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Supply Chain Management

With supply chain dynamics evolving, food and agriculture businesses must navigate new territory carefully. Faegre Baker Daniels is skilled in advising on issues related to the web of third-party relationships companies rely on to gain a competitive advantage.

The Changing Landscape

Supply chain management has evolved to include strategic partnership arrangements with ingredient vendors, packaging providers, re-packers, co-manufacturers, sales agents, distributors and dealers who sell their products and all of the transporters, brokers and other service providers in between.

Historically, businesses have rarely been held accountable for the actions of their third-party business partners, largely because years ago, companies performed many of the activities that they now outsource. However, today’s emphasis on sourcing and procurement through third-party relationships has brought the idea of holding people responsible for who they do business with into the spotlight. As manufacturing has taken on a global presence, an expanding list of laws has essentially forced companies to scrutinize and police those acting on their behalves.

What Sets Us Apart

Faegre Baker Daniels is one of the first law firms to recognize the importance of supply chain management and develop a specialized practice area devoted to supply chain solutions. We view our work as a piece of the whole business operation, not an isolated function. The success of our efforts is dependent on how well we complement our clients’ challenges.

While businesses have recognized the importance of supply chain efficiency for some time, the traditional structure of law firms has not necessarily been in sync with supply chain issues.

Our Supply Chain Experience

We routinely work with food and agriculture industry clients on a number of critical supply chain issues:

  • Best practices for supplier selection, qualification and management
  • Acquisition of raw materials
  • Supplier documentation (contracts, letters of guarantee, certificates of analysis, etc.)
  • Analysis of product warnings and packaging issues
  • Product and ingredient tracing
  • Supplier verification, quality reviews and audits
  • Recalls, product withdrawals and other crisis management issues
  • Manufacturing, distribution and reseller arrangements with appropriate protections, incentives and punishments
  • International supply chain and sales channel strategies
  • Import/export controls and country of origin labeling
  • Recording of trademarks with local import/customs authority
  • Exclusive arrangements, including requirements contracts, output contracts and others in which one or both parties is restricted from doing business with third parties, either completely or under specified circumstances
  • Risk and other preventive controls management
  • Logistics, warehousing and transportation management arrangements

Contact



Sarah L. Brew, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7470
Jacob D. Bylund, Des Moines
+1 515 447 4708
Richard Wegener, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 6912
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