Archive for Track and Trace

Do You Want Better Beef? Build a Better Supply Chain!

PFG wanted to provide better selections of beef to selective restaurants. But the commodity beef supply chain made this very difficult. They built a new supply chain that included audits, DNA testing, and better pay for better quality products.

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Subway Restaurants’ Journey to Improved Recalls

Traceability is one supply chain application that many pundits argue is a perfect fit for blockchain technologies. Subway and its Franchisee-owned supply chain are on an ongoing journey to improve their recall and traceability capabilities. Not surprisingly, they have taken a hard look at blockchain as a solution for improved traceability. So, what the Subway Franchisee-owned supply chain group have to say about blockchain is worth paying attention to. For now, blockchain is at the back of the bus.

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When Real-time Visibility Isn’t

Real-time visibility is a hot topic. Everyone seems to want it. But even if you buy this solution, you do not get 100% visibility. And the visibility has gotten worse because of recent regulatory changes. But you don’t need total visibility to get good ROI.

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The US Freight Brokerage Technology Landscape

Two top executives from Echo Global Logistic gave good presentations on what is hot in terms of technology for freight brokers. These presentations occurred at the Descartes Evolution conference last week.

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2019 is the Year for Blockchain in Supply Chain Management, but Will it Have Legs?

Starting in September 2019, Walmart will require suppliers of fresh, leafy greens to implement real-time, traceability of products back to the farm by participating in the Food Trust Consortium. The Food Trust consortium, run by IBM, is focused on using Blockchain for Supply Chain technologies.

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Why the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Desperately Needs Blockchain

The Supply Chain from farm to table continues to increase in complexity with pressures from changing customer interests, regulatory controls, and global competition.  Blockchain can aid in assuring a secure way to achieve traceability.

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The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for FFFTT –  family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Lots of turkey. According to some reports I have seen, Americans will spend more than $1 billion on the 50+ million turkeys they will consume. Some of the biggest news that I have seen, however, is the technology upgrade that is happening this Thanksgiving. In fact, the country’s three largest turkey brands are making significant changes to their plans to improve […]

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RFID Enables Industrie 4.0

Walmart that was pursuing RFID as an evolutionary step to manage inventory throughout the entire supply chain. However, the interest subsided until the 2010’s, when RFID technology was reignited by the fervor of Industrie 4.0 and the rise of IIoT in manufacturing. 

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Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain

12 of the world’s biggest companies, including Walmart and Nestlé, are building a blockchain to remake how the industry tracks food worldwide. The group is focused on solving the traceability problem is known as Food Trust. There are many initiatives using Blockchain. This initiative is further along than any other.

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Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems: A Market Poised for Growth

I am currently finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems solutions. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers […]

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