Category Archives: Security

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Any information system is only as good as the quality of its data; the well-known garbage in, garbage out conundrum. Blockchains are distributed ledgers that are subject to this principle, but more so than conventional systems since the entries are supposed to be unalterable. Is data integrity the Achilles Heel of blockchain technology, especially inRead More

Chinese Puzzle: Reducing the Risk of Food Contamination

Chinese Puzzle: Reducing the Risk of Food Contamination

China is the third-largest source of food imported into the U.S., but is responsible for the highest number of imported food safety alerts received by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Only a tiny fraction of the shipments moving through these highly fragmented supply chains are inspected, so what risk management methods can be developedRead More

Delivering Safer Mail Systems

Delivering Safer Mail Systems

In October 2015, the Chinese government announced tighter security checks on courier services following a warehouse explosion and a series of deadly parcel-bomb blasts, reported the Wall Street Journal.[1] The measures introduced by the authorities included X-ray checks on all mail, inspections of packages before sealing the items, and new registration procedures for users ofRead More

Crossroads 2016: The Food Industry’s Visibility Challenge

Crossroads 2016: The Food Industry’s Visibility Challenge

  How does a leading food company such as General Mills improve the visibility of its supply chain? Joel LaFrance, Supply Chain Visibility Lead, General Mills, will explain at the Crossroads 2016 conference, March 23, 2016, at the MIT campus, Cambridge, MA. The full agenda for Crossroads 2016 is available on the event website. TheRead More

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

An important challenge facing companies today is how to engender trust in the products they sell, and having gained buyers’ trust, how to keep it through thick and thin. There are four categories of attributes that consumers care about. The first and simplest is search attributes[i] such as a product’s weight, color, or price. “Search”Read More