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Maximizing operations for better business, part 1
Food safety, traceability and cost-efficiency are crucial when it comes to the global fresh food industry, and supply chain logistics from field to fork are evolving to embrace technology for a more streamlined approach. Information technology is being harnessed to do everything from deliver produce-specific inventory control to offer traceability solutions in order to meet the growing demand for fresh food around the world.

In this special report, we take a look at what's going on in the traceability and supply chain industries. Be sure to look out for part 2 on Thursday, which will include more news and insights to help you think about your business in a way to maximize operations for a better bottom line.

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LINKFRESH – Driving Growth Through ERP
As a Certified for Microsoft Dynamics® ERP solution, LINKFRESH is designed specifically by food industry specialists and developed to seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Dynamics. The result is a flexible ERP solution that provides peace of mind, safety, compliance, traceability and the ability to not only drive growth, but improve the bottom line.
Logistics & Traceability Trends 
  • Businesses turn to ERP to bring departments together
    Enterprise resource planning systems can be expensive to implement, but they pay off down the road in increased efficiencies and higher revenue, writes consultant Alex Smith. "By integrating all the applications required by an organization, ERP acts as a business tool with different modules including finance module, distribution module, production module, etc.," he writes. "Offering competent platform to business enterprises, these solutions are increasing revenues." SiliconIndia (India) (5/19) Email this Story
  • NGOs may hold the traceability solutions processors need
    The Food Safety Modernization Act mandates a better track-and-trace system, but the solutions that work for food processors are likely to come from nongovernmental organizations and other private-sector entities, writes Kevin Higgins. GS1's Produce Traceability Initiative started building a tracking infrastructure four years ago, and retailers including Publix supermarkets now scan the PTI source labels. Food Processing (5/7) Email this Story
  • Industrial Internet progresses from efficiency to necessity
    The development, analysis and use of Big Data made possible by the Industrial Internet is becoming an essential element of efficient maintenance and operations, helping to anticipate when systems are nearing a point of failure and to assess how many spare parts to keep on hand for repairs and emergencies, writes author Russ Banham. "Virtually all manufacturers will gravitate to the Industrial Internet to keep up with the blistering pace of business today. From a competitive standpoint, the manufacturer that pauses to take a breath to improve the company's operational efficiencies will have the wind knocked out of it by competitors," Banham says. Forbes/EMC Voice (4/29) Email this Story
  • What CPG manufacturers, retailers can do to crack down on counterfeiting
    Counterfeit products cost retailers and manufacturers nearly $1 trillion every year, according to a study from the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The study offers eight ways retailers and manufacturers can help reduce the instances of counterfeit products making their way into consumers' hands, such as developing a protocol for dealing with counterfeits and conducting anti-counterfeiting audits. "We must be vigilant about safeguarding our supply chain from counterfeiters and step up our efforts to stop organized retail theft," said Mark Baum, FMI's senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (4/9) Email this Story
LINKFRESH – Move, Track and Trace Produce in Real Time
LINKFRESH is a powerful ERP solution for fresh produce growers, packers, shippers, importers, exporters and food service firms to manage production, distribution and marketing through to the point of sale. Providing a single point of reference for your operations, our solutions help you to meet Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) requirements.
Supply Chain News 
  • Survey: Supply chain capabilities can drive company revenue growth
    A survey from Deloitte shows the direct connection between advanced supply chain capabilities and company financials. The study revealed that 79% of organizations with "superior supply chain capabilities" experienced above-average revenue growth compared with 8% of companies with "lower supply chain performance" reporting above-average revenues. EBN (5/15) Email this Story
  • Supply chain scorecards boost shipment punctuality, accuracy
    The use of customer scorecards in supply chain operations improves shipment punctuality, accuracy and labeling, according to the Retail Scorecards study from Supply Chain Insights. "However, the use of scorecards has not improved cost or assortment," writes Lora Cecere, founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights. Further improvements require better alignment of incentives and better communication between the different divisions at suppliers and retailers, she writes. Supply Chain Shaman (5/6) Email this Story
  • What to consider when shopping for an SCM partner
    (Zoran Zeremski/Zoran Zeremski)
    Companies seeking to improve supply chain management may benefit from using a third-party service provider, writes Erwin Hermans, vice president of supply chain solutions at Celestica. When choosing a partner, firms should look for one that "can provide both supply chain expertise and a technology platform that complement each other," he writes. Executives also should look for a partner with experience in various industries. Supply & Demand Chain Executive online (4/24) Email this Story

LINKFRESH – Empower your mobile workforce with accurate and timely information
Behind the growing demand for integrated mobility applications is the need to speed up business whilst reducing errors. The pressure to do more with less is relentless while still meeting demanding customer expectations. The food sector faces specific challenges due to the velocity of low cost products through the supply chain.
Your take 
  • How old is your current enterprise resource planning solution?
Currently deploying
<1 year
1-3 years
3-7 years
>7 years

  • What are your biggest business issues to date?
Traceability compliance
Costs vs. margins
Consignment accounting
Inventory Management

PMA Resources 
  • Online traceability resources offered
    Two e-Learning modules designed to assist produce industry stakeholders to learn how to identify their products along the supply chain and implement traceability processes for their businesses are now available. Learn more. Email this Story
  • PMA offers service for company-specific UPC migration
    In an effort to advance supply chain efficiencies, the Produce Marketing Association offers a unique service, UPC Link, to help the industry respond to the gradual transition towards company-specific GTINs encoded in Universal Product Codes. Email this Story

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