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Are Meat Processors Prepared for the Extinction of the UPC Barcode?

By Sheridan Brewer on Apr 5, 2022 5:19:30 PM

By 2027, retailers must be able to scan a 2D barcode to retrieve the GTIN-12 (UPC) data string in addition to the linear, 1D EAN/UPC barcode that is commonly used today for pricing information at checkout. This does not mean the linear UPC barcode will go away entirely, but product suppliers will be able to choose between using a 2D barcode or both barcodes on their POS items.

The rollout of the 2D barcode requirement is supported through Sunrise 2027, a new initiative from GS1 US – a neutral, not-for-profit organization that develops internationally recognizable supply chain standards.

Topics: food traceability supply chain software labeling system weigh and label system inventory accuracy waste prevention
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5 Steps for Food Suppliers to Adopt Digital Supply Chain Technology

By Kathy Barbeire on Jan 8, 2021 4:01:46 PM

This last year revealed many vulnerabilities and challenges for food suppliers. The pandemic exposed a vulnerability in manufacturers’ reliance on human labor. Regulatory bodies like the FDAUSDA, and GFFA are compelling supply-chain participants to adopt common standards and digital technologies. Retailers – who are under pressure from consumers demanding more variety, sustainability, transparency, and ethical sourcing – are increasingly willing to go around manufacturers to create the products they need if they can’t get the relationship they want with the manufacturer. These challenges will continue beyond 2021.

Topics: Traceability technology supply chain food traceability continuous improvement key data elements manufacturing automation critical tracking events GS1 Standards
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CAT Squared Releases New Android Apps

By Kathy Barbeire on Mar 12, 2020 2:00:05 PM

In January 2020, Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. This will complete the end-of-life process for all Windows ruggedized environments.

Topics: food traceability android mobile handheld warehouse management software wms software warehouse management system inventory management system barcode scanners
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How Technology and Consumers are Transforming the Food Value Chain

By Kathy Barbeire on Feb 11, 2020 5:15:39 PM

At Purdue University's National Conference for Food and Agribusiness, speakers presented results of the University’s research study analyzing what data is collected across the food value chain, how it’s shared, and to what extent it is used to make strategic decisions. The study focused on five levels of the value chain: (1) Ag Input Manufacturers, (2) Ag Retailers, (3) Farmers, (4) First Handlers/Food Processors, (5) Food Manufacturers, and (6) Food Retailers. The event included panel discussions with representatives from each part of the value chain discussing trends they’re experiencing.

Topics: Traceability technology supply chain food traceability technology adoption manufacturing technology food manufacturing automation regulatory compliance food value chain consumer demand
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Leading in 'A New Era of Smarter Food Safety'

By Kathy Barbeire on Nov 12, 2019 7:27:50 PM

On October 21, 2019, the FDA held a public meeting with a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders to build a shared vision around A New Era of Smarter Food Safety, a campaign intended to strengthen the agency’s protection of the food supply.

Topics: Era Smarter Food Safety blockchain Traceability technology food traceability supply chain software prescriptive analytics food manufacturing AI industrial internet of things
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Blockchain Conference Yields Benefits beyond Traceability

By Kathy Barbeire on Apr 17, 2019 2:49:47 PM

On March 29, members of the CAT Squared team attended the 2019 Blockchain Conference hosted by the Center for Blockchain Excellence at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. The conference included several keynote speakers including Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas. There were also breakout sessions with panels of blockchain innovators and opportunities for developers to break out their laptops and practice interacting with blockchain development platforms. However, of all the sessions we attended, the one I found most exciting was a discussion led by Golden State Foods (GSF) Chief Technology Officer Guilda Javaheri.

Topics: blockchain Traceability technology supply chain food traceability food manufacturing automation food manufacturing AI
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CAT Squared to Develop Blockchain App Connecting the Food Value Chain

By Kathy Barbeire on Apr 9, 2019 6:25:08 PM

For nearly 25 years, CAT Squared has developed manufacturing execution systems (MES) to manage plant-floor processes for food processing facilities. CAT Squared’s MES delivers end-to-end traceability from receiving of ingredients and dry goods through shipping of final product. By combining our MES with blockchain and other IIoT technologies, CAT Squared can now expand the reach of our capabilities outside the four walls of the plant, connecting all participants of the food value chain.

Topics: blockchain Traceability technology supply chain food traceability supply chain software food manufacturing AI industrial internet of things
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What does Walmart’s blockchain mandate mean for you?

By Kathy Barbeire on Nov 16, 2018 2:06:18 PM

On September 24, Walmart released a letter to their leafy greens suppliers requiring end-to-end traceability back to farm by September 30, 2019. This mandate is in response to multiple high-profile recalls and outbreaks associated with these types of products. To help their suppliers meet Walmart’s traceability goal, the letter refers suppliers to the IBM Food Trust network, a blockchain solution pioneered through a partnership between Walmart and IBM to improve food safety.

Topics: walmart blockchain meat blockchain blockchain Traceability technology supply chain food traceability
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CAT Squared Supports Arkansas Food Blockchain Initiative

By Kathy Barbeire on Jul 2, 2018 10:31:21 AM

On June 27, 2018, CAT Squared along with dozens of business, government, agriculture, and education leaders from across Arkansas met with Governor Asa Hutchinson and IBM to explore the evolving use of blockchain technology to track the distribution of food from farm to fork. This workshop was a part of the Governor’s new initiative: Blockchain for Arkansas, or BC4AR, an initiative to coordinate and align safety and distribution efforts among key industry leaders.

Topics: traceability blockchain Traceability technology food traceability blockchain for arkansas initiative
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NEW Direct Store Delivery for Mobile Devices

By Kathy Barbeire on Feb 6, 2017 3:36:23 PM

CAT Squared is proud to announce the release of our new Direct Store Delivery (DSD) app for mobile devices. DSD provides route accounting, inventory control, mobile point-of-sale, and delivery functionality. The app integrates into a company's ERP, CRM, and WMS systems reconciling financial and inventory data.

Topics: Traceability technology mobile-app food traceability warehouse management system supply chain software ctb food supplychain solutions cat squared news direct story delivery system dsd management system