SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

December 08, 2009 12:24 ET

Latest Trends in Food Safety and Traceability

Learn How Leading Manufacturers Respond to Non-Conforming Shipments in 2 Hours and Produce 99% of Products in Compliance

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - "Food Safety and Traceability: Keeping Consumers Happy and Healthy," the latest research by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), has correlated specific business capabilities and technology enablers to higher operational performance. For the purposes of this study, Aberdeen has evaluated and classified manufacturers based on four key metrics. Top performers are performing at the following levels:

--  99% Products in Compliance
--  98% Complete and On-Time Shipments
--  89% Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE)
--  2 hours Track & Trace Response Time

"Food safety, compliance, product recalls, and brand reputation have forced many food and beverage companies to question their ability to provide enterprise-wide traceability," says Matthew Littlefield, Senior Research Analyst. "Top manufacturers are automating data collection, establishing role-based visibility and investing in technology across the overall technology stack to improve product and process traceability across the enterprise."

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