African Swine Fever
Product Identification Technologies

African Swine Fever: what could it mean for Australian meat exporters?

African Swine Fever (ASF) is on Australia’s doorstep. Quite literally: the deadly virus was detected in Timor-Leste, just 680km north of Darwin, in October last year; while a few days ago, the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, reported more cases in Indonesia, including Australian tourist hot-spot Bali. Further outbreaks have also occurred in […]

coronavirus
Global Manufacturing

How the coronavirus will disrupt the Australian supply chain

* Updated 5th February, 2020 It’s official: the World Health Organisation has announced coronavirus as a public-health emergency of international concern.  Infections have spread from China to more than 21,000 people around the world – which is more than the number of people infected by SARS in 2002 and 2003. There are confirmed cases in 24 countries and […]

Coles Nurture Fund Woolworths Organic Growth Fund
Global Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Top Australian manufacturing grants

Thinking about expanding your business? Want to update your equipment to meet growing demand? Raising capital for business-growth initiatives is one of the biggest challenges Australian manufacturers face. But there is a solution… Grants.  There are countless grants and funding programs available to help Australian manufacturers and processors. Many of these are government initiatives, but […]

blockchain in food traceability
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Is blockchain a game changer for food traceability in 2020?

It’s been just over 18 months since we first discussed the idea of blockchain for food traceability.  As we head into 2020, what’s changed? Are Australian suppliers and retailers any closer to using blockchain to improve food traceability? Where will it go next?  Before we dive in, here’s a quick recap: What is food traceability? Food […]

US-China trade war
Global Manufacturing

US-China trade war: which Australian manufacturers win or lose?

The USA and China escalated their trade war in August this year. What happened here as a result? Firstly, the Australian dollar immediately fell to its lowest value in more than a decade.  With the world’s two largest economies in conflict, the global economy is looking more volatile than ever, with declining sales across many industries.  […]

Matthews is the Australasian leader in SSCC pallet labelling
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

The costliest mistakes with SSCC pallet labelling + how to fix them

Mistakes happen in labelling. However, the mistakes you make with SSCC labels can have expensive repercussions for your business and your customers.  Why? Because retailers rely on SSCC pallet labels (aka logistics labels) to efficiently and accurately process inbound pallets into DCs.  The industry standard for logistics labelling is a Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC), which uniquely […]

Australian National Outlook
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

The Australian national outlook: top takeaways for manufacturers

Will Australia thrive in the next 40 years? Or is its future prosperity at risk?  That’s what the Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO 2019) is all about.   The report, published by CSIRO in June, spells out the challenges, choices and likely consequences we face between now and 2060 that could disrupt Australia’s current conditions and influence our […]

FY19 reporting
Global Manufacturing

What we can learn from Australian manufacturers after FY19 reporting season

Now that the August reporting season is coming to a close, it’s time to take stock and look at what we can learn from the past financial year.  We took a snapshot of the reports from 8 Australian manufacturers:   Gage Roads Brewing Treasury Wine Estates Bega Cheese Group  Bellamy’s Organic A2 Milk Freedom Foods BlueScope […]

edit labels without coding
Product Identification Technologies

Do you speak ZPL? How to edit labels without coding

If you’re not a coding whizz, working with Zebra Programming Language (ZPL) for labels can be more than frustrating, it could also be costing you valuable time and money.  How do you set up your labels? Can you be confident you’re getting the right label format? How do you make changes to labels? Here, we look at what […]