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Why ICICLE Integrated Inventory Management with Traceability
By: Burton Software
Though not typically associated directly with food safety, inventory management can provide an extra layer of oversight for food safety to make sure that traceability is being properly enforced. In fact, some GFSI schemes like SQF are already demanding that food companies keep track of every kilogram of product, and yet, most small and mid-sized companies don't have inventory controls in place. Larger companies often use an ERP system, but these are expensive (a sophisticated ERP system can cost millions of dollars) and complicated to implement.
Since ICICLE is built to seamlessly fit within a facility's existing operations, adding two more attributes (quantity and location) when scanning lot numbers for traceability was a natural development of the system to meet the needs of users. This comprehensive inventory management system allows users to look at any particular ingredient and see how much is available, where it is, how it's being used, and where it went.
One of the main achievements with the launch of this new feature is that users get the benefit of having an integrated inventory control system without having to do any additional work. The implications for food safety and product integrity extend even further as inventory controls can assist companies in significantly reducing food waste through advanced automation as well as combat food fraud with checks and balances, providing a rock-solid audit trail.
This marks the third major innovation in automation technology for food safety of the year, following the release of smart process and hazard suggestions with a proprietary, sophisticated algorithm, and enhanced traceability. With the launch of this new feature, ICICLE users benefit not only from comprehensive food safety management with integrated enhanced traceability, but also inventory control -- all in the same package. ICICLE can also be integrated with ERP or other financial accounting systems to complete the circle, making it exceptional as a one-stop solution for food companies of all sizes.
Icicle Technologies Inc., is creating a global community of excellence in food safety with its award-winning food safety management system, ICICLE. ICICLE takes food safety technology beyond document management to offer a complete solution for smart automation that understands and grows with your business. Looking to the future of food safety, we work together with our community of users towards consumer health, high-quality standards, and growth opportunities. Icicle Technologies Inc. is a division of Burton Software Inc. To learn more about ICICLE, visit icicle.burtonsoftware.com.