In January 2012, the Obama Administration introduced the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security. The White House recently released an update on the government's progress in implementing the strategy.
While labeling may not be the first area that springs to mind when executives talk about risk management, no company would take such a cavalier attitude toward the subject if it had seen firsthand how a labeling breakdown can lead to shipping delays and lost revenue during a supply chain disruption.
The way goods are assembled, shipped and delivered is constantly evolving as the world economy develops and individual enterprises adapt to new opportunities created by technology.
After January 28, companies that use POSTNET barcodes will no longer be eligible to send mailings at the discounted "automation prices" offered by USPS. In order to be eligible for the preferential rates, organizations will need to begin using the Intelligent Mail Barcode.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis recently published an article describing their research into how the quality of wine is affected by the conditions in which it is stored.
When we talk about counterfeit goods, there is often a nearly exclusive focus on China. This narrow line of thought fails to take into account the broad scope of what is truly a global problem.
Many travelers have been subjected to delays as a result of mechanical problems on planes. This is an inconvenience to passengers and an added cost for operators. However, barcode labeling could help airlines reduce the number and duration of delays by speeding up repair processes.
A dangerous chemical fire is burning in Kentucky today, following a train derailment that took place on on Monday. The Associated Press reports that the entire town of West Point has been completely evacuated, while residents of nearby areas are being urged to remain indoors and keep windows closed.
With the holiday season coming up, many companies that produce consumer goods may find themselves needing to scale up their production and distribution practices to meet an uptick in demand.
Chinese authorities recently granted FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) permission to begin operating express-shipping services in a small number of major Chinese cities, providing a small opening in what continues to be a largely insulated domestic package industry.
In order to depend on "upstream" international partners - those who ship raw materials or component parts to the U.S. for use by domestic manufacturers - businesses need to be able to constantly verify both the contents of incoming shipments and critical information regarding the handling of goods.
Proper labeling is critical when it comes to ensuring that hazardous materials are handled appropriately.