Whether your warehouse is a traditional building with aisles of inventory, a series of components spread across multiple divisions or suppliers, or a field of pipe spanning 600 acres, the need for access to critical supply chain data anytime, anywhere is now a business imperative. Additionally, upstream and downstream trading partners demand product fulfillment visibility to see and interact with each other throughout the entire process. This capability is at the core of the warehouse of the future: one with no walls, and therefore no barriers to accessibility and efficiency.
Topics: connected warehouse, consumerization of IT, customer involvement, digital supply chain, dscp, mobile supply chain, productivity, scanworkX, supply chain, supply chain optimization, supply chain visibility, warehouse of the future, dscp page, data collection, marquee, WMS, Print Envoy, ScanWorkX express, direct
The demand for product traceability applies to a number of industries, but is especially strong for food suppliers and producers given continuing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. And it’s not just consumer demand. Regulatory oversight of food is now a priority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and as a result, the food industry has undergone a shift into “a more preventive state with the heaviest emphasis on food traceability that we have ever seen,” writes Angela Fernandez for Food Safety Magazine.
Topics: brand loyalty, brand protection, consumer confidence, digital supply chain, supply chain, supply chain efficiency, supply chain visibility, traceability, track and trace, transparent supply chain
“The fastest growing sector for U.S. exporters are food and agricultural goods,” says Donna Mullins, president of Mullins International Solutions, a compliance, training and consulting firm for international trade, in an interview with Supply Chain 24/7’s Patrick Burnson. “Our job as forwarders is to help these shippers enter new markets without getting into trouble and to navigate the regulatory network—and that takes constant diligence and education.”
Topics: cold chain, cold chain execution, cold chain freight forwarder, cold chain regulations, cold chain solutions, freight forwarders, freight forwarding, freight forwarding regulations, freight forwarding solutions, international federation of freight forwarder asso, Solutions, transportation intermediaries association
Inside a refrigerated warehouse, a life sciences product awaits distribution to a customer. Once it becomes part of an order, the product is moved from its climate-controlled environment to a cold shipping package, then driven (or, more likely, air-lifted) to its final destination. The pervasive challenges throughout that entire process? Keeping the product in a specified temperature range, no matter the circumstances—and documenting the proof of temperature in a format that can be accessed anytime, anywhere to address consumer concerns and regulatory compliance.
Topics: cold chain, cold chain integrity, consumer confidence, digital supply chain, food industry, life sciences, life sciences compliance, mobile execution, mobile supply chain, mobility and cold chain, product integrity, quality of delivery
Mobile has become ubiquitous—and it’s no wonder, given that worldwide smartphone users were expected to total 1.75 billion in 2014 (a number that, by the way, will only continue to rise). When looking beyond mobile device usage, however, mobility-driven business imperatives like a comprehensive strategy aren’t catching on quite as fast. One of the stumbling blocks? Understanding the need to not just introduce mobile devices to your workforce, but also mobilize your key business processes so that you can tap into (no pun intended) accessibility, efficiency and robust functionality regardless of user role or location.