(Bochum / New York, January 31, 2023) At the intralogistics trade show LogiMAT 2023 (April 25-27) in Stuttgart, experts from software house Setlog will demonstrate how companies can use IT to easier implement compliance with the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. The law has been in effect in Germany since January 1. In hall 7 at booth C41, the supply chain experts will show the solutions of the extensive SCM software OSCA – short for “Online Supply Chain Accelerator”. The tool with its five main modules for procurement, global logistics, quality control, supplier relationship management (SRM) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been adapted to the new market conditions. Companies can find digital solutions suitable for their processes and third-party systems can now be connected to OSCA even easier than before. This brings deeper transparency to value networks. The solution is used by more than 150 brands worldwide. Users have dissolved their media discontinuities and silos. With OSCA, data can be securely exchanged between ERP, TMS, WMS and other systems of various partners through standardized APIs without doubling maintenance and creating redundancies.
Over the years, experts have further developed OSCA so companies can also control multiple tier levels of suppliers with the tool. The software now brings visibility up to Tier-8 and beyond. “Customers from the fashion industry, for example, are able to map and create transparency all the way to the producer of the cotton,” explains Ralf Duester, a member of Setlog’s board of directors.
OSCA brings users a whole range of benefits: The CSR solution helps companies to implement the regulations of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, which has been in effect in Germany since the beginning of 2023, effortlessly. “Anyone who operates globally these days cannot lose time in setting themselves up digitally in terms of supply chain management. This reduces the bureaucratic effort required to comply with the Supply Chain Act,” emphasizes Duester. With OSCA, users have a user-friendly, digital tool with which they can master the complexity of topics such as CSR, supplier management, purchasing, logistics and quality control. “This way even smaller companies that are not yet legally obliged to comply with the new regulations can, as suppliers or importers, fulfill the contractual obligations to their major customers digitally,” adds Duester.
For the further development of OSCA, Setlog not only exchanged ideas with relevant industry associations, but also with existing customers. Knowledge transfer took place with Adler Modemärkte, Ernstings Family, Gerry Weber and KiK Textilien as well as numerous non-food companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. Many Setlog customers already use OSCA for CSR to monitor compliance with labor and social standards and to manage their suppliers and supply chain partners. KiK Textilien, for example, monitors more than 800 audits in OSCA annually.
Since January, the regulations of the German Supply Chain Act have initially only applied to companies with 3,000 or more employees, and then to companies with more than 1,000 employees from 2024 on. “However, this does not mean that SMEs can sit back and relax. For one thing, the EU is planning a supply chain law that is even more comprehensive than the German one. For another, more and more large companies are signing contracts that force all suppliers to comply with the new regulations and require them to bring transparency into their supply chains,” explains Duester. According to him, current surveys show that many companies are only now becoming aware of what the law means in reality.
During LogiMAT, Setlog’s experts want to raise awareness among visitors, as well as exhibitors, about the importance of open-source software in logistics. Setlog is a founding member of Open Logistics e.V., the supporting association of the Open Logistics Foundation, as well as of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA). The IT specialists’ credo is that open-source software, especially standardized interfaces, can help logistics IT service providers – particularly mid-sized companies – improve their own solutions.
“Interfaces are not the Holy Grail for anyone in logistics – neither for logistics companies nor for IT providers. The decisive factor for success is the intelligence that lies in the software itself,” emphasizes Duester.
Nora Breuker, Digital Marketing Strategist
Setlog GmbH, Alleestrasse 80, 44793 Bochum, Germany
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Setlog Holding is a provider of supply chain management (SCM) solutions. The central product is the cloud-based software OSCA with the solutions Procurement, SRM, Global Logistics, CSR and Quality Control. OSCA, which stands for “Online Supply Chain Accelerator”, is used by more than 150 brands in the apparel, electronics, food, consumer goods and hardware sectors. With the help of OSCA, companies connect their suppliers and service providers to optimally coordinate their supply chain, accelerate processes and efficiently manage supply chains.
Setlog GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Setlog Holding AG. The company was founded in 2001 and is today one of the leading providers of SCM software with over 40,000 users in 92 countries. The software house employs 60 people at its locations in Bochum (headquarters), Cologne and New York. www.setlog.com