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Fruit supply chain
Maximizing operations for better business, part 2
In Part 1 of this special report, we shared stories about supply chain trends and new ways to think about logistics and traceability. Read on for more examples of how to maximize operations for better business, and drive growth through solutions like enterprise resource planning in part 2 of this special report.

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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 
  • Survey highlights top cloud-based ERP trends
    Cloud-based enterprise resource planning software is poised to catch fire soon, with almost half of respondents saying they plan to have a cloud-based system in the next five years, according to a Gartner survey. Gartner and other industry experts share the top trends and potential sticking points, and point out that cloud-based systems can be phased in. More options in mobile ERP will be introduced in the future, and ERP buyers are increasingly educating themselves on what they need and what is out there, Drew Robb writes. Enterprise Apps Today (5/19) Email this Story
  • GS1: Traceability, food safety should be supply chain priorities
    Traceability makes recalls more efficient and gets the correct information into consumers' hands much more quickly, writes GS1 Australia's Andrew Steele, and the lack of an effective traceability system is one of the main reasons for food recalls that escalate into crisis situations. A report released last year by an expert group in the European Commission made recommendations for improving traceability with global standards, bar codes and other tools, and programs to educate consumers. "Enhanced product traceability, faster recalls and improved consumer safety should be at the top of the agenda when an organisation is detailing its supply chain process," Steele writes. FOOD Magazine (Australia) (5/8) Email this Story
  • Study highlights importance of aligning purchasing, logistics departments
    A study from the Global Supply Chain Institute shows that integrating and aligning purchasing and logistics improves efficiency and minimizes expenses. "Together, purchasing and logistics can account for 70% of an organization's costs and influence 80% of its working capital through inventory and accounts payable," said study co-author Ted Stank. The study recommends keeping communication open, using common metrics and having effective information systems. Material Handling & Logistics online (5/27) Email this Story
  • U.S. logistics employment demand to reach 1.4 million by 2018, report says
    Executives said that the $1.3 trillion U.S. logistics industry has been struggling with the growing demand for employees for years and recently, a Material Handling Industry report found it is expected to need about 1.4 million workers or 270,000 per year by 2018. Supply chain recruiter Eve O'Reilly suggested that individuals, who want to take part in those job openings, should research about the business and determine which aspect of it would potentially need their skills. Attending Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals-sponsored national conferences is also "a great way to meet people in the industry" as CSCMP has "lots of local chapters all over the U.S., even in small towns," she recommends. CNNMoney/Fortune (5/1) 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 
  • Supply chain visibility still a challenge despite improvements
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    A recent study shows manufacturers still need to improve supply chain visibility despite making progress. It noted an increase, from 9% to 22%, in the number of manufacturers who cited complete visibility in their supply chains in 2014 versus last year. "The upward trend is promising given the fact that almost three quarters of our respondents think they can achieve a globally integrated supply chain within the next five years," KPMG's Jeff Dobbs said. Material Handling & Logistics online (5/15) Email this Story

  • Cloud computing gains popularity with 3PLs, supply chain industry
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    Cloud technology is gaining ground in the supply chain industry as more professionals use it to collect, organize and protect information about a firm's supply chain. Cloud computing promotes transparency as it allows a company to more efficiently share information between all concerned departments and provides greater insight into the entire supply chain, this article says. Most important, cloud technology and easier sharing of information help companies spot areas for improvement within the supply chain. GoGrid Blog (5/16) Email this Story

  • Survey: A sustainable supply chain needs strong leadership support
    A survey of supply chain professionals revealed that lack of leadership support is a large barrier to supply chain sustainability. According to the survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers and APICS Foundation, sustainability strategies must be supported by mandates, incentives and resources to generate positive results. The survey also named other barriers to supply chain sustainability, including inadequate sustainability education and training, confusion about company supply chain sustainability goals and unaligned employee performance measurement and incentives. Environmental Leader (5/8) 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 
  • What are your biggest business issues to date?
    Costs vs. margins  33.33%
    Inventory Management  33.33%
    Traceability compliance  33.33%
  • How old is your current enterprise resource planning solution?
    >7 years  100.00%
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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