The global population is increasing at a steep rate, far outpacing available resources in the traditional “take-make-waste” approach of the linear economy. This is why there is a shift towards a circular economy. Solutions that aim to reduce waste and the use of new raw materials enable establishing a closed-loop economy. Thus, circular economy solutions turn waste into resources and extend the life of products and materials. While recycling, reusing, and repairing have been around for a long time, startups and smart cities are turning to technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain to advance the circular economy.
Smart logistics requires the combination of software and ar glasses to present visualized information in real-time, unified management of warehouses, including the registration and recording of goods in and out of the warehouse, sorting, and classification of goods, to realize rapid real-time query and traceability of information.
Technology is advancing rapidly and with it comes the potential to improve pharmaceutical manufacturing. At the end of 2020, Schott scooped the top place in our annual Innovation Awards for its Smart Container Technology – individually coded vials that give manufacturers the ability to track vials moving through fill and finish lines. Not only could this improve reject management and line clearance, but the data gathered could also influence process improvements. Regulations don’t currently mandate that manufacturers implement this level of traceability in manufacturing, but companies are already looking to the future and evaluating how solutions like this can benefit their business.
Pharmaceutical companies need to keep track of their packages and parcels as they move through the supply chain. Companies need to trace packs at the individual and pallet level so that they can ensure that customers receive the correct products in the right quantity. To do this, pharma supply chains implement a range of security measures, which we describe below.
The benefits of connected packaging can be significant, delivering a unique and challenging blend of engagement and data, allowing teams to make better product decisions and plan more effective marketing campaigns.
Low-quality medicines are becoming an industry problem with an estimated $ 200 billion annually, while also increasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance. According to estimates, 10 percent of all drugs in the world are counterfeit drugs.
Pionnier dans l’ADN moléculaire, Olnica est à l’origine du traceur invisible à code unique à base de terres rares, intégrable dans la matière première ou imprimable sur n’importe quel produit, packaging ou étiquette. Olnica a depuis développé une offre complète matérielle (lecteurs pour les contrôles en usine ou sur le terrain), logicielle (applications connectées et Cloud sécurisé traçant les contrôles produits en temps réel) et de service (audit, intégration et Forensic).
The management and control of the drug supply chains have gradually been changing in order to ensure efficiency and integrity in the operations. The SFDA regulations and standards began having an impact in early 2019 and have grown to bring about impressive changes in the health industry. In order to enhance a reliable tracking system, the SFDA had to adopt and implement GS1 standards for pharmaceutical products which were also inclusive of non-prescription medicine. The GS1 standards are designed in a way that they refine the safety, visibility and efficacy of supply chains across both physical and digital channels. The SFDA has always had a vision and objective of ensuring the pharmaceutical supply chains are secure, systematic and meet the subjective needs of all parties involved. With such an ambitious goal, it is crystal clear that it can only be achieved if the set laws and regulations are strictly adhered
The packaging industry is adopting smart and sustainable solutions to make product packaging more consumer-, brand-, and environmentally-friendly. The major packaging industry trends that enable smart packaging are the internet of packaging, active packaging, and the use of nanotechnology. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic has kept people in their homes, packaging from online shopping creates the serious challenge of waste production. Hence, startups and scaleups accelerate innovations around biodegradable, recyclable, and edible packaging. At the same time, the deployment of 3D printing and robotic packaging simplifies packaging processes and reduces costs for brands and consumer product companies.
Mettler-Toledo said having full visibility of all product data will help to identify ingredient and packaging issues early in the manufacturing process thereby facilitating product recalls and traceability to the precise location of substandard product in the marketplace for quick retrieval.
Serialization is the assignment of a unique serial number to each salable prescription product unit. Each prescription product contains information about the product's origin, batch number and validity date. In the United States, serialization of all prescription drugs at both the salable unit level and the case level became mandatory in 2017.
In 2017 the Indonesian Food and Drug Authority (BPOM-Bedan Pengawas obat dan Makanan) began the initial implementation of serialization to fight the impacts of counterfeit drugs in the country. It, in turn, became the first ASEAN member state to implement and begin the serialization process.
The National Health Regulatory Authority in Bahrain plays a key role in ensuring expected health standards are met. This guarantees that patients are provided with safe drugs and can access the best form of medical care. The NHRA is an independent sector that regulates the entire healthcare system in the Kingdom. It has effective regulatory procedures that involve the licensing of all parties involved in the healthcare business such as pharmaceutical centres and hospitals. The NHRA has implemented a blockchain based end to end traceability hub which is the first of its kind in the GCC.
The epidemic has brought in a renewed effort in maintaining strict hygiene and safety standards keeping consumer safety in mind. It is needed for business owners to have clear visibility of the supply chain. Traceability plays an indispensable role in consumer safety when it comes to either food and pharmaceutical products or industrial goods. The following are the top 7 reasons that indicate why traceability implementation is important.
Sustainability is high on the agenda of today’s shoppers. This is reflected by the fact that over three quarters (75% UK and 77% U.S.) of consumers will use their mobile device to connect with products for experiences that add value to their lives such as how to dispose of or recycle a product. The recycling information provided by a connected product is location-based, so the packaging itself can advise where the nearest recycling centre is. Over half of UK respondents (57%) want to use packaging to learn about the sustainability credentials of the product compared to 63% in the U.S. Providence is also key for today’s discerning consumers as a further two thirds (63% UK and 71% US) aim to use the connected packaging to find out how the product is made.
A product’s life cycle begins in a manufacturing unit and enters the supply chain network to reach the end customer. However, bulk manufactured goods are susceptible to damage or loss due to the mass handling of products. Moreover, there is not yet one proper mechanism to track every unit of a product, leading to losses due to damage, inferior product quality, and theft. That is why startups develop easy-to-deploy sensor technologies to enable the tracking of a product throughout the supply chain.
Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the packaging industry. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups advancing the Internet of Packaging.
Packaging is at the center of the branding experience and serves as a primary way companies communicate who they are—a chance to meaningfully engage with consumers. The methods to do so are constantly changing, a truism highlighted by 2020.
Not only do the majority of consumers (51 per cent) want to buy more sustainably, but 68 per cent of them say that they rely on brands to act as leaders in delivering positive social and environmental outcomes in wider society. That's a huge remit. But crucially, brands are realising that packaging is a key area where they can make a difference - evaluating how it is produced, used and disposed of, but also, as a platform to communicate directly with customers and drive positive behaviour change.
QR codes provide businesses tools for tracking, targeting and analytics, but some experts say the technology can store digital information such as when, where and how often a scan occurs. The codes open an app or a website that tracks a user’s personal information, and have allowed restaurants to build a database of their customers’ order histories and contact information—a growing privacy concern among some users.
ePacConnect flexible packages are used by consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and have Scantrust secured and serialized QR codes printed on the packaging. Because every ePacConnect flexible package includes a Scantrust QR code, every single ePac flexible package is an online gateway with connected packaging features. These features range from consumer engagement tools to active brand protection anti-counterfeiting features. A simple scan of a safe QR code on packaging is all it takes to benefit from these features.
What is smart packaging?It refers to the package that links the physical world with the digital world, connecting retailers, manufacturers, customers and digital channels. By utilizing new technologies to become more than just a mere container, it allows packages to be more communicative, individualized and actualized.
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Mobile marketing has become synonymous with modern-day digital marketing. Mobile now accounts for 72% of US digital ad spend, as mobile devices continue to be the leading source of internet traffic on all channels. However, not many marketers can run expensive mobile advertisements or build mobile apps to engage users. QR codes offer a cost-effective way to leverage mobile marketing to drive customer engagement and retention. Here is a comprehensive guide to how you can use QR codes to enhance your mobile marketing strategies.
For as far back as we can remember, the bulk of the industry’s innovations and investments were geared towards the start and end of the supply chain, namely AgTech and end-consumers. In recent years, however, an increasing number of companies have begun identifying and tapping into the growing demand for more digitalisation along the entire food supply chain. Transparency, sustainability and safety are amongst some of the factors driving the emergence of new technologies, such as blockchain and IoT sensors. From real-time tracking to data management, predictive maintenance to food flavours, we look at some of the exciting companies promoting digitalisation in our rapidly growing food supply chain.
The accuracy of serialization data and compliance by trading partners provides the foundation for compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). During the pharmaceutical packaging process, however, there may be unplanned events that jeopardize the integrity of the data, reduce productivity and increase operational costs.
Alors que le Pass sanitaire sera demandé dans la plupart des lieux publics et commerces dès cet été, voici une méthode pour le dégainer plus vite que la lumière.
VRS or Verification Router Service is an automated way of verifying saleable returns to improve supply chain efficiency while maintaining the integrity of the supply chain and keeping it free from counterfeit drugs.
Sur le pass sanitaire, toutes les informations concernant son titulaire sont stockées dans le code QR (Quick Respons ou réponse rapide). Ce code-barres en deux dimensions contient l’identité de la personne (nom, prénom, date de naissance) les données sanitaires (test antigénique ou PCR de moins de 48 heures) et de vaccination (nombre de doses de vaccin injectées par rapport au schéma vaccinal, date d’injection, vaccin employé, fabricant du produit médical, émetteur du certificat, l’État membre de l’UE où la personne a été vaccinée).
Packaging is made ‘smart’ by integrating an array of advanced technologies that turn it into more than just a container for a product. These additions enable immersive digital experiences, connectivity with a wider supply chain, and even the ability for packaging systems to make changes to the product within.