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 […]

upgrading from metal detector to x-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality

The business case for upgrading from metal detector to x-ray inspection

Is it time to be upgrading from metal detector to X-ray inspection? Over recent years, Australia’s major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – have been pushing suppliers to implement metal detection systems. The strawberry needle crisis of 2018 forced the hand of many fresh produce suppliers, especially.  There were some interesting lessons for Australian food processors in […]

spring bbq
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Are you IN to WIN a Weber Q bbq this spring?!

*** Thank you; this competition is now closed. Make sure you connect with us here for insights and tailored information for Australian makers & movers, domestically and on the global stage. *** “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the barbeque is?” If this is you, we can help.  Matthews Australasia is running a […]

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 […]

hemp oil hemp seeds hemp milk
Global Manufacturing

6 reasons Australia’s hemp industry is more than hemp oil + hemp seeds…

…plus Aussie hemp start-ups to watch Australia’s hemp industry is booming, with farmers, retailers and consumers all chasing its potential. Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant, but without the psychoactive properties of its sibling marijuana. (Among the latter’s many cannabinoids giving the drug its “high”, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known. Hemp is […]

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 […]

laser marking + serialisation in food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Food safety plans, part 2: essential ingredients for food-safety programs

Ask any food supplier what equipment they need for food-safety program, and laser marking wouldn’t be the first thing they say. In fact, chances are it wouldn’t even make the list.  But for brand owners who are serious about their food-safety programs and want to meet full compliance with regulators and retailers, laser marking and […]

understanding food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

HACCP, VACCP, TACCP: understanding food-safety programs, part 1

Everyone has no doubt heard of HACCP – or “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points”. This food-safety program has been around since NASA sent astronauts into space in the 1960s. Most food businesses in Australia need to devise a food-safety program based on HACCP principles if they want to get on the supermarket shelves or into […]

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 […]