Getting a Visual on Supply Chain Security

New RILA interactive flow chart explains supply chain steps and security procedures

New RILA interactive flow chart explains supply chain steps and security procedures

Arlington, VA — August 30, 2006 — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association of the largest and fastest growing companies in the retail industry, posted on its Web site this week a new interactive flow chart called "From Factory to Shelf: Navigating the Global Supply Chain" with a glossary of supply chain terms to help the public, policymakers and the media better understand the processes and security measures in place to protect U.S. maritime cargo.

The chart can be found on the RILA website at

"We hope the chart and glossary will help provide those participating in and observing the port security debate in Washington with a better understanding of the way the supply chain system works," said Al Thompson, RILA's vice president of global supply chain policy. "The debate on port and supply chain security often involves numerous acronyms and jargon. We posted the chart and glossary to give a simple overview of the various steps in the maritime cargo supply chain, and the security procedures now in place."

The interactive chart provides users with a step-by-step explanation of the supply chain security processes and procedures from the purchase order to the final destination. By clicking each image, the user receives an explanation of each step made along the supply chain, and the definitions associated with each.

In addition, users can view supply chain security measures applicable at each step, by rolling the cursor over an adjacent inspector icon.

In May, the House of Representatives passed the Security and Accountability For Every Port (SAFE ports) Act by a vote of 421-2. RILA supports the legislation, which seeks to improve security by building on the risk-based approach of the past five years. As the fifth anniversary of September 11 nears, the Senate continues to work toward developing consensus legislation.

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