counterfeiting in fresh produce
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Is your brand being sold in other markets – and you don’t even know?

Have you heard the one about the Australian farmer who found out his Wagyu beef product was being sold in China as a cheaper cut? Unfortunately, it’s true. In late 2014, Victorian producer David Blackmore, of Blackmore Wagyu Beef, found out his premium product was being undermined in China by counterfeit products. Blackmore, who had […]

supply chain changes
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

GS1’s Supply Chain Week: the best bits, bits you missed & things you need to know

Noticed a lot of out-of-office replies in your inbox over the past two weeks? There a good chance your business contacts were absorbed in GS1 Australia’s Supply Chain Week 2015, one of the industry’s largest and most anticipated annual conferences. GS1 Australia’s Supply Chain Week is an annual event that brings various sectors together to […]

labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers
Global Manufacturing, Trends in Identification

3 labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers need to know

Are you ready for the future of labelling? Consumer needs are changing faster than ever. So it’s never been more important for food & beverage manufacturers to stay alert and ahead of the game. Here are three labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers in Australia need to know: Trend #1: Clean labelling “Clean” is the new […]

Auspack 2015
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

AUSPACK 2015 wrap-up: 5 trends you need to know

What happens when packagers, processors and manufacturers come together in one place? Trends unfold, networks are forged and the future of the Australian manufacturing industry is made. That’s what happened when the 30th edition of AUSPACK took Melbourne by storm last month. Housed in the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (aka “Jeff’s Shed”) for four […]

tracking timber
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Tracking timber in the supply chain — Part 2

The illegal timber trade is not a small problem. As we looked at last time, the World Bank estimates global illegal logging is worth $10-$15 billion annually. Much of that is in Australia’s backyard. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates illegal logging in Indonesia represents 73% of log production! While it’s 80% […]

tracking timber illegally harvested
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Tracking timber in the supply chain — is it possible?

We track all sorts of products through the supply chain — jam, shampoo, yoghurt, pet food… but what about timber? Of course, some timber products are already coded when they’re processed in the mill, but what about going back to the forest? Can we barcode forests? (This is not as silly as it sounds, and is […]

what if all barcodes were replaced by RFID
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Part 1: What if all barcodes were replaced by RFID?

We live in a data-driven world. Data fuels businesses the world over, and its significance and value is growing. Firms must capture and refine a vast mine of information to ensure better decision making. After all, good data means good business. In part one of this two-part series, we answer the big RFID questions.   In […]