Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) – Test Your Understanding!

How well do you understand Global Trade Item Numbers or GTINs? Encoded in barcodes, GTINs identify an item, package or case for fresh produce and supports supply chain efficiencies in various business processes including ordering communication about product movement and traceability.  This article from the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) details components of GTINs, steps for…Read More

Connecting the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Ask CFIA… The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) understands that access to information is key for industry to understand and comply with regulatory requirements. The CFIA website is a great resource for guidance documents and plain language information. You can sign up for email notifications for regular updates. Ask CFIA is a communication tool that…Read More

How NOT To Get Snagged by a Hacker’s Phishing Attack

It’s hard to believe that people still fall prey to phishing attacks but Norman Guadagno’s article published on Carbonite, “Don’t get hooked: Four email phishing scams to watch out for” proves how sophisticated phishing emails can be and what to watch out for. “About 100,000 email phishing attacks are reported each month and thousands of…Read More

Blockchain Technology Explained

Have you heard about blockchain technology? Here is a recent article published by Let’s get the conversation started. “Q: Blockchain seems to have come out of nowhere to become a hot topic in technology and finance but few people seem to truly understand it. What is blockchain? A: We have spent two years researching…Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter

New Publication: The CFIA Chronicle. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as launched a quarterly online newsletter called The CFIA Chronicle. It will provide updates on the Agency’s activities and highlight some of the changes underway to address an ever-changing and more global environment. The Agency is addressing an ever-changing and more global environment. We…Read More

Putting “Customer Experience” at the Heart of Next-Generation Operating Models

McKinsey & Company published an insightful article on the benefits of improving customer experiences and how results can be fleeting unless changes to supporting back-end operations are made as well. We wanted to share it with readers… “Digital is reshaping customer experience in almost every sector. Digital first attackers are entering markets with radically new…Read More

Ransomware Secrets: Small businesses keep attacks quiet

More and more companies are being threatened by cybercriminals using ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to hold a company’s data hostage until a sum of money is paid by its owner. Norman Guadagno published an insightful article on Carbonite discussing this alarming trend and the fact that nearly half the victims do not…Read More

Does Your Business Import Food into Canada?

Does your business import food into Canada, export food to another country, or sell food across provinces? The CFIA recently launched a 90-day consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to better protect the health of Canadians. What would change? If you import food or prepare food to be exported or sold across…Read More

Produce Distribution is Entering the Information Age

In the July 2016 issue of Produce Business magazine, the reality that “mobile technology and hand-held devices will bring transactions and traceability into real-time” was reported on by Bob Johnson. WaudWare president, F. Charles Waud contributed to the article and offered these comments: “Software can help produce companies obtain accurate information on what has been…Read More

The Future of the World’s Agri-Food Industry

In its final report, The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) said, “Many countries are trying to sort out how to ensure the future economic growth of their food systems while addressing climate change and responding to a litany of evolving consumer concerns. Such consumer issues include health, nutrition, food safety, sustainability, ethics, food security and…Read More