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How FleetOptic’s data analytics smooth the last mile of a parcel’s journey

FleetOptics specializes in so-called last-mile delivery, from a retailer's distribution centre to the customer's door—the hardest and most expensive portion, estimated to account for a least 30% of total transportation cost. It's also the most vital as, in the e-commerce era, receiving the package is often the only contact consumers have with a human during the transaction. FleetOptics' software makes the parcel's progress transparent for both business and consumer. Customers can track the driver on-screen as they might an approaching Uber car, avoiding that infuriating experience of the deliveryman arriving just after they jump in the shower. Retailers, meanwhile, can check packages' status in real time through FleetOptics' online portal. As co-founder Vince Buckley pithily sums it up, “Tesla is a battery company that also makes cars. We're a technology company that also makes deliveries.”
analytics  data  data_driven  delivery  delivery_networks  delivery_services  distribution  distribution_centres  e-commerce  FleetOptics  fulfillment  last_mile  logistics  package_delivery  retailers  same-day  start_ups  shipping  third-party  traceability  tracking  trucking  warehouses 
november 2019 by jerryking
Tire Storage: Best-in-Class | Autosphere
Increased sales

This cloud-based solution has another advantage. “The dealership has their own Dealer Management System,” explains Athron, “so when they make appointments for a tire service within their DMS, a mes­sage is sent to our system to let the warehousing facility know when and where those tires are needed. There’s no need to enter data twice.”
traceability  tacking  dealerships  Second_Closet 
december 2018 by jerryking
Why glass milk bottle deliveries are back
APRIL 13, 2018 | FT | by Carl Wilkinson.

Milk & More offers what Müller calls “a farm shop on wheels” with more than 200 locally sourced premium products (as well as normal and organic milk, it stocks free-range eggs, biscuits, bread, bacon, organic cheese and veg), which can be ordered online up to 9pm the night before and be waiting on your doorstep by 7am “like magic”. This year, Müller is investing a further £20m in the Milk & More business, revamping IT, upgrading machinery and — most visibly — from this month rolling out a new fleet of more than 200 electric floats to replace many of the older diesel vehicles used on longer rural rounds. “David Attenborough has reignited people’s love of the great British milkman,” he says.

Yet most of the investment in Milk & More was put in place well before Blue Planet II aired. What did Müller — who is Swiss and recalls visiting his local farm as a boy to collect milk in buckets — spot in the ailing business?

“We saw three general trends,” he says. “Customers want to know what they’re eating and who produced it. People are environmentally conscious and want to do their bit to reduce plastic waste. That’s why we kept the glass bottle and decided to keep the factory open. It’s great packaging. And finally, community values are becoming more important. The human touch and the sense of community are becoming more important in today’s world.”
dairy  home-delivery  tracking  traceability  last_mile  milkmen  glass_bottles 
april 2018 by jerryking
Developing a Farm Based Traceability System
By Wythe Morris, Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture
Virginia Cooperative Extension
farming  agriculture  howto  traceability 
august 2014 by jerryking
Compliance with the Produce Traceability Initiative
August 13, 2013 | Food Safety Magazine |By David Freed.

The Product Traceability Initiative (PTI) was created by the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association, in conjunction with the produce industry (suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice). The initiative envisions supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability for every case of fresh produce shipped for consumers.

Standard identification allows members of the produce supply chain to easily scan, obtain and register the data encoded in the bar code. In case of a recall, the source and span of affected produce can be quickly identified to reduce human risk. Products unaffected by recalls can be easily separated toreduce business risk.

Barcode print quality is fundamental to accurate identification. If a barcode doesn’t scan, packagers and retail customers must manually type in the human readable numbers. This process is time-consuming and prone to input errors. Retailers may reject cases that do not have clear bar codes and some may reject full pallets, leading to costly rework and possibly lost merchandise.
traceability  fresh_produce  compliance  food_safety  Waudware 
july 2014 by jerryking
Leafy Greens Cause the Most Illnesses—Mushrooms, the Least
January 30, 2013 | Business Week |By Venessa Wong.

The average American eats only 4 pounds of mushrooms each year, compared to 30 lbs. of lettuce.

Also, greens such as lettuce and spinach cause illness more frequently because they are consumed more often, not because they are grown or harvested in a riskier way than other vegetables...In fact, the problem with leafy greens has less to do with farming than with handling. Many were tainted with norovirus, which causes stomach flu, and “were most often contaminated during preparation or service by a sick food handler,” the report found. Infected persons are contagious “from the moment they begin feeling sick until at least three days after they recover” and can spread the virus through vomit and stool, according to the CDC.
illness  fresh_produce  product_recalls  Waudware  salads  CDC  food_safety  mushrooms  traceability  viruses 
april 2013 by jerryking
Supply chain management from farm to fork | Canadian Manufacturing
September 15, 2011 | | Frank Mahdavi.

The supply chain for any manufacturer can be complicated, but when it comes to food, the stakes are as high as human life. All it takes is one compromised ingredient and a long and complicated chain must be quickly untangled to make things safe again. The key to managing a tight supply chain is communication.
Communicating_&_Connecting  supply_chains  product_recalls  tracking  traceability 
january 2013 by jerryking
Amid Salmonella Case, Food Industry Seems Set to Back Greater Regulation -
July 31, 2008
Amid Salmonella Case, Food Industry Seems Set to Back Greater Regulation
traceability  food  food_crops  food_safety  regulations 
november 2012 by jerryking
Implementation of a Traceability System From Constraints to Opportunities for the Industry: A Case Study of Quebec, Canada
Volume 12, Issue 2, 2009 | International Food and Agribusiness Management Review | by Gilbert Lavoie a and Jean-François Forest b
Quebec  traceability  agribusiness  agriculture 
october 2012 by jerryking
A Methodological Framework to Design and Assess Food Traceability Systems
Volume 15, Issue 1, 2012 |International Food and Agribusiness Management Review| by Mhamed Bendaouda, Catherine Lecomteb, and Bernard Yannouc
traceability  food  frameworks  agribusiness 
october 2012 by jerryking
Tracing materials across the value chain: The shifting landscape |
By Terry F. Yosie
Published June 11, 2012
Email | Print | Multiple Page View
Tags: Supply Chain
tracking  traceability  supply_chains  massive_data_sets  value_chains 
september 2012 by jerryking
Tracking and tracing in food networks
Melanie Fritz and Gerhard Schiefer
University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany and
Tracking and tracing functionalities are widely discussed and in some countries even required as core features in the assurance of food safety and quality. They deal with internal processes of enterprises as well as with the trade relationships between enterprises. This creates a complexity which cannot be solved by enterprises alone but requires concerted action. Action needs to build on agreements which cover a multitude of issues including but not restricted to
issues related to information systems and technology. One of the problems is that a solution in one of the issues is not sufficient for getting a tracking and tracing scheme into operation.
Feasible solutions require agreements on issues which involve different competences and competence groups which adds to complexity. This paper discusses some of the issues and links them to the organization of information systems and the development of an appropriate information infrastructure.
tracking  traceability  food  supply_chains 
september 2012 by jerryking
Food Traceability
Apr 2004 | Amber Waves pg. 14 | Golan, Elise;Krissoff, Barry;Kuchler, Fred
ProQuest  food  traceability  tracking 
september 2012 by jerryking
YottaMark Raises $24 Million
YottaMark takes on $24 million to grow its food tracking system, HarvestMark
traceability  tracking  funding 
august 2012 by jerryking
Turning traceability into profitability
April-1st 2007 | Good Fruit Grower | Melissa Hansen.

The tracking and documenting of what happens to a food product as it makes its way to the consumer generates mounds of data.
traceability  tracking  food_safety  fruits  farming  agriculture 
june 2012 by jerryking
Beyond Peter Pan: How ConAgra's Pot Pie Recall Bakes In Hard Lessons for Supply Chain Management
October 22, 2007 | | By Kim S. Nash.

Recalls are blooming like flowers in spring: Dole’s e.coli bagged salads; Metz Fresh’s salmonella spinach; REI’s faulty children’s bikes; Mattel’s lead-painted and choking-hazard toys, just to name a few. Federal records show at least 628 recalls so far this year, and another 941 in 2006. (For more, check our History of Famous Recalls.) Globalization accounts for some of this surge. Many U.S. companies depend on overseas production, where quality controls are difficult to monitor. And it’s not just hard goods like toys from China. Food, too, arrives by container ship from other countries, and sometimes it’s contaminated. So far this year, for example, more than 8,660 cartons of cantaloupe from Costa Rica have been recalled for salmonella risks, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records.
product_recalls  supply_chains  globalization  ConAgra  peanut_butter  traceability  tracking  CIOs 
june 2012 by jerryking
Bioterrorism and Handling Product Recall
Excerpt taken from Inescapable data: harnessing the power of convergence
By Chris Stakutis, John Webster.

The better the tracking of goods, the more efficient (and more narrow) a product recall can be. Real-time data collection and integrated computer systems are at the heart of compliant manufacturers. The cost of noncompliance or archaic tracking systems can be exceedingly high. ConAgra in 2002 had to recall more than 18.6 million pounds of beef suspected of E. coli contamination rather than 354,000 pounds because they could not produce sufficient evidence of tracking detail. ConAgra subsequently exited the beef industry.
product_recalls  bioterrorism  massive_data_sets  excerpts  bacteria  traceability  tracking  manufacturers  ConAgra  E._coli  beef 
march 2012 by jerryking
Big debate about food safety | Canadian Grocer
Chris Powell, photo by Canadian Press.  |  September 21, 2011

Frank Schreurs, president and chief technical officer for the Guelph Food Technology Centre–which audits more than 1,500 food businesses, agrees. The CMAJ editorial has “taken some information and they’re couching it to make it sound like, ‘Oh we’re in a lot of trouble.’ We’re not,” says Schreurs. “We’ve got one of the soundest food safety systems in the world.”

Charlebois, now associate dean at the University of Guelph’s College of Management and Economics, thinks consumers must also share some of the blame for food safety. He estimates that close to 85% of
the reported 11 million annual cases of food-borne illness are the result of improper
handling at home.
product_recalls  tracking  traceability  audits  Sylvain_Charlebois  food_safety 
december 2011 by jerryking
New services help small firms track workers with social-networking tools -
It's 10 a.m. Here's How to Find Your Workers.
small_business  employees  tracking  traceability 
november 2011 by jerryking
What's on your plate? Canada lags in tracing food for safety and profit
Nov. 22, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Jessica Leeder — Global
Food Reporter. Savvy food companies, driven by the spate of
high-profile recalls and an increasingly competitive market, have begun
publicly flaunting their farm-to-fork “traceability”. Translated from
industry jargon, that means their ability to trace and to catalogue,
step-by-complicated step, the journey food takes from the moment it
leaves the farm (or sea) until it arrives on a plate.
traceability  product_recalls  food_safety 
november 2010 by jerryking
Thirty-five years after the advent of the bar code, new sticker is smarter, smaller
Jun 25, 2009 | The Globe and Mail. .: pg. B.8 | Terrence
Belford. DataBar, the latest step forward in bar-code technology. A
small round label with black bars stuck on those fruits or vegetables.
Those small black stripes are tiny libraries of information."For
consumers it means much greater speed passing through the checkout
counter," he says. "No more [clerks] looking through product lists
manually to find prices. They can all be scanned in seconds."

For retailers it opens the door to easy, inexpensive new ways to track
inventory, determine which items from what suppliers sell best, prevent
the sale to customers of items at or perilously close to best-before
dates and to avoid cashier errors.
ProQuest  Terrence_Belford  barcodes  traceability  tracking  mobile_phones  inexpensive 
april 2010 by jerryking
Austin's affordable hardware helps its shopkeepers take on Manhattan
28-Sep-2005 | Financial Times | By Dan Roberts. Online article title "Austin's affordable hardware helps it take on New York".
affordability  Austin  Texas  Whole_Foods  cheap_revolution  traceability  tracking  small_business  start_ups  databases 
october 2009 by jerryking
Tracking deliveries of all kinds is on everyone's radar -
7/31/2009 | | by Bruce Horovitz. " "Data is
money," says Patricia Martin, author of Renaissance Generation: The Rise
of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business. "The more
information you have, the more interesting you are.""
traceability  tracking  Fedex  UPS  location  data  data_driven  analytics  logistics  couriers  package_delivery 
september 2009 by jerryking
Forging a Hot Link to the Farmer Who Grows the Food -
Published: March 27, 2009

"Its Find the Farmer Web site and special labels on the packages let buyers learn about and even contact the farmers who produced the wheat that went into their bag of flour.

The underlying idea, broadly called traceability, is in fashion in many food circles these days. Makers of bananas, chocolates and other foods are also using the Internet to create relationships between consumers and farmers, mimicking the once-close ties that were broken long ago by industrialized food manufacturing.

Traceability can be good for more than just soothing the culinary consciences of foodies. Congress is also studying the possibility of some kind of traceability measure as a way to minimize the impact of food scares like the recent peanut salmonella crisis.

The theory: if food producers know they’re being watched, they’ll be more careful. "
traceability  food_crops  farming  farm_productivity  agriculture 
march 2009 by jerryking - Raw tomatoes cause salmonella outbreak
June 5, 2008 | G&M | by Carly Weeks. Article on tomatoes
and food traceability.

Those weaknesses have been amplified in the past few decades

" Fresh produce has always been vulnerable to bacterial contamination, in part because it's grown outside and may come into contact with animals in the field or contaminated fertilizer, or be tainted by unsanitary handling.

Those weaknesses have been amplified in the past few decades by the explosion of industrial-sized farms and the proliferation of dominant companies who supply a large portion of the product available on store shelves."
food  food_crops  product_recalls  traceability  tomatoes  food_safety  tracking  E._coli 
january 2009 by jerryking

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