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   Food Supply Chain Startup Verigo Launches New Quality Analysis Platform
by Verigo
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:02AM EDT

Gainesville, FL - 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, empowers growers, shippers, and retailers to enforce process standards according to a new standard quality metric: the remaining shelf life of each shipment.

“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.”

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 the leading 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. By utilizing over 30 years of research from the USDA, and various shelf life studies with quality conscious berry growers such as Driscoll’s and Berry World, Pod Quality translates the recorded temperature data into an actionable continuous quality score, called “Product Life”. Product Life displays the relationship between a variety of variables -- commodity type, initial freshness condition, and overall temperature exposure -- and translates them to a single actionable metric via Verigo’s Product Life Models. Truth in Transit | www.verigo.io | 352.363.5070 | info@verigo.io Truth in Transit 747 Sw 2nd Ave IMB 28 Suite 227 Gainesville, FL 32601 United States

“This concept [smart shelf-life management] has been around for a long time, but it has never actually been developed and released as a usable product. Now that it’s here, we have an opportunity to change how quality is managed to prevent millions of dollars and shrink, and provide unprecedented quality to consumers. It’s truly a win-win.” states Kinsey. “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”.

Verigo is a technology company on a mission to reduce supply chain abuse and help keep the products you rely on safe. From fresh produce to pharmaceuticals, Verigo develops quality management solutions that empower stakeholders to ensure safety and reduce shrink of the perishable products in transit. Verigo strives to bring truth, transparency, and traceability to perishable supply chains through innovative technologies that make the world safer and less wasteful. Verigo is truth in transit.

More information can be found at www.FarmtoForkFresh.com

Source: Verigo 


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