Every Link in the Chain
Unless it’s a Porsche or Prozac, a porterhouse or pansies, motor parts or plasma screens, petroleum or Harry Potter movies, the nation’s budget or frozen peas.
Diversity of MeasuresThere are numerous security measures that firms such as Ryder employ, from work instructions for pallets to the integrity of cargo seals to use of security video at warehouses and distribution centers.
But Anderson is no go-it-alone security executive. Programs such as Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism or C-TPAT and Partners in Protection or PIP set a higher bar for everyone, thanks in part to terrorism concerns. C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative that builds cooperative relationships to strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. C-TPAT trade-related businesses have reduced the number of CBP inspections with reduced (that is less expensive) border delay times and priority processing for CBP inspections, among other higher security advantages.
Also a voluntary program, Partners in Protection (PIP) is a Canada Border Services Agency program, that now is similar to C-TPAT, and that enlists the cooperation of private industry to enhance border and trade chain security, combat organized crime and terrorism and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling. There are electronic cargo release aspects of the programs that have bottom line benefits to product manufacturers, carriers, third parties and final sellers.
Following the Food ChainSupply chain security for cold and frozen products, including medicine, is yet another story. Unique technology here can include multi-tasking self-contained, probe-less temperature monitors with automatic Adobe PDF file generation capabilities and a USB communications interface. It comes from Sensitech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carrier Corp., itself a business unit of United Technologies Corp.
In another application that centers of food and the supply chain, Airberg Ltd., which serves supermarkets and airline caterers in the Middle East, is the United Kingdom’s leading specialist exporter of temperature sensitive, short shelf life foodstuffs by air and sea. With an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East including local customs and importing procedures, Airberg conducts close to 75 percent of its business in this region, but also delivers British specialty foods to embassies, High Commissions, and top hotels around the world. Exporting up to 150 tons worth of goods each week, Airberg relabels, repackages and ships merchandise from its 16,000 square foot facility in East Sussex. To conform to government-regulated security requirements, ensure asset protection and provide a safe working environment for employees, Airberg has deployed a high-definition surveillance system from Avigilon at its headquarters and neighboring 15,000 square foot storage facility.
Pharma PartnershipIn addition, DHL, the logistics company, in partnership with American Airlines Cargo, agreed to support pharmaceutical industry customers as they prepare to implement a new U.S. regulation aimed at 100-percent piece level screening of cargo carried on passenger aircraft.
With half a year to go before the regulation takes effect, which could cause major delays of shipments, both companies have started offering joint trainings to educate pharmaceutical customers on how best to comply with the Transportation Security Administration’s Certified Cargo Screening Program.
For instance, horticulture and flower industry auctioneer FloraHolland now tags and tracks trolleys that transport flowers and plants throughout the supply chain. Omni-ID, and partner Mieloo & Alexander, specializing in RFID-enabled process improvement, developed an UHF RFID solution to meet FloraHolland’s requirements. The company has six auction centers, a nationally operating intermediary organization and a transit department. There are 270,000 auction trolleys used for logistical processes throughout the entire supply chain. As part of the redesign, over the next two and a half years, every auction trolley will be tagged with a passive UHF RFID tag that would work well near water-filled buckets, in a high humidity environment, and with obstructed line-of-sight visibility of the tags. “The technology was able to withstand FloraHolland’s process and heavy industrial environment as well as those between and with supply chain partners,” says Johan Star, advisor supply chain logistics for FloraHolland.
Passive and Active RFIDIn a much bigger supply chain security operation using active RFID, Unisys Corporation is one of four companies selected by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office’s Enterprise Information Systems for continuing technology that resulted in the creation of one of the largest active RFID networks in the world, the Army’s RFID In–Transit Visibility system. It provides the military with instant access to information about equipment and supplies, enhancing readiness and safety.
Currently, RFID tags are attached to approximately 125,000 shipments of military supplies each week. As shipments pass through field locations, fixed and handheld readers send and receive data to and from the tags. This data is made available to the military for greater visibility into the location and status of shipments