How Proactive Organizations Solve for Weaknesses in the Food Chain

Foodborne illness remains a major public health concern in the United States. As estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks cause approximately 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year.

Written by Garret Weigel | May 22, 2019 | Food Safety, HACCP

Innovation in Logistics: Patience, Hype, and Robots

From robots and drones to virtual reality training and autonomous vehicles, new technology will change the transportation and logistics sectors forever. But it is important to note that with innovation comes development, testing, and then adoption, all of which takes significant time and resources. And time requires one very important virtue: patience.

Written by Garret Weigel | May 16, 2019 | Supply Chain

The Not-So-Common Moves in Today’s Supply Chain

When we think of logistics, we usually visualize cargo in corrugated boxes, or we maybe other materials stowed in shipping containers or transported loosely as break-bulk cargo. However, supply chain management includes anything that needs to get moved from point A to point B. While it usually refers to everyday goods and products, it extends into other areas of shipment, such as automobiles or even houses.

Written by Garret Weigel | May 14, 2019 | Supply Chain

The “Real Food” Movement Is a Real Challenge to the American Diet

In our previous post about Slow Food, we noted that this international food initiative is part of what might be called the broader Alternative Food Movement that has gained momentum in the last 15 years. “Alternative Food” is the global term covering all food activities that wish to disrupt some aspect of the food industry status quo – for the better.

Written by Garret Weigel | May 8, 2019 | Food Safety

The 5 Building Blocks of an Effective Supply Chain Strategy

Today's supply chain looks very different than yesterday. In the past, the supply chain was comprised of traffic, purchasing (sometimes called the materials planning department), and other departments associated with moving goods and materials related to business operations. It has evolved and is now an essential ingredient in the global success of competitive companies. Smart enterprises continuously put time,...

Written by Garret Weigel | May 2, 2019 | Supply Chain

Distribution Methods for Pharmaceuticals, Pt. 3: Vaccines and Temperature Monitoring

In part 1 and part 2 of our series on distribution methods for pharmaceuticals, we looked at the current model of the pharmaceutical supply chain, which has evolved so significantly since the turn of the century that the federal government has passed stricter regulations, while the World Health Organization has recommended Good Distribution Practices (GDP) to ensure the safety and security of prescription...

Written by Garret Weigel | April 30, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Supply Chain

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