The tentacles of a supply chain are far-reaching. There are so many players, steps and processes and therefore so many opportunities for error - human or otherwise. Every industry faces a degree of exposure as product moves down the line, but none is more vulnerable than food manufacture and processing, where the simplest of mistakes can have extreme consequences.
A new avocado marketing company has been launched. The Avolution brings together producers from around Australia to ensure a 12-month supply of avocados.
Authenticateit has launched a track and trace system to help stop manufacturers, retailer and shoppers unwittingly buying and selling counterfeit goods.
The container and associated handling systems have not only revolutionised distribution, they have also impacted on design, packaging material and reduced inventories.
The Supply Chain Company has announced the release of JDA eight, which brings together more than 30 different products on a single platform, unifying supply chain planning, optimisation and business analytics for deployment in the cloud.
Turck is expanding its range of RFID handheld devices that can be tailored to the requirements of the individual user. The devices include a customised user interface, RFID tags and stationary read/write heads if required.
The Food and Drink Federation has launched a free guide to help food and drink companies identify and manage supply chain risks. Suitable for small and large companies, the guide forms part of an approach to sustainable sourcing.
A new food supply mapping technique is forecast to shorten the time it takes to track down contaminated food sources by showing how product flows through the distribution supply chain.
Where would we be without the iPhone? Consumers will soon be able to access extended data on Nestlé products via GS1’s GoScan app, due to be released later this year.
GS1 New Zealand is urging companies in the food and grocery sector to register for ProductRecallnz, an online service for rapid recall or withdrawal of products in consumer supply chains.
Dematic has released the Psion Omnii XT15 handheld computer. Designed for rugged industrial operation, the XT15’s display can withstand a 1.25 joule impact breakage. The computer is fully modular, allowing users to change components when necessary rather than replacing the whole unit.
Wrigley has implemented JDA Software’s Space & Category Management solutions to manage its large volume of retail planograms, fixtures, floor plans, store/cluster data, product attributes and performance information.
JDA Software is offering free supply chain assessments. Its assessment tool combines the best of traditional online value calculators and on-site assessments from consultants or technology vendors to deliver a simple, quick process that packs a lot of analytic horsepower.
Brazilian food cooperative Aurora is harnessing Tetra Pak’s next-generation traceability solution to increase production efficiency and add brand value to a newly launched UHT milk product.
Coca Cola Amatil (NZ), a leading NZ producer of soft drinks, diet drinks, juices and juice drinks, waters, energy drinks, sports drinks and cordials, has become GS1net live using Bizcaps’ E2 software to publish data to GS1net for its trading partner Foodstuffs.