The Amazon Effect: How Customer Expectations Have Impacted the Supply Chain

In the mid-nineties, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon to sell one of a few promising categories of products: compact discs, computer hardware, computer software,...

Written by Garret Weigel | August 15, 2018

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Supply Chain

Livestock Drivers Catch a Break With ELD Mandate Extension

Here at SmartSense, we understand the complexity of the food supply chain at every link. Making sure that our food arrives fresh, safe, and at the right temperature is the responsibility of everyone working in processing, packaging, distribution, and sales. It’s not always easy—and if anyone knows that, it’s the truckers who haul our goods from coast to coast.

Written by SmartSense | April 25, 2018

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Food Safety

The FSMA Transport Rule: What it is & Who is Responsible

The FSMA Rule on Sanitary Transportation is one of seven foundational rules proposed by the FDA to create a risk-based framework for food safety. The overall objective of the rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create hazards, such as failure of refrigeration, inadequate cleaning of vehicles, and inappropriate packing materials. Ultimately, the rule was put in place to minimize the potential of a...

Written by SmartSense | July 5, 2017

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Food Safety

Food Safety Modernization Act: An Overview

When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, it shifted U.S. food safety policy from a reactive afterthought to a proactive mission. That is, rather than responding to contamination after the fact, the law mandates preventing problems during manufacturing and transport before they occur. FSMA also provides the FDA with new enforcement authorities to achieve higher rates of compliance and tools to...

Written by SmartSense | June 27, 2017

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Food Safety

Who’s Included in the FSMA Food Transport Rule?

The FDA recently released its final FSMA rule, which applies specifically to food transportation. FSMA covers many aspects of food production, transportation of that food being one of them. While many food safety professionals have implemented HACCP or similar plans, they’ll need to review their current plans to ensure they comply with FSMA.

Written by SmartSense | May 11, 2016

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