36 MARCH 2016 It’s Time to Care About Supply Chain Management The New Benchmark in Food Safe Brushware ULTRA SAFE TECHNOLOGY is part of Vikan’s ambition to create the most secure, safe and hygienic cleaning tools for the food and beverage industry. The UST Brushware features a unique fi lament retention system which makes it the safest brushware available globally. Vikan has reinvented the design for global excellence in hygiene and cleaning ability, and has developed UST in close consultation with food industry partners. The new Filament Security Units are moulded as an integral part of the brush, effectively making it a one-piece brush. This feature eliminates the risk of loose fi laments, and thus the potential for product rejection, recalls and waste. The unique brush head pattern makes the brush easy to clean and dry, and improves cleaning effi ciency. For further information and assistance, please contact Wells Hygiene on +64 9 263 9332, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: www.wellshygiene.co.nz. The future is surely one of nearperfect visibility for items throughout the global supply chain; visibility that enables supply chain managers in multiple organisations to track and trace items in real, or near real time, with great precision and security. Such a future is here because we have the technology readily available in a well proven, economically viable form. That technology is EPC Gen 2 RFID (radio frequency identifi cation)– using RFID tags and readers which operate on what is known as the second generation Electronic Product Code (EPC) global standard for data storage, transmission and sharing. Together these components enable rapid, automatic identification of individual items in warehouses, shipping containers, retail stores and so on – and the meaningful exchange of data on these items between supply chain partners across the world, regardless of differences in human language and other forms of technology. RFID has, of course, been around for more than seven decades. New Zealanders will know it best in the form of non-EPC systems for electronic road toll collection, controlling access to secure buildings or reading livestock ear tags. We do have some more advanced applications, based on early-generation EPC, in supply chain operations and in areas of healthcare administration. Gary Hartley is gen eral manager for sector development with GS1 New Zealand. The future of supply chain management is here. Unfortunately it seems that many supply chain management professionals, internationally as well as here in New Zealand, have yet to catch up with it or worse…don’t seem to care.
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