Proper Storage Temperatures for USDA Commodities

Correct temperature control is essential to maintain food quality, nutrient content, and control of bacterial growth. Daily monitoring of temperatures is necessary to ensure adequate storage conditions. Dry Storage Many items such as canned goods, baking supplies, grains, and cereals may be held safely in dry storage areas. The guidelines below should be followed: Keep … Continued

The Right Storage Temperature

Each cold chain varies by region, location and temperature requirements; however, ensuring a cold chain for agricultural products begins at the farm. Produce often goes through precooling at the harvest location and is then loaded onto a truck or other transportation unit designed to keep the produce protected from the sun and held within a … Continued

End-to-End Cold Chain Management

The series of warehousing and distribution activities that comprise a cold chain system are designed to ensure ideal storage and transportation conditions for temperature-sensitive products. Dozens of U.S. export industries depend on the vital links that cold chain systems provide. U.S. businesses invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their cold chain operations to create … Continued

Time-Temperature Management in Food Cold Chain

The cold chain is responsible for the preservation and transportation of perishable foods in the proper temperature range to slow biological decay processes and deliver safe and high‐quality foods to consumers. Studies show that the efficiency of the cold chain is often less than ideal, as temperature abuses above or below the optimal product‐specific temperature … Continued

What is a Transportation Management System (TMS)?

A transportation management system, or “TMS,” is a platform that’s designed to streamline the shipping process. It is a subset of supply chain management concerning transportation solutions. A TMS allows shippers to automate the processes they have in place and receive valuable insights to save time and reduce spend on future shipments. Distribution companies, e-commerce … Continued

Why do you need a Transport Management System?

A Transport Management System/Software (TMS) is a logistics platform that allows users to manage and optimize the daily operations of their transportation fleets. It comes under the subset of Supply Chain Management (SCM). Its primary function is to plan and execute the physical movement of goods. Why do you need a Transport Management System? A … Continued

Temperature Monitoring System for Restaurants

Large temperature fluctuations in walk-in coolers put restaurant customers at risk of food poisoning, restaurant management teams at risk of food waste, spoilage and health department sanctions, and restaurant brands at risk of social media backlash. In a large majority of restaurants, the primary food safety issue was the temperature inside the walk-in coolers exceeding … Continued

The Problem with Restaurant Quality Management Systems

A reliable quality management system (QMS) is a vital component of any successful organization, and the specifics of that system will differ greatly depending on the goods and services an organization provides. Within the restaurant industry, while many brands are still utilizing in-house developed processes, proactive companies have opted for more advanced systems from third-party … Continued

Transparency and Traceability in the Supply Chain

During discussions on supply chain management it is common to see the words ‘transparency’ and ‘traceability’ used as interchangeable terms. In fact, they define very different concepts. Transparency Transparency refers to the capture and transference of ‘high-level’ information along the supply chain. The captured data is specific and accurate, relating to a product’s components, the … Continued

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

End-to-end visibility is a “must have” not a “nice to have” in order for organizations to effectively communicate, proactively solve problems and provide the level of service expected from both partner organizations and customers. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle with full visibility. A recent Transport Intelligence survey indicated that not having supply chain visibility was the … Continued