Effective tracking and tracing processes and supporting technology are essential to securing supply chains. Tracking is the ability to follow the forward movement of products, whereas tracing is the ability to recreate this movement.
Tracking and tracing help authorities to identify potential points of diversion from legitimate channels to illegal ones, and enables the legitimate manufacturing industry to enhance controls over its supply chain. Tracking requires all actors involved in the supply chain (manufacturers, logistics providers, distributors, etc.) to have procedures in place and interoperable systems to record product movements on an ongoing basis. For many years, law enforcement agencies in various countries have been relying on the availability of PMI Tracking and Tracing data.
Since the beginning of the millennium, PMI has been investing significantly in establishing a worldwide tracking and tracing program, operating today in over 600 manufacturing lines located in 50 factories and in 700 supply chain locations across the globe, relying on interoperable technology which enables to monitor the movement of our products in more than 120 countries.