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Food supply chain startup Verigo launches new quality analysis platform
Verigo has released a new IoT quality management system for improving freshness and reducing shrink of fresh produce in transit. The quality management system, dubbed Pod Quality.
“We’re on a mission to improve proﬁtability and customer satisfaction in the fresh produce industry.” says Adam Kinsey, founder and President of Verigo. “This is the ﬁrst system that empowers growers, shippers, and retailers with actionable data to optimize post-harvest, inventory rotation, and routing decisions.” Food Supply Chain Startup Verigo Launches New Quality Analysis Platform
Over $7 billion worth of fresh food products shipped in North America spoil in the back of a truck or a warehouse before reaching a consumer. Even with the many advances of the modern cold chain, fresh produce often experiences irreversible quality and shelf life loss at many points between harvest and retail sale.
International logistics and customs add further complexity, and in many cases it is impossible to identify problems in post-harvest, cooling, and logistics before it is too late. The end result is billions of dollars in losses that can be prevented.
Dr. John Ryan, a food safety expert, says “When food enters a transportation arena, it basically becomes invisible. Nobody knows where it is. Nobody knows what conditions it’s being shipped under.” The old adage rings true, you can’t manage what you can’t measure.
After 4 years of R&D, Verigo has launched their IoT platform to bring accountability, visibility, and actionable insights to the perishable the supply chain. The Verigo quality management system combines wireless “Pod” devices, mobile apps, and cloud-based record keeping, Pod Quality outputs actionable quality metrics stakeholders can actually use.
“Technology has ﬁnally made it simple and feasible to monitor from farm to retail on the pallet level. It’s not a matter of if, but when -- we’re already seeing these inevitable shifts occur in areas like e-commerce and home delivery, and the supply chain is no diﬀerent. The question is who is bold enough to innovate and lead change in the industry, and in doing so get a leg up on the competition”.
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Publication date: 9/21/2017
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