|[May 11, 2012]
Without a trace: Lack of traceability makes product integrity - and profits - disappear
MARLTON, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
With the growing number of product recalls, industries such as
food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer goods, have all been
under intense scrutiny like never before. Recent years have
involved a number of serious - and even deadly - safety incidents, which
means the need to protect your supply chain is the key for survival.
Any weak link in the supply chain, no matter how obscure and
(seemingly) insignificant, can inflict million-dollar damage, not to
mention threaten public health.
To keep products and profits from disappearing, organizations need a software suite that tracks and traces products at the item level through the entire supply chain, says Acsis, Inc. (Photo: Acsis, Inc.)
"We are in an age when consumers are too savvy to rely on brand
loyalty anymore," said John
DiPalo, Chief Technology Officer for Acsis, Inc. "People
want more than just reassurances that their medicine and food products
are safe. They want to know where their food originated and
are demanding a safer drug supply chain. Companies who fail
to answer this call will ultimately get left behind as consumers turn
toward those can give them access to this precise type of data."
Lack of accountability is a killer.
An estimated 76 million Americans are sickened each year by
foodborne illnesses, with 5,000 fatalities annually, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This costs the U.S. economy
$152 billion a year in health care and related expenses. In
fact, 94% of large food and beverage companies (revenues > $2 billion)
put "health and well-being" at the top of their consumer trends list.
This suggests that anything that even smells of a food quality issue is
one of their biggest nightmares. "Freshness" is the next issue on the
list of what matters. Although the food industry has
started to take steps to implement new technologies to reduce the impact
of issues caused by a comprised supply chain, there is still more to be
Other industries haven't been immune, either - the pharmaceutical
industry in particular has gotten a great deal of attention due to the
ongoing problems faced in the fight against counterfeiting.
"The simple truth is that current ERP systems do not give
manufacturers and distributors the whole picture," DiPalo said. "Often,
there is no true visibilityof any given product within the supply
chain, leaving these outdated (and usually manually-processed)
traceability systems wide open to errors. Mistakes with
improper or no serialization can lead to an unrecoverable breakdown in a
supply chain that can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences."
With more companies outsourcing for raw materials and
distribution, having end-to-end visibility in a supply chain is an
absolute necessity in order to ensure public safety, as well as brand
protection. While branding is the proven means of gaining
consumer loyalty, there is downside... the stronger the brand, the
greater the risk. A global brand's strength can become a liability
overnight if tainted with a product quality issue such as a food or
medication scandal. That's why many organizations are
evaluating how item-level serialization can benefit their traceability
initiatives to support return and recall management, thus reducing lost
Product traceability can transform your purchase order into
the perfect order.
"A traceability solution is only as good as the data it provides,"
DiPalo said. "The data itself is an integral part of the
product quality, so it needs to provide an accurate picture of where
your products are at any given time in your supply chain. A
food traceability system is effective in mitigating risks only if it
meets specific requirements - both technological and regulatory -
meaning it can track and trace every component of every product."
What companies need is complete product traceability, from source
to store. This is where Acsis comes in with its ESS -
Enterprise Serialization Solution. Acsis'
ProducTrak solution suite links valuable production
data, such as ingredients, production batch, etc., with the unmatched
ability to deliver real-time product visibility - anytime, anywhere.
As we've seen with recent demands from consumers, the challenge
for companies is clear: focus on product traceability systems that
protect both the public and the brand. Acsis' products were
designed with those very goals in mind. ProducTrak provides the
infrastructure so that in the event of a food crisis, such as a recall,
the process is streamlined like never before.
"One of the major short-comings with many traceability solutions
today is the lack of ability to provide technological compatibility
among different systems, especially within a specific supply chain,"
DiPalo continued. "Acsis ProducTrak brings real-time
connectivity to every point in the supply chain, from incoming
materials, through processing, warehousing and distribution. It
does this by providing the infrastructure to manage any number of
monitoring sensors, label scanners, PLCs, label printers, and a host of
other real-time devices right there where the action is, on the shop
floor and in the warehouse.
"With ProducTrak, the enterprise gets the second-by-second data it
needs for effective management: what went where, how much of it went
there, when, and what exactly was going on in the plant at the time,"
DiPalo continued. "This is truly granular data, the key to
quality assurance and damage control, brand image and corporate
For more information, www.acsisinc.com,
or visit Acsis, Inc., at the SAPPHIRE
NOW and ASUG Annual Conference, May 14-16, Booth
# 2817, Orange (News - Alert) County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.
About Acsis, Inc.
offers an integrated suite of software solutions that provides real-time
product visibility at all points in the supply chain, including
track-and-trace at the item level. Utilizing the granular information
obtained through the Acsis
ProducTrak series - data often overlooked
by existing enterprise systems - companies can take steps to
address internal issues that negatively affect the bottom line, mitigate
the effects of product recalls and returns, and otherwise protect their
brand. The Acsis platform fits seamlessly into any workflow, and their
cloud-based solution initiative gives subscribers access to critical
information via mobile devices - anywhere, anytime.
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