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Monday, 30 November 2009

Bridging the gap in supply chain standards

If products are not tracked from their place of origin to their point of sale, there is no way of locating when and how product problems occur. Tracking products throughout their journey to their final destination is essential if we are to ensure worldwide supply and demand chains that deliver excellent-quality products. The three-year BRIDGE ('Building radio frequency identification for the global environment') project received EUR 7.5 million in EU funding to take up this challenge and it delivered exciting new tracking techniques using radio wave technology. Problems with the transport of goods such as delays, contamination or changes in temperature can mean that products are sometimes damaged or degraded when they arrive at their destination, and perishable goods such as food or pharmaceutical products are particularly vulnerable to this. What is needed is a global system where goods are tracked from point of production to point of sale. The Bridge project, the largest of its kind to date, has taken up this challenge by spending three years researching ways to improve the tracking of products in national and international supply and demand chains.

Source: European Commission