Blockchain tool to alleviate Xinjiang concerns

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ATLANTA – Supply chain solutions firms Logility and New Generation Computing (NGC) have joined forced to introduce a new traceability technology, which they feel US brands and manufacturers should look to leverage if they’re to be sure their supply chains don’t use forced labour.  

Last week, the US banned cotton imports from China’s Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) over assertions that Uyghur Muslims are being used as forced labour. A withhold release order (WRO) issued by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now requires importers to provide conclusive evidence that forced labour was not used in their production.

Using blockchain, Logility and NGC’s traceability solution can create a digital chain-of-custody by mapping the transaction of goods throughout the supply chain.  

Mark Burstein, president and chief strategy officer at NGC, said: “Our expertise in sourcing, quality and compliance combined with Logility’s expertise in visibility and planning allowed us to quickly work with brand owners and retailers to ensure visibility across the entire digital thread at this critical time.” 

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