records and saves permanently (with no possibility of alteration) all the information related to digital tachograph, thermograph, door opening system, problems of load/unload, alerts and decisions for every case, etc.

This functionality enables the IFS auditor to revise all the procedures , their execution, to verify the fulfilling of the requirements of the norm and to evaluate the company in record time and without duplication of documents or processes.

Do you need more information about how GesInFlot can help you in maintenance and obtaining of IFS Logistics? Contact us, we’ll solve all your doubts and we’ll give you a demo without commitment.

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