The ID Factory is a service company based in Arzignano founded in 2015 to meet the needs of some fashion brands, mostly in the footwear sector. “We were born as a spin off of a leather trading company, driven by the requests of our customers who needed greater transparency in their supply chain”, explains Luca De Iulis, an expert manager of supply chains who joined the The ID project Factory after having gained important experience in leading tanning and footwear companies.
What kind of requests come from brands? “Trivially our customers need to make sure that the leathers used by their producers comply with their RSL, that they do not come from areas at risk of deforestation such as the Amazon, and that they are delivered within the times required by company calendars and in the agreed quality”.
What is your typical customer profile? “Today we work with 16 medium-large brands that employ around 350 suppliers including production factories, tanneries, sole manufacturers and other suppliers distributed in Europe, Asia, India and South America.
From the necessity to meet the needs of these brands, and thanks to the experience in the supply chain of various experts led by Massimo Brandellero (the founder), in 2015 the digital supply chain platform was developed, known on the market as “The ID Factory”. A sort of data mall that collects and processes all the data of the raw materials involved in the production process (including the results of RSL compliance tests, i.e. restricted chemicals, carried out through third party laboratories) automatically associating them with the final product.
How does the system work? “The platform follows the flow of raw materials throughout the production process, monitoring in real time the order progress”, explains de Iulis. “All supply chain documents and performance data are securely stored and generated, accessible and available at all times. All you have to do is turn on the PC and have an Internet connection to be able to check production data and get wip data (work in progress) from each factory involved in the process. The system therefore supports daily activities of industrial production, the planning department and the work of strategic figures who are thus enabled to make timely decisions based on data analysis, which becomes extremely interesting in these times of remote working”.
How are leathers traced? “Each leather (but also each fabric, sole or other component) is associated with a unique QR code which is affixed to the back and which is associated with all information related to the origin and type of processing. Our system is often integrated into the brand management systems and their supply chain”.
The platform is of course constantly evolving: “By the end of the year we will release a new module specifically linked to the quality control of the finished product”, announces the manager.
The ID Factory’s ambitions go even further. “Dealing with traceability for our players gives us the opportunity to contribute to the reduction of emissions along the entire production chain, as well as waste treatment and the use of the planet’s resources with a view to increasing sustainability. We are very proud of this and therefore we have taken the path to obtain the B Corp certification and become part of a movement of companies (about 3,300 worldwide) that are rewriting the way of doing business by creating a positive impact on people and the environment. All this, while generating profit, working responsibly, sustainably and transparently and pursuing higher goals than just profits”, concludes De Iulis.