Retailers Meet Supply Chain Challenges with Technology

The retail industry has seen radical swings in recent years, with the most significant being the invention of the internet, but more specifically, the birth of Amazon and other successful online retailers. To combat this change, retailers across the world have mobilized their operations to offer previously unreasonable shipping times for their products. McKinsey & Company summarizes this idea well:

Written by SmartSense | May 28, 2019 | Connected Facility, Supply Chain

The Globalization of Fresh Produce

"In the freight industry, the year-round produce that we enjoy impacts the supply and demand for trucks, affects capacity, and freight rates as well," writes FreightWaves Market Expert Michael Crosby on their website. "Strawberries and lettuce from California, tomatoes and oranges from Florida or grapefruit and pecans from Texas definitely influence the freight markets, but there’s more than inland transportation...

Written by SmartSense | March 20, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP, Supply Chain

The Challenges of Food Safety in Grocery Stores

Grocery stores provide a wide variety of goods, ranging from standard food products such as produce and dairy, and extending as far as pet products or sporting goods. This presents a unique problem to grocers: how do you get a handle on food safety when there are so many departments to manage? Additionally, consumers are becoming more health conscience and are demanding fresher, healthier foods, which requires more...

Written by SmartSense | March 8, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP

Blockchain Technology – In Plain English

When the Gartner Group conducted research among CIOs, 43% of respondents were interested in blockchain technology, but 34% had no interest. Remarkably, only a few had actually adopted blockchain: a mere 1% of respondents.

Written by SmartSense | February 27, 2019 | Connected Facility, Supply Chain

Real-World Applications of Advanced Analytics

Tackling food safety and maintaining medication efficacy is complicated, and requires close collaboration with foodservice and healthcare professionals to ensure success. In building our product line, we have worked hand-in-hand with customers to understand their needs and in turn, grow our analytics product offering.

Written by SmartSense | February 6, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, Connected Facility, Supply Chain

Emerging Issues in Grocery: The Future of Retail

Grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores... from name brands to mom and pop shops, the retail experience has changed drastically over the years. Self-service grocery stores however, both large and small, have remained largely unchanged since their inception in 1916 by Piggly Wiggly. The introduction of the shopping cart in 1937 by Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain, further upended...

Written by SmartSense | January 25, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP

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