Indian Army faces many challenges in managing its operations that ranges from ammunition management to food supply chain management, it continuously strives to beat those challenges by bringing in innovative solutions. In the recent times, one of the challenges Indian Army faced was the lack of traceability in the movements of arms and ammunition during peace and wars. It faced a similar challenge in tracking its frozen and dry ration items from its manufacturing units to Army unit canteens situated at diverse locations in the country. To counter these traceability issues, Indian Army consulted GS1 India, a non-profit organization established under Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Government of India.
The volume of ammunition inventory the Indian Army handles is enormous. These inventory items are stored in lots in hundreds of storehouses of explosives. Keeping lakhs of ammunition in stacks not only makes them susceptible to accidents but also makes their tracing difficult. Real-time location visibility to this ammunition inventory is critical for effectively monitoring stock availability, ensuring safe operations, and seamless ammunition movements in times of peace and war. GS1 India, through its traceability services, DatakartTrace, helps the Indian Army keep track of its ammunition inventory which otherwise is very difficult to identify and locate at the (Central Ammunition Depot) CAD.
GS1 India undertook a comprehensive study of CAD’s logistics and warehouse management processes and systems. To ensure end-to-end traceability of ammunition movement, GS1 India suggested using automated data capture technologies like RFID with GS1 global standards for facilitating real-time asset tracking and stock management. Traceability enables identifying, tracking, and tracing the ammunition items throughout the supply chain as they move from different locations to the central Ammunition depot. Indian Army accepted the suggestions given by GS1 India and adopted the use of RFID tags on all ammunition prior to their dispatch to CAD. DatakartTrace, in alignment with GS1 traceability standards, also helps to reconcile physical stocks with the system inventory.
DatakartTrace also helps the Indian Army manage its food supply chain in compliance with FSSAI’s guidelines on product recall and traceability. DatakartTrace helps maintain the quality of the food supplies, which was one of the challenges faced by the Indian Army. By enabling tracking and tracing at the unit and batch levels, DatakartTrace enables product freshness by allowing easy FIFO implementation. DatakartTrace also helps the Indian Army reduce manual intervention and human errors with handling product data. GS1 India follows Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPICS) standards for creating and sharing visibility event data. This gives better visibility on shelf life by providing real-time and accurate product data making Indian Army recall ready in the event of contamination in food at any point in the supply chain.
GS1 India is an ISO 27001 certified organization. With DatakartTrace, GS1 India has gained high value and trust among many private and government organizations. Indian Army is using DataKartTrace extensively to ensure food and ammunition traceability. The successful results of the consulting of the Indian Army by GS1 India indicate how efficient DatakartTrace is in bringing traceability in the supply chain. To know more, Visit GS1 India.