Online database tracks container shipments worldwide

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Supply chain, Containerization

A supply chain tracking company has created an online database food
firms can use to track their freight containers in real time using
radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Regulation and the demand for better traceability throughout the supply chain is driving the search for systems that can provide records that can be used to satisfy inspectors and retailers that a product has come from the right source.

Detailed records are required for the use of reusable RPCs, bins, boxes, pallets, and drums to satisfy EU, FDA, and Homeland Security traceability rules, as well as all national and international import and export regulations.

ScoringContainers.com says its system can be used for national and international freight container shipments. Applying real time asset tracking protects food handlers and tracks problems faster within the supply chain, whether for external or internal manufacturer's traceback systems, ScoringContainers stated in releasing the product.

The system tracks RFID tags and barcodes in labeled drums, boxes, pallets, bins, shipping containers. ScoringContainers' internet-based database is able to maintain a complete, traceback of transport and data records in real time for all types of products, including feeds, foods, fruits, ingredients, materials, and vegetable crops, the company claimed.

The database allows secure internet access to the information stored in RFID tags and barcode labels, enabling positive identification of the container's contents. ScoringContainers maintains the date on the security, condition, and proper schedule for containers and their contents.

The site can also provide information on the original source, source destination, handlers, shippers and temperature of the shipments.

"It is extremely important to secure the worldwide food and product supply from source to final destination, thus protecting the supply chain from disruption by bioterrorists and contamination,"​ the company stated. "This applies to everything on our dinner tables, from bulk grains to fresh fruit and vegetables. All types of meats and processed foods - all the things we routinely eat - are exposed to a wide variety of transport and handling stages. Everyone in the supply chain has to be able to produce records on demand in case of a health or catastrophic event."

All transporters, trucks, trailers, dock loaders, and employees are part of the data records. The movement is tracked using a "Premises ID Code" (PIDC), a unique method of locating a geographical point on the earth. Goods are tracked to the next unique PIDC point to point along the chain.

The RFID and PIDC search engine-linked database enables users to search and retrieve the complete traceback record within seconds, whether external or internal within a plant.

ScoringContainers.com is a division of ScoringSystem, Inc., located in Sarasota, Florida.

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