Schuh invests in supply chain mapping software

Supply chain mapping: Schuh strikes Segura partnership

Footwear retailer Schuh has partnered with software company Segura, which it said will help with supply chain mapping and boosting the transparency of its operations.

Using the Segura system will allow Schuh to make sure the suppliers it is working with across its supply chain are ethical, sustainable, efficient, and compliant – information that will increasingly be required as part of mounting environmental, social and governance (ESG) legislation in coming years.

As well as allowing for continuous supply chain mapping, Segura will permit Schuh to automate the collection of ESG data and evidence, and proactively monitor the performance of its suppliers, as well as which materials and product components are being used within its multi-tiered supply chain.

Segura, which has also established retail partnerships with Reiss and Pentland Brands this year, talks of providing a “chain of custody” by order, with its tech able to offer users up-to-date compliance information and deliver transparency across the entire supply chain.

Davie Leggat, assistant quality control manager at Schuh, commented: “Having a platform like Segura will help with uncovering the materials and components for our products, coupled with where they come from, in much greater detail.

“Supply chains have become more dispersed and global, and in turn, so have data capture and reporting. Segura will provide us with access to real-time, accurate information. Segura’s ability to capture and enable us to monitor our emissions and ESG standards is vitally important to our business and goals.”

At present, Schuh is in the implementation phase with Segura but will soon be onboarding its suppliers to the platform, which is already being used extensively by fashion retailer River Island.

Patrick Wall, CEO of Segura, said: “Segura’s real-time and continuous due diligence throughout the up and downstream supply chain can help our customers to achieve specific return on investments.

“We are delighted to partner with innovative organisations like Schuh. Our aim is to help brands positively impact people and the planet, interrogating supply chains gives us a real opportunity to help businesses achieve key sustainability and governance targets.”

Read more about why our editor thinks sustainability in retail starts with transparency in his recent Green Retail World blog

[Image credit: Schuh]

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