Unannounced audits are now commonplace, with the BRC and larger supermarket chains making these part of their terms of working and simply expecting their suppliers to comply. Would this level of scrutiny have been part and parcel of the industry had the horsemeat scandal not come to light?
On the long journey from the fruit plantation to the retailer's shelf, fruits can quickly perish. In particular, the refrigeration inside the cargo containers is not always guaranteed and existing methods for measuring the temperature are not sufficiently reliable. A sensor developed at Empa in Switzerland solves this problem. It looks like a piece of fruit and acts like a piece of fruit — but is actually a spy.
Oceasoft has developed two tools to streamline the high-volume management of its Bluetooth-enabled datalogger products.
Panasonic has launched the Toughpad FZ-N1, a lightweight, rugged, 3-in-1 handheld tablet that combines the productivity benefits of a mobile barcode reader, phone and tablet in one device.
A new ISO project committee has been established to make traceability simpler for all supply chain actors by using a uniform ISO language globally.
Intralogistics, like logistics, is about the handling and flow of goods and materials. But with intralogistics, this takes place not on the roads, but instead within a company site.
A weigh hopper with a fill/pass valve for dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems has been introduced by Flexicon.