Like our subject says we won’t get political, but in my reading I came across an excellent article about the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raid on a plant in Morristown, Tennessee. We have spoken about this before in reference to The Liabilities of Undocumented Labor?  That was 10 years ago, some things never change.

"Our customers like the clean label with the clearly readable weight." ... Last week's discussion about Traceability vs Lot Control had me thinking about labels and the surprisingly high number of times I've heard my clients say their customers had positive feedback about their new labeling.

In the food industry the terms traceability and lot control are often used interchangeably, and often the expectations of our customers and readers blur the boundaries between them. Today we will identify the differences and some of the intricacies of using one or both.  In today's warehouse barcoding is by far the most efficient way to implement lot control or traceability so we’ll focus on bar code solutions (though manual work arounds for traceability do exist.)

As we talked about two years ago we serve a lot processors in our market.  Whether it is fish, beef, pork or poultry as soon as you touch a knife to a product money can be lost or gained. Reviewing the Cutter's Dilemma seemed appropriate after attending the Seafood Show and seeing that a lot of small to mid-sized guys just aren't getting their costs right or their yields.

Food Connex joined our new sister company Seasoft in their booth at The North American Seafood Show from March 11th to the 13th.  Food Connex was founded in the protein business, and we have several seafood companies as customers, but this was my first show exclusively for the seafood industry.  Today we will discuss some of the parrallels and differences between the land and marine based protein markets.

You may have heard about KFC running out of chicken in the UK.  Unlike Chipotle's earlier problems here in the US the concern wasn't food-safety, it was pure logistics.  A new carrier (DHL) wasn't making the deliveries on time.  That got me thinking about trucking here in the US and the shortage of truck drivers we are experiencing.


Several years ago we discussed the disruptive and transformational parallels of change and the degree of change is not slowing down for a moment. I talk to food guys every day after all it’s what I do and am very sensitive to change. As we deliver our services we are “change agents.” Today we’ll address that from a different perspective and hopefully see what my readership thinks.

Last week we reviewed the complex concept of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). We’d like to take the complexity down a notch and look at a recast of our News Letter done 13 years ago. Remember if you keep it simple you have a better chance of getting it right.


Several weeks ago we touched on why the big move to Cloud Computing. As we announced one of the main reasons we were acquired was our leadership in the area of Software as a Service (SaaS) in the Cloud. Today we will discuss the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Normalization of risk (sometimes called normalization of deviance) is a buzz-word for:

“The gradual process through which unacceptable practice or standards become acceptable. As the deviant behavior is repeated without catastrophic results, it becomes the social norm for the organization.”

Issue 631 - Turn and Earn, we need a reminder.

Being that a lot of vacations are happening right now I thought it would be a good time to re-publish our turn and earn issue that we did back in 2005. Although it's an older News Letter it's one that shows you how good your inventory is doing from a profitability standpoint.

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