Produce Tracking

Challenges

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  • Over the past several years, food recalls for bacterial infections such as E.coli have wreaked
    havoc on the supply chain.
  • Tracking produce or meats from the farmer’s field to grocery store or restaurant have presented
    daunting challenges for the accurate identification of the sources of the bacterial infections.
  • As a result, mass recalls have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars. In many instances foods
    with no infection have been pointlessly removed from the supply chain.

Solutions

  • 2-D barcoding of product and cases in the field and RFID on pallets.
  • Barcodes/RFID tags tied to the specific producer down to farm and potentially field level.
  • Automate shipping and receiving, including receiving, put away, picking, packing and shipping.
  • Capture inbound and outbound transactions.
  • Automate inventory count against advanced shipping notice during shipping and receiving to
    eliminate errors.
  • By tagging consumables at the pallet and case level (and potentially some larger/more
    expensive items) with RFID, consumption can be tracked in real-time and in an automated
    fashion.
  • When tied to the point of sale system, purchases can be tied to shelf stock. After factoring in
    shrink, a reliable number of items can be determined.
  • This consumption is tracked against a preset minimum level for each item and automatic
    reordering is initiated when these threshold levels are reached.
  • Instant reconciliation at all hand-off points, removing errors and delays and allowing instant
    end-to-end visibility.
  • Reconcile shipping and receiving exceptions as they occur.
  • Use rules-based engine to identify exceptions and trigger alerts.
  • Real-time monitoring of complete harvest or manufacture to retail Food Supply Chain Process.
  • Process management from field to product, field to restaurant or field to supermarket.
  • Prompt visibility to the source of a problem.
  • Instant targeting, prioritization of shipments and removal of products from the food supply
    chain based on real-world events.

Benefits

  • Automates manual functions reducing costs and delays.
  • Prevents inventory build-up.
  • Reduced financial impact from recalls and increased public confidence.
  • Reduced threat of bio-terrorism.