GesInFlot, the perfect alliance of IFS Logistics in your transport company

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

What is the IFS Standard?

The IFS (International Food Standard) is a private certification developed by leading German, French and Italian distributors to ensure that all companies in the food chain meet the legal and food safety requirements of each country and the EU. It affects both food and non-food products, and follows the guidelines of the Global Food Security Initiative (GFSI).

The IFS certification consists of 8 standards, specific to the following activities and sectors:

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  • IFS FOOD: Applicable to companies dedicated to food production.
  • IFS Logistics: It is applied to audit the quality and safety of the product during the accomplishment of the activities of the logistics services.
  • IFS Global Markets-Food: A program aimed at supporting small businesses wishing to be certified in IFS FOOD by phases.
  • IFS Broker: Applied to the audit of broker, commercial agencies and importers / exporters that intermediated with products of the agri-food sector.
  • IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale: These are applied to audit wholesalers, bottling industries and cash and carry.
  • IFS HPC: The standard to ensure product safety and transparency concerning the entire production chain of household and personal care products.
  • IFS PAC Secure: Audit the processes of the packaging industry.
  • IFS Food Store: Applicable to the definition of supermarket inspection protocols and supplier evaluations.

These standards help certified companies to implement current regulations on food and / or product safety and, in addition, provide uniform guidance regarding product safety and quality.

To whom does IFS Logistics apply?

IFS Logística fulfills the common objective of joining the commercial activity with the industrial one, offering transparency and confidence along the whole chain of supply.

IFS Logistics has been specially developed for storage, distribution and transport activities, loading and unloading activities, etc. and can be implemented in any environment where food products are handled or not.

Scope of IFS Logistics

IFS Logística is aimed at companies that offer logistics services, such as transportation and storage, and is also applicable to frozen (thawed) service providers, as well as logistics companies that have service providers for their transportation and / or storage activities.
IFS Logistics audits are performed by qualified and independent auditors of IFS accredited certification bodies.

Requirements required to deploy IFS Logistics

The requirements of IFS Logística are presented in 6 chapters:

  • Responsibility of management
  • Quality management system and product safety
  • Resource management
  • Performing the service
  • Measures, analyzes and improvements
  • Defense of the product and external inspections

Objectives and benefits of implementing IFS Logistics in the company

The objectives pursued by a logistic or storage company when implementing IFS Logística are mainly:

  • Ensure comparability and transparency throughout the supply chain.
  • To incorporate into the company a standard with a uniform and internationally recognized evaluation system.
  • Reduce costs and time to suppliers and distributors, avoiding complementary audits.
  • Working with accredited certification bodies, which offer guarantees to our clients of our commitment to quality and food safety.

IFS certification offers key benefits for all those companies that want to achieve excellence in quality and customer satisfaction, and also seek a competitive advantage in their market:

  • Improved customer confidence in the supplier and its products / services.
  • Reduction of time in searching for suppliers, focusing exclusively on those who are certified.
  • Ability to reduce costs, for example, shared audits, which are performed at the same time.
  • Improvement of communication and understanding between management and personnel in relation to norms and procedures, which are documented.
  • Monitoring and control of compliance with current regulations related to food and non-food products.
  • More effective use of technical, human and economic resources.
  • Reduction in the need for inspections by customers, who rely on the support of the standard.
  • Independent audits of third parties.
  • Enhanced business reputation as a provider of quality and safe products.
  • Ability to negotiate with clients who require third-party audits.
  • Use of the IFS logo and the certificate as a commercial and marketing tool to demonstrate that they meet the highest standards of quality and food safety.

How GesInFlot helps maintain the IFS Logistics standard

The functionalities implemented in the fleet management and logistics solution GesInFlot incorporate a powerful documentary system that helps to keep in force and under continuous supervision the correct compliance with the protocols of the standard, recording each and every one of the activities carried out in each case.

As an example, the GesInFlot system records and stores all information relating to the digital tachograph, thermograph, door opening system, loading / unloading incidents, alerts and decisions taken in each case, etc.

This functionality allows the IFS auditor to review all procedures, their execution, check compliance with the requirements of the standard and evaluate the company in record time and without duplication of documents or processes.

Do you need more information on how GesInFlot can help you in the maintenance and obtaining of IFS Logistics? Contact us, we will answer all your doubts and we will make a demonstration without commitment.

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