The food supply chain is ever-evolving, which means we’re bound to run into new problems. Fortunately, with a bit of planning and strategic problem solving, we’re able to overcome these obstacles with smart solutions. Take a look at some of the problems the food supply chain is facing and how we can solve them.
Problems with the Food Supply Chain
1. Lack of traceability
Traceability is an essential component in the supply chain. Without it, it’s virtually impossible to avoid mistakes that impact your bottom line. And unfortunately, new regulations and rising complexities have made traceability a challenging task. To gain end-to-end visibility, producers, manufacturers, distributors, and logistics providers should consider implementing cutting-edge technology, such as blockchain.
2. Failure to maintain the safety of perishables
Manufacturers must provide high-quality goods that are safe for consumers. This is achievable through proper production, packing, and warehousing practices, timely transportation, adequate packaging supplies, and real-time temperature monitoring instruments. Cargo Data Lightning Real Time temperature recorders automate compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and additional food safety regulations by providing proof that perishable food items have been transported at safe temperatures.
3. Lack of communication between parties
The last thing the food supply chain needs is fragmented or interrupted communication between contractors, as this can lead to disorganization, food spoilage, and decreased profitability. Fortunately, technology has made it simpler to communicate crucial data to your suppliers and other partners.
4. Increase in food chain costs
From fuel and labor costs to investments in technology, operating an effective food supply chain isn’t cheap. However, these investments can improve your business and make you stand out among your competitors. When deciding where to spend your money, make sure to consider the ROI.
5. Inability to track and control inventory
To satisfy your customers, maintain quality, and control costs, inventory must be carefully managed. Through IoT and real-time tracking technologies, you can ensure that your inventory data is accurate.
Contact Cargo Data for Real-Time Temperature Monitoring
The cold chain is challenging to run. If you’d like to know more about our temperature monitoring products and how they can maximize your cold chain’s FSMA compliance, give us a call. We offer free consultations and can be reached at (800) 338-8134.