From the Wires
CAPS Enhances Container Tracking Capabilities to Support Customer Quality Initiatives as Food Industry Standards Increase Accountability Requirements
By: Business Wire
Dec. 4, 2012 07:00 AM
CAPS (www.usecaps.com) proudly announces recent enhancements to its proprietary container tracking software, CAPS-TRAC™, enabling users to capture, store and report on newly added data points. In addition to tracking individual container IDs and contents, customers now have the ability to track critical quality-related data throughout the supply chain including product temperature, weight, safety seal numbers, and more. The launch of these new tracking and data recording features are timely with the introduction of increasingly stringent government and industry food safety regulations such as the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
In addition to its full-service returnable shipping container rental programs, CAPS offers a stand-alone SaaS (software-as-a-service) reusable container management solution. Since its initial development of CAPS-TRAC™, the company has continued to leverage emerging technologies, ensuring they provide customers with a comprehensive, reliable, flexible asset tracking system including extensive reporting capabilities.
“With the new CAPS-TRAC™ capabilities, food suppliers and manufacturers can now electronically capture, store and report on key data control points throughout their supply chain,” explains Keith Schall, CAPS Director of Business Systems & Technology. “Doing so reduces manual processes and room for human error while complying with new regulations requiring more rigid data capture methods to ensure accuracy and accessibility in case of recalls.”
At the recent PACK EXPO tradeshow in Chicago, CAPS addressed the new food safety regulations and associated challenges in an education session entitled, Implementing an Asset Tracking System is Easier Than You Think – And It’s Key to Meeting New Regulations. While introducing the concept of tracking as a way to support quality control programs, it also dispelled the common misconception that implementing a tracking solution is complex. Joining CAPS to discuss the benefits of implementing a comprehensive container tracking solution to help capture and record key quality data points was Rob Welling, Darifair’s VP of Supply Chain. As a leader in the dairy industry for over 25 years, Darifair is a recognized supply chain innovator.
“With the new regulatory trends heavily affecting our industry, CAPS-TRAC™ allows us to continue to stay ahead of the curve by electronically recording and transmitting data at key points in the supply chain,” explains Welling. “The data capture integration provides reliable, comprehensive information that allows us to make timely, informed decisions to improve our overall operational efficiency.”
The CAPS-TRAC™ system resides in a secure cloud environment and is available from any Internet-accessible computer. Data can be captured via mobile scanning devices or RFID-enabled portals. The data is automatically transmitted, processed, and immediately accessible for review by all relevant supply chain partners.
CAPS has been a trusted name in container management solutions since 1998. To learn more, visit www.usecaps.com.
CAPS is a Michigan-based supply chain management company offering comprehensive container management services including container rental, cleaning, repair and tracking. CAPS helps its food, beverage, and personal care customers reduce material handling costs while improving supply chain performance and initiating environmental practices. The company has been named a Top 100 Food Logistics’ technology solution provider the last four years, and has been honored as a Green Supply Chain Award Winner by Supply & Demand Chain three times. For more information on CAPS, visit www.usecaps.com or call (888) 873-2277. CAPS is part of Brambles Limited, the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling solutions.
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