Illness, OUTBREAK, Death, RECALL
Why do we see these words in headlines?
Are producers, packers, shippers and stores doing the best they can to ensure a safe reliable food supply to the consumer?
I just got done reading a whitepaper, headline “When does a cantaloupe cost $55.53?”
The paper was written to highlight the risks taken when people do not follow processes that are in place. At the end of the day a person dying from complications of eating a cantaloupe are not worth the risk.
Suppose you were able to isolate a product all the way back to 10 feet of where the harvest occurred… would it be a better process for the consumer? With the technology available today, it simply is not worth the risk of labeling a pallet of goods or products when you can label each item in the box. With the technology available from Advanced Traceability Solutions, you’re able to choose how to limit your risk.
Why would you do this? This process allows you to limit your risk and protect your brand name. Consumers are the ONLY reason you have a brand. If the consumer loses confidence in your product, it could ruin your business and cripple your industry.
At the root of the compliance requirements are simple checklists and inspections. In sophisticated systems, at high cost, a lot of the data collection is automated. However, the standards and requirements for ISO, SQF, OSHA, FDA and others have a footprint way beyond the scope of these automated systems. Those areas, such as simple safety, sanitation, and security inspections are ‘blind spots’ for those systems and are typically addressed with paper documentation.
Convergence has created the opportunity to address many of these ‘blind spot’ requirements currently ineffectually met by paper based ‘systems’. The paper-based system is faulty at best, costs an inordinate amount to maintain, and its veracity is easily faulted, negating its very purpose – reducing cost, improving visibility for management and above all reducing risk. I what every business should be doing.
Why use paper when the cost is as high as $0.85 per piece of paper? That means a filing cabinet with four drawers will cost about $25,000 to fill and that isn’t the cost involved when a paper or report is misfiled or missing completely.
Moving to electronic recordkeeping is cost effective and efficient. Keeping records is essential to every business how you keep them and minimize cost is up to you.