Because Bassian Farms utilizes a robust inventory management system, they were able to instantly track the sales of all affected product in a recent recall, including sales of the individual chubs, and notify the exact recipients without having to issue a blanket recall for all loose product sold since receiving the recalled cases.
From a technology perspective, manufacturing traditionally has lagged behind other industries such as healthcare and financial services. Manufacturers’ data centers, on average, are older; many are antiquated. This can prove expensive.
Manufacturers and distributors are, naturally, well-aware of the successes that strong e-commerce platforms bring to business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprises. Think Amazon, primarily, or any other big-box stores that offer their whole catalog online, in addition to in-store pickups or other convenient perks.
If I were to take a poll of readers, collecting the answer to the question, “What one business process is obviously wasteful and also too difficult to fix,” I think I can predict what a common answer might be. Take a moment to consider your own answer to the question.
The FDA has released two proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Foreign Supplier Verification and Third-Party Accreditation. Robert Hibbert, a partner with Morgan Lewis’ FDA Practice, spoke with Food Manufacturing about these rules and how they may impact food manufacturers.
Manufacturers are eager to streamline complex processes in an effort to produce significant cost and time savings while increasing overall productivity and profitability. However, streamlining long-established processes can be a daunting, time-consuming endeavor.
In Lean, Kaizen is the ultimate manifestation of the Lean methodology, and Kaizen refers not to “Kaizen events,” but rather to small, incremental improvements every day. In Six Sigma we got in the habit of organizing improvement projects, assigning teams and reporting our results.
Cyber criminals are getting smarter. And with more automation in the industry, cybercrime has increased year after year, with small businesses particularly vulnerable. Doing everything you can to protect your site and your users has become fundamental.
In the wake of the protracted economic downturn and equally slow recovery, manufacturers have been challenged to find new ways to improve margins and revenue growth. Those companies that have best adapted have set new standards in cost-savings, quality control and productivity.
Dave Watson of Campbell Soup Company and Pepperidge Farm sat down with Food Manufacturing to discuss the latest baking trends and how they will be highlighted at the International Baking Industry Exposition this year in Las Vegas.
The influence of Big Data in manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize how we build, produce and live. It also presents fresh challenges to the manufacturing industry. Chief among them is the exponential growth in volume, velocity and complexity of data coursing throughout the entire manufacturing enterprise.
How much money is the status quo costing your business? When you look at how you do business and how that impacts your electricity usage and spend, you start to realize that sometimes "business as usual" can be taking away from your bottom line.
Over the past two months, we’ve surveyed maintenance professionals to identify how the industry uses software to get organized, improve efficiencies and tackle other industry challenges. You’ll find the full report below, but here are three key takeaways.
Why is it that the most important, most powerful, most effective methods, tools or practices are also the most difficult? Answering that question might be a challenge to keep the philosophy professors busy for a good, long time.
When we participate in process improvement education, we learn the power of knowledge that is facilitated by collecting data, and a great many powerful tools that are at our disposal to help us turn data into understanding so we can make informed, wise decisions.
It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. According to one global recruitment specialist, hiring managers need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.
If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.
A sudden chemical release or unexpected machine movement can injure or kill an employee who is servicing, maintaining or repairing process equipment. Lockout/tagout procedures assure authorized employees that the equipment is safe to work on.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the prevailing method of transaction processing for mass merchandisers. Without the integration of EDI transactions into a business system such as ERP, companies are not getting the most out of this form of automation.
A recent cyclospora outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in 18 states, with some cases linked to salad mix imported from Mexico. The incident highlights the importance of using traceability to identify pathogenic contamination.