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Preventing food recalls

When we look at the food supply chain, we assume that our food is wholesome and safe. We don’t want to think about the toxic food that may be finding its way into our grocery stores and in turn, our homes. While companies may not be able to completely prevent food recalls, there are a […]


Building smarter supply chains

“According to the Logistics Bureau, 69 percent of organizations don’t have full visibility of their supply chains.” Why is this important? In order to improve supply chain operations and reduce costs, you must have full visibility into how your supply chain runs from start to finish. Unfortunately, many manufacturers have their data siloed in multiple […]


Improving barcode traceability accuracy

We all have the excitement of those brown boxes waiting on our doorstep and the sheer joy of finding out what’s inside. Now follow that box through the steps it took to get to you and add in all the points in which something could go wrong, and it is quite impressive that it made […]


Industry-specific ERP systems are essential

Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP has been an essential part of many businesses from mid-size companies to large-size corporations.  ERP software can integrate all the processes a company needs to successfully run.  ERP systems have evolved over time, and most have created a web-based application, enabling users to access it remotely. Unfortunately, this system can […]


Digitizing your paper-based supply chain

While many aspects of our lives have become automated, some paper-based habits and processes may be a little harder to leave behind.  In a report by Gartner, a research and insights firm, “more than 50% of organizations have not yet actively started to build a roadmap for supply chain digital transformation.” Our partners at BarTender […]


Common challenges for food and beverage labeling

Many food and beverage industries face the challenge of complex global regulations, meeting localized requirements, and maintaining visibility within the supply chain.  As they manage these areas, they may also struggle with labeling challenges like “accuracy, efficiency, compliance, and traceability.” “All of these challenges can put unprecedented pressure on industries that traditionally use manual methods […]


FDA and Smarter Food Safety

The FDA is looking to move to a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” over the next decade. They believe, as foods are reformulated, new food production methods created and the food system is more digitized, the need for new and modified safety methods must also adapt. The FDA has created a Blueprint, with input […]


The Internet of Things (IoT) goes beyond gadgets

As we shared in a previous blog about all the great things that the Internet of Things technology has given us, home security, fitness apps, and smart farming, it is now being considered to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccines. RFID Journal, which reports on anything in the world of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and also […]


Unique Device Identification System (UDI)

The FDA established the Unique Identification System (UDI) to identify medical devices sold in the US from the point of manufacturing and distribution all the way to patient use. The UDI final rule requires device labelers to: Include a UDI on device labels and packages, except where the rule provides for an exception or alternative. […]


UDI Exceptions on Single Use Devices

Last week we discussed the extension the FDA has granted on the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) Class II Mandates. Similar to the extension there are also exceptions on single use devices that medical manufactures should be aware of. The exception states that if you put a (UDI) on the next higher level of packaging you […]