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Gregg Wallace and SAP - are they the saviors of the supply chain?

Author: Rachel Samuels
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It’s not novel to say that the UK has been hit by adverse weather conditions over the past few years. According to ‘The Climate Coalition’, it has been suggested that the UK’s farmers will be hit with some difficult harvests in the years to come.

A new BBC series ‘Follow the Food’ explores a Brazilian agricultural company called Stara, who use SAP as part of their farming technology and how they take advantage of the new offerings of SAP Leonardo IoT.

With a platform connected to the cloud, they have been able to monitor everything from weather, soil preparation, fertilizing, harvesting and planting – all using real time data. This has resulted in efficient farming, reducing waste, time and fertilizer, thus creating more sustainable farming - all controlled in SAP Leonardo.

SAP Leonardo IoT technology has provided farmers invaluable insights into how they farm and has also supplied data that will be used to measure the environmental impact climate change has made.

Just think: if this software within SAP Leonardo IoT is expanded globally to the world’s food supply chain at its very beginning, it could have an impact on sustainable farming, global warming and adverse weather farming.

As an integral part of the world food supply chain it is interesting to see how SAP can be used not just in the logistic area of food supply but also in how our produce is grown.

“From the very beginning, SAP’s key lever was to enable customers to create positive economic, social, and environmental impact through our solutions,” says SAP Chief Sustainability Officer, Daniel Schmid.

In the BBC series ‘Inside the Factory’, Gregg Wallace delivers an insight into how our household food products are made and transported to our nearest supermarket. Having watched the series, it is clear that the supply chain software being used is linked to some well implemented SAP modules (Leonardo, EWM, SD, MM, QM, PP, WM).

If SAP can link real time data of petrol consumption, miles travelled, electricity used, gas used, gas emissions and workers hours, it can also give us some insights into how we can reduce this.

With companies like McDonalds re-using their cooking oil as Bio Diesel and DHL making it their mission to be ‘emission free’ by 2050, logistics and supply chain companies are already trying to do their bit. Through the help of SAP software solutions they will be able to monitor and reduce this even more.

SAP has the solutions - it’s only a matter of time before more companies start to invest in their supply chain software and take advantage of SAP Leonardo, S4 HANA, Logistic solutions and the importance of data to ensure a sustainable future.

Rachel Samuels is a Senior SAP Recruitment Consultant at Forward Role. For more information about SAP recruitment in the North West get in touch with Rachel on rachels@forwardrole.com / 07704312548.

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