End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

Line of sight is the biggest challenge for all aspects of the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the wholesaler, distributor and the reseller, and even to the end consumer. This lack of visibility and resulting lack of control results in a number of issues, from stock losses to pricing inflation, uncertain availability, and increased … Continued

Farm-to-Fork – new approach to Food Safety

The FDA has developed rules for the sanitary transportation of foods, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), to keep foods safe from contamination during transportation by motor or rail vehicles. One of the goals is to require that foods are properly refrigerated during transport. This is done by specifying that the equipment … Continued

Cold Chain Food Logistics

Getting temperature-sensitive product from one location to another requires diligent work on the part of the shipper, 3PL, and carrier to meet modern transporting food regulations set forth by the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. This comprehensive legislation defines the conditions supply chain partners need to meet to ensure their compliance. There has been a … Continued

Which Regulations Impact Your Business?

As every food manufacturer and shipper knows, regulatory compliance is vital to stay operating and to ensure product quality. According to the US FDA, “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, … Continued

Real-time Condition & Location Monitoring

Knowing that a cold chain is broken usually triggers a series of responses — calling the driver, ascertaining why the temperature fluctuation occurred, and dispatching a recovery vehicle if necessary, for example. But what if there’s no response from the driver? Is the driver’s phone switched off? While temperature is an important parameter to evaluate … Continued

The Logistics of Cold Chain Management

The two words: control and organization. Cold chain management in the supply chain typically focuses on groceries, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, as well as some high tech products. Each of the products under these umbrellas requires a constant temperature control to ensure the safe production and delivery to their final destination. Assuming that production and warehousing at … Continued

Unique Product Profile

The successful retail marketing of frozen foods began over a half century ago, and the rapid growth of sales since that time reflects consumer satisfaction in the high quality of products, year-round availability, and general convenience in product use. Because of consumer appreciation of product values, more frozen foods are sold each year and new … Continued

Real-Time Data in Cold Chain Management

Intelligent assets are helping retailers and suppliers ensure the quality of fresh foods in transit by making it easier to maintain unbroken temperature control. For instance, a growing number of refrigerated cargo containers can be remotely monitored and controlled using IoT devices and cloud-based software applications. Beyond standard refrigeration equipment, smart reefer containers can use … Continued

Shelf Life – Projected Product Temperature

The shelf life of food products is an important feature for both manufacturers and consumers. The most important factor for shelf life evaluation of food safety, followed by quality including physical, chemical, and sensorial properties. Nowdays, consumers are increasingly demanding high food quality, and they have corresponding expectations that the quality of their food will … Continued