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4 Ways Blockchain Technology Impacts Supply Chain Management
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Many companies have infused digital technologies into their supply chain management systems. From centralized data in Enterprise Planning Resource software to digital shipping systems and RFID scanning, internal intelligence has arguably never been greater.  However, companies are still limited in visibility when it comes to tracking products and components throughout the supply chain. Disparate systems…

How Blockchain and Smart Manufacturing Combine in the Modern Factory
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Smart manufacturing is all about using Big Data and analytics to drive efficiency and profitability. The entire smart manufacturing environment uses master data management to control processes and provide insight into activities of which humans may otherwise never become aware. To do this requires transparency and interconnected systems, both of which can be created through…

What’s New in Specright: Release 9.0
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Release 9.0 is now available to Specright users!  We’ve added capabilities around inventory visibility, Orders, a new look and feel for Specright Files, and Many-to-Many File Upload. Your feedback helped bring these new features to life and we’re so excited for you to put them to work! Take Inventory Visibility to the Next Level Now…

What Is Blockchain Technology? Here’s A Simple Answer
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Blockchain technology is becoming an increasingly popular buzzword in the tech industry. Even though the concept was developed in 1991 and it’s been in use since about 2009, many businesses are still at a loss as to what blockchain really is, and more importantly, how to apply it to their business. We answer the questions…

PMMI Names Specright’s Katie Exum as Rising Star in Packaging
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Irvine, CA September 12, 2020 — Specright’s Katie Exum received the On the Rise Award from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The On the Rise Awards honor individuals who are emerging leaders. According to PMMI, recipients show dedication to their company and to the processing and packaging industry through a commitment to learning and…

Supplier SDM Tablet
What is supply chain traceability?
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What is supply chain traceability?  The best part of my job is getting to talk to prospective customers.  And I’ve noticed a trend.  Many are trying to achieve supply chain traceability but aren’t sure where to start.  They throw out phrases like “farm to fork” but don’t have a roadmap for how to get there.…

Master Data Systems: The Secret to Quality Control
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It’s no secret that people are a company’s greatest asset. However, it’s also hard to argue that without access to the right data at the right time, even the hardest-working, most well-trained employees will struggle to perform their jobs to the highest level possible.  Likewise, the best data organization systems will only reach their full…

3 Things to Know About the FDA’s New Food Safety Blueprint for Traceability and Recall Prevention
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Although supply chain technology has helped regulate business activities, foodborne illnesses still wreak havoc on millions of consumers every year. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law to further regulate the way food is grown, harvested, and processed, in effort to shift from a reaction to a prevention model. However, from 2013…

3 Best Practices for Writing Technical Specifications
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Specifications are the contract all stakeholders agree to when creating a new product, and getting them right is vital to a successful project.  Traditional specification management processes aren’t designed for the constant change and evolution of the marketplace. But how do you achieve better version control, streamline communication, and get your customers the products they…

ISTA Testing Standards: What They Are and Why They Matter
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The International Safe Transit Association, or ISTA, is an organization that creates standards for packaging design to ensure the safe arrival of the package’s contents. ISTA continually tests its standards to ensure packaging designs can withstand harsh shipping conditions based on the package’s size, weight, and potential transportation hazards like temperature, vibrations, drops, horizontal impacts,…