Franwell is a leader in research, development, and implementation of business management software and RFID technology for supply chain operations.
Their Agware ERP/WMS software is specifically tailored to the fresh foods industry, has the option of RFID capability, which would enable customers to encode RFID labels with information about their product based on EPC global standards. The Agware product line from Franwell, Inc. is a financial and logistics software system designed specifically for the food industry. Their first product in the Agware line is an enterprise edition for growers, packers, shippers, brokers, and distributors of produce foods. Agware was developed through years of experience helping produce and food industry clients computerize their operations. Along with industry experience, Franwell developed Agware utilizing innovative software design and development practices.
Franwell offers a complete set of RFID integration services to assist in the proper implantation with a clients current solution or offers consulting expertise that can enhance operations. RFID and Temperature monitoring tags are showing a future in completing the cold chain of any product. Not only can tags pass on information about your product but now you can know the temperatures that your product has and are being exposed to.
Franwell has and will look for ways to work with others for the best hardware/solution and or process that will best suit the needs of a project. They are working with the University of Florida's Center for Food Distribution and Packaging to develop and learn from the ongoing research and vast knowledge they represent.
Franwell has practical experience with software and hardware for supply chain solutions as well as hands on experience working in and managing supply chain operation. This is something they bring to the table at the start which has insured a successful project. Franwell considers itself the most dynamic RFID one-stop shop and understands, develops and executes RFID with a passion evident in their track record and conversations with their professional staff.
Steve Dean, Director of Business Development
Phone 863-583-0228 ext 227
Website Address: www.franwell.com
Steve Dean makes the case for supply chain visibility.
Traceability? For Fresh Food and the entire supply chain the answer is shared data!
By Steve Dean
Supply Chain Visibility will change traceability for all products not just fresh food. All of the talk about knowing which lots are in each package of product is important, but if each person that touched that product throughout the supply chain could have access to data for that product, then we would have true traceability.
Most companies today have all of the information about their product readily available for their needs, but most of this information is not shared with the supply chain. For the fresh food supply chain this will be a vast undertaking of the entire industries, USDA, FDA and others. We must first have a network in place so the data can be published and retrieved as needed. This network could prove to be the most valuable tool every implemented and copied for all industries not just fresh food. There is a lot to do and we all need to start working to make it happen. Government needs to engage now with the industry and not have fact finding session, but engage for how and who is going to implement this. Today the USDA collects data for statistics in a very outdated manner. With the shared network in place all information would be available with access to the network. What if a recall was given and all the information was available about the product like how much, where it is, where it came from. The shared network would not eliminate recalls, but would make all information readily available which would benefit all. Nobody wants more recalls, but that is something that is not going away so we need to act now to help protect the consumer as well as the producer.
Today RFID technology offers a way to retrieve this data in the most effective manner at key points in the supply chain. Based on the progress that private companies, universities and research labs are having with RFID, it is truly the solution for automatic collection of data. Technologies can be used in many ways to make the supply chain more efficient and safer. But for these systems to be effective, they have to be interoperable with industry-wide standards for company to company, as well as country to country.
With the amount of energy focused on the RFID industry from retailers, manufactures of tags and hardware, producers, distributors and standards bodies, now would be the time to merge all that work with this solution.
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