Unique cloud-based supply chain technology supports transparent and ethical sourcing
- Segura Systems
Supply chain disruptions can cost companies millions of pounds every year in reduced sales and increased costs. What’s more, a brand’s reputation can be irreparably damaged by unwitting alliances with unethical suppliers.
Founded in 2011 and based on the University’s Science and Enterprise Parks since 2013, Segura helps major garment retailers and brand owners to take control of their secondary supply chain of labels, packaging, hangers and other trim items.
Segura’s cloud-based software enforces transparency and accountability throughout the supply chain, as companies place orders within a framework of pre-approved suppliers. The powerful tool also tracks these orders within the production pipeline, highlighting any manufacturing delays or inflated production and shipping costs in real time.
Crucially, it makes it easier to protect a brand’s reputation by ensuring compliance with ethical sourcing standards.
Peter Needle, the company’s Managing Director says: “LUSEP is a great base. As well as providing the business space and recruitment channel we need, it has helped us to build valuable links with the University that are opening up new opportunities across a range of sectors – including the possibility of developing supply chain technology for the construction industry”.
Segura first formed a working relationship with Debenhams in 2014 - the multinational retailer has been delighted with the results of the supply chain software solution, and will extend the use of the software platform across its entire garment supply chain by mid-2015.
Segura and corporate responsibility consultancy Responsible Solutions both attended a recent conference held by The Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES), based at Loughborough University. The two organisations have now formed a strategic alliance to create a supply chain software solution which will support ethical sourcing strategies within the construction industry.
Segura’s charity partner, Unchosen, is committed to creating film campaigns that raise awareness of human trafficking. In 2013, the charity held its first Short Film Competition. Winning entries were aired across the UK and Ireland throughout 2014 as part of an awareness raising roadshow.