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Chipotle’s Woes Highlight Need for Track and Trace Across Supply Chains

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Dec 22, 2015 2:34:21 PM

Supply chain visibility and traceability are key to improving operational efficiency and enabling communication among trading partners. Yet in the event of a crisis, visibility and traceability become imperative in order to quickly identify—and solve—the problem. Not only do you want to fix the problem as soon as possible so that the minimum amount of product is affected; you also want to reassure customers that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect their safety and earn the investment they’ve made into your goods.

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Topics: chipotle, chipotle e coli, chipotle supply chain, consumer confidence, product recalls, product safety, Supply Chain Management, supply chain traceability, supply chain track and trace, supply chain visibility, traceability

Why Consumer Confidence Depends on Track and Trace

Posted by Jim Hoskins on Nov 17, 2015 8:57:49 PM

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.

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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

Mobile Execution: An Imperative in Cold Chain Integrity

Posted by Jim Hoskins on May 1, 2015 2:58:03 PM

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.

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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

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