The food supply chain is changing. An increasing need for transparency and traceability is driving new technology to the forefront. Terms that were once considered buzzwords, such as real-time visibility, the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and blockchain are increasingly becoming commonplace.
As your organization is already likely considering the ways in which it can improve your supply chain by transforming it from a necessary, yet overlooked, process to a preventive control, these track-and-trace technologies have the ability to transform the way that we view traceability, just as real-time temperature monitoring has changed how we can now manage the transportation of perishable foods.
It is often said that traceability data can tell you where a product started and where it has traveled through the supply chain once it is scanned at each touchpoint, but that these data cannot tell you whether the product is safe. When you are able to layer rich information such as time, temperature, location, and other sensing data on top of the traceability information, you have the ability to know with confidence that your products are safe for consumption.
Today’s sensor and cloud technology allows each participant of the supply chain, including producers, logistics partners, warehouses, and distribution centers, to access product quality data captured in real-time through IoT devices. Data are automatically sent to a cloud software platform, where data regarding a single shipment or the entire supply chain can be viewed on-demand. These data complement traditional track-and-trace information by providing more granular information regarding product quality during shipment. Data analytics are captured in dashboards, providing actionable insights into supply chain operations and processes.
The PIMM™ Continuous Temp Monitoring (PIMM™ CTM) program is the first monitoring program of its kind that allows distributors to share specific temperature performance data with their customer’s / brand owners without sharing every detail of their operations.
Our system provides instant feedback and alerts to allow distributors to properly manage their air temperatures across their refrigerated fleet. When an excessive temperature violation occurs, the system can project the damage on the underlying products with the use of the PIMM™ PPT simulated product temperature.
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