Retail Supply Chain Regulatory Compliance
While enabling wide assortment, rapid delivery, and 24/7 product accessibility for end consumers, it is important to comply with standards that warrant safe and secure storage and delivery of retail products to consumers. With SCI’s client-centric attitude, creative solution design, operational excellence, and strong accountability for results, SCI also ensures robust regulatory compliance practices, including:
- Compliant facilities with flexible capacities that adhere to regulatory standards
- Deep regulatory expertise ensuring consistent compliance to the regulations
- Specialized transportation services for transporting sensitive products that can spoil or damage easily in transit and in the facility
- Highly configurable solutions
- Strong validated technology platform
There are many regulations that the retail supply chain has to follow depending on the type of storage and products being stored:
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) would determine how certain classified products would need to be stored. Fire marshals may have certain preferences on what’s required as well. E.g., expandable plastics would require in-rack sprinklers
- If the warehouse has a customs bonded area, this area needs to be highly visible and separate from the rest of the inventory.
- Storage of food, drugs and pharmaceutical products follows Goods Manufacturing Practices (GMP) which includes clear documentation, records, processes, high level of cleanliness and hygiene
Storage Compliance and Vendor Compliance are Two Components of Retail Regulatory Compliance
Certain products require very unique storage requirements, such as:
- If it’s hazardous, e.g. storage of aerosol, isolated storage may be required with in-rack sprinklers
- Certain products may not be safely stored next to each other due to fumes, e.g. baby formula and bleach
- Products may be temperature sensitive such as chocolate that needs to be stored in a temperature controlled environment with monitoring
- Products may not be stackable due to crushability, or may need to be picked last so they are not on the bottom of the pallet where they could be crushed
Vendor compliance is sometimes required to be able to receive and store products. Some of the requirements include:
- Pallet type and height requirements
- Label type requirements
There are also social compliances such as code of conduct and anti-corruption compliance.
Contact SCI to learn how we can help meet all of your retail supply chain Regulatory Compliance requirements.