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 […]

National Traceability Project
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

National Traceability Project: what your business needs to know

The National Traceability Project is well underway in Australia. So, what is it? And why does it matter for Australian manufacturers?  No longer is traceability something for only the most forward-thinking manufacturers to worry about. Around 70% of Australia’s agricultural produce is exported. Effective traceability systems are critical for access to these export markets to […]

Woolies is trialling GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes are coming in 2019 – what Australian food & beverage suppliers need to know

Two-dimensional codes have been around for a while without attracting much attention outside of using a fixed QR-code for consumer engagement. Now, a recent announcement from Woolworths has put the spotlight on GS1 2D codes for retail point of sale (POS) to cut product recall food waste and improve traceability.   See how track-and-trace can help you become […]

serialisation code has the potential to unlock huge benefits around traceability & transparency in the supply chain
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

5 things every Australian manufacturer must know about serialisation code

Imagine if there was one thing you could do to battle counterfeiting, improve consumer safety, control inventory, optimise the supply chain processes and build brand trust.  Actually, there is – it’s called serialisation.  For most sectors, serialisation has flown under the radar for years. But the rise of counterfeiting and food fraud means the process of putting […]