FOOD SAFETY – Mojix launches ytem™ for Food, an item-level intelligence and traceability solution for the Quick Serve/Restaurant and Grocery industries

The SaaS-based solution provides real-time visibility across the entire lifecycle of food products: from raw materials to processing/manufacturing and distribution centers, through to grocery stores and restaurants. The software platform enables the tracing of Key Data Elements (KDEs) and Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) along the supply chain, thus enabling the traceability of lot codes when there are outbreaks of food-borne illness or recalls arise. Item-level visibility also enables fail-proof quality control, via the systematic review of origin, destination and freshness at each stage of the supply chain.

Los Angeles, March 16, 2021 – Mojix, a global leader in item-level intelligence solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Retail markets, announced that they have expanded their SaaS-based solution ytem to include specific capabilities for the Quick Serve/Restaurant (QSR) and Grocery Store applications. The solution provides an unprecedented level of visibility into food product lifecycles and supply chains, bringing significant improvements in key areas like customer safety, authentication, waste reduction, operational efficiency, inventory accuracy, and stock optimization.

Food Safety: a growing brand reputation and regulatory concern 

The recent publication by the European Commission, A Farm to Fork Strategy [1] and the Proposed Rule for Food Traceability [2] unveiled by the FDA in late September 2020 reflect a widespread concern on the fronts of both public policy and public opinion. A post-pandemic survey [3] shows that today, “Four out of five people are more likely to patronize a restaurant if they know what steps it is taking to enhance cleanliness, food safety or guest safety and, as a result, would be willing to pay an average of 10% more for the service.” The food industry now has more than one reason to intensify and automate food safety procedures all along the supply chain.

From Supply Chain to Item Chain

With these factors in mind, Mojix developed the item-level intelligence solution for food to meet safety and security challenges by focusing on the following critical areas:

  • Customer Safety – Identification of 100% Recalled and Expired items during Receiving and Inventory operations. Inventory visibility for required track-and-trace in regulatory compliance. The capability to pinpoint specific locations in a recall through unified stock visibility and to trigger actions to remove these products from stock with a completion status.
  • Waste Reduction – Identification of Short Shelf-Life items to enable FEFO (First Expired First Out), or promote items before expiration.
  • Operational Efficiency – RFID Receiving in 5 minutes (75-90% labor savings). Accuracy and speed are also essential for the preservation of foods.
  • Stock Optimization/Omnichannel – 100% Audit of Inbounds and Outbound Shipments – increasingly important with the new trends shaping the restaurant of the future. [4]
  • Authentication and/or Provenance – Counterfeit foods, illegally labeled and grey market goods jeopardize health and safety and cost the industry an estimated $10-15Bn in the US alone. [5]

ytem for Food

ytem for Food can accurately capture item data in most current formats including RFID, QR code, NFC and BLE Sensor. Once data is captured and stored in the ytem platform, it can be processed into a wide range of actionable forms including real-time reporting, business/operational intelligence and predictive analysis. Rules are unlimited and can be pre-defined or auto-generated. Because the Mojix solution is operating in a cloud environment, users can expect high availability and performance combined with a multi-zone, multi-region capability for global real-time data consistency. The solution is highly resilient, scalable and easily integrates via API with EPCIS standards and most ERP, LMS, WMS and WCS systems.

Dan Doles, Mojix CEO said “After successful pilots with a proven ROI, we’re rolling out this year on a large scale with some of the world’s leading QSR players. We are proud of the teams at Mojix who were able to execute this continuation of our long-term vision for item chain management by addressing the traceability challenges of our QSR customers. This gives us the confidence to enter new markets that handle perishable goods, such as the cosmetics industry and others.”

Working for the progress of global industry standards

Mojix actively contributes to two working groups facilitated by GS1 member organizations in the U.S. and France. Mojix is working with other stakeholders and GS1 France to establish standard procedures and technologies for the withdrawal/recall of contaminated foods; and in the U.S., on the subject of tag encoding of traceability attributes for the food industry (EPC Extended Attributes).

 

About Mojix

Mojix is a global leader in item-level intelligence solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Retail. The firm is leading the way in item-level traceability solutions utilizing its high security, globally scalable cloud-hosted SaaS platform. Founded in 2004, the company has deep domain expertise in serialization technologies such as RFID, NFC, and print based marking systems. Mojix builds business intelligence from event-triggered actions tracking billions of unique identities, following item lifecycles from source to shelf. Companies can leverage the seamlessly integrated data to increase their sales and operational efficiency, reduce major risks and enhance their customer experience. With offices across the US, Latin America and Europe, Mojix is now a recognized expert in end-to-end, item-level track and trace, product authentication and automated inventory management. Learn more at www.mojix.com 

 

Editorial/Media Contacts:
Jim Donaldson
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
Mojix, Inc.
(314) 223-4779
jim.donaldson@mojix.com

Helene de Lailhacar
Head of Global Marketing
Mojix, Inc.
(33) 6 70 61 72 22
helene.delailhacar@mojix.com

 

[1] Please read: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52020DC0381

[2] Please read: https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-proposed-rule-food-traceability

[3] Deloitte survey on The Restaurant of the Future dated 10.26.2020

[4] Covid delivery/takeout habits are here to stay for over 20% interviewed; over 60% of customers are willing to pick up their food at locations other than a restaurant; 40% would consider a driverless or drone delivery. Deloitte survey on the restaurant of the Future dated 10.26.2020

[5] Please read: https://globalfoodsafetyresource.com/grey-markets-products/ Some of the most counterfeited food items include olive oil, fish, and pomegranate juice, as the detection of any adulteration can be difficult to detect with these products.

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Jim Donaldson

Jim is the Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at Mojix, Inc., a global leader in item-level intelligence solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Retail. Jim has more than 30 year's experience working for both start-up and public technology companies.

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