Carefully Moving the Cold Chain: Best Practices With Managing Refrigerated Cargo

Refrigerated and temperature-controlled cargo is becoming more popular as more commodities require specific climate conditions for transport. More and more...

Written by Garret Weigel | February 20, 2020 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, FSMA, Supply Chain

Read More

Monitoring Perishables and Medications During a Power Outage

California has experienced unusual weather throughout its 169 year history, but more recently the most populous U.S. state has seen widespread droughts and severe wind. This has caused utility companies to take proactive measures to prevent wildfires - another issue this state is no stranger to. Drought and wind contribute to starting wildfires, leading to the difficult decision of cutting off power for customers.

Written by Garret Weigel | February 18, 2020 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, Connected Facility, Supply Chain

Field to Market: Grape Logistics

Delano, California is grape country. The northern California town is located about 30 miles from Bakersfield, and is the home of grape growers. It's also the site of the 1965 Delano grape strike led by then activist Cesar Chavez of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). At the time he led the workers seeking improvements in farm workers wages and working conditions.

Written by Garret Weigel | February 6, 2020 | Food Safety, Supply Chain

Monitoring the Temperature of Complex Systems… and Sandwiches

In a simple cooler or freezer, a single sensor will suffice. Air comes off the cooling unit, is pushed through an in-take vent into the body of the cooler/freezer, and then pulled out of the compartment through an out-take vent. As long as the cool air is flowing through the unit, the sensor will accurately convey the temperature for that unit.

Written by Genevieve Shattow | January 29, 2020 | Food Safety

How Industry and Congress Plan to Fix Food Expiration Labels

In our previous post about expiration labels, we surveyed the history of open dating, its lack of standardization, and the subsequent consumer confusion about food safety that creates unnecessary food waste. In this post, we follow up with a discussion of the current (and inadequate) regulations for expiration dating, recommendations for change by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), current industry...

Written by Garret Weigel | January 23, 2020 | Food Safety

Supermarkets Moving Toward Zero Food Waste

Food retailers are gatekeepers to the U.S. food system. They influence what products travel from farms to shelves, and help determine consumer shopping trends. For these reasons especially, grocers are increasingly under pressure to reduce their food waste footprint. For instance, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) recently took the industry by surprise, grading the country’s top 10 largest supermarkets on...

Written by Garret Weigel | January 15, 2020 | Food Safety, Supply Chain

Subscribe to the SmartSense Blog

Stay up-to-date with the latest news in food and pharmacy safety, facilities monitoring, and supply chain visibility.