Tuesday, March 16, 2021

RedLine Solutions Wins Ivanti Innovation Award 2020

 Author: Todd Baggett - CEO of RedLine Solutions

We are honored to have received the Innovation Award for Ivanti’s 2020 Supply Chain Partner of the Year. Over the past 24 years we have helped hundreds of companies acquire, implement, and manage thousands of mobile devices in the supply chain. The Wavelink products and our partnership with Ivanti have enabled us to bring value through both software and professional service that really impact our manufacturing, distribution, and logistics customers.

RedLine Solutions CEO Todd Baggett

We use Ivanti to modernize our client’s telnet applications, provide a secure browsing environment and restrict access to specific approved applications, and manage devices across work groups and geography. We even embed some of Ivanti’s products into our own Supply Chain Applications to allow rendering on multiple device sizes and screen configurations while simplifying our development efforts.


Joe Wilson, Vice President of Global Sales, Ivanti Supply Chain stated that recipients are "experts in mission-critical device management, wireless infrastructure management, terminal emulation, voice enabling, or mobile application development." Read more in their blog here.


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Monday, December 21, 2020

Improving Traceability in the New Era of Food Safety

In July, the FDA announced the New Era of  Smarter Food Safety, a new approach to food safety that leverages “technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system.” The FDA focus is on four elements for reducing foodborne illness: tech-enabled traceability, smarter tools and approaches for prevention and outbreak response, new business models and retail modernization and food safety culture.”

According to the FDA, when it comes to food traceability, “many in the food system still utilize a largely paper-based system of taking one step forward to identify where the food has gone and one step back to identify the source. The use of new and evolving digital technologies envisioned in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety will play a pivotal role in tracing the origin of a contaminated food to its source in minutes, or even seconds, instead of days or weeks.”

And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated interest in digital technologies, including those that will improve food traceability.

Meeting Traceability Challenges

Food traceability isn’t just an industry concern. As Zebra’s recent Food Safety Supply Chain Vision Study found, both consumers and industry decision makers are concerned about the source, quality and safety of their food. Nearly 70% of decision makers say the industry is well equipped to manage food traceability and transparency, but only 35% of consumers agree. 

Recent product recalls and food safety incidents, new FDA food safety goals, the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), an industry-led program designed to help the industry adopt electronic traceability across the supply chain—as well as new food safety threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic—are among many factors driving the need for new and improved traceability solutions.

The Zebra study found that nearly all (90%) of industry decision makers acknowledge that investments in traceability-focused solutions will provide them with a competitive advantage, by enabling them to meet consumer expectations.

Food Safety Scanning Solutions

Most (90%) of the industry decision maker respondents to the Zebra study say they expect to use rugged barcode scanners and other mobile technology within the next five years to digitally manage and track food products and related information.

Zebra’s ultra-rugged handheld scanners can help food manufacturers and warehousing operations achieve food traceability goals by creating a complete record of every product as it moves through each step in the facility. The Zebra 3600 line of ultra-rugged scanners, for example, is a new class of handheld scanner built to deliver the unstoppable performance required by today’s demanding environments.

Integrated with RedLine’s produce software, Zebra scanners can help you achieve fast and accurate barcode capture and meet end-to-end product traceability requirements. Redline Solutions’ industry-leading management, inventory and traceability solution provides a practical inventory control tool for produce growers, shippers and distributors. Our software suite enables fast, accurate, electronic collection of all product movements and transactions—updating our current system with real-time data, while providing your staff with actionable information that enables them to be more accurate, productive and efficient.

If you are a grower, shipper or distributor of fresh produce, our software will enable you to easily manage your fresh produce inventory and orders, from receipt through shipment, including the management of bins, cases and pallets, pack lines, label printing, order management, shipment processing and more.

With Zebra handheld scanners and Redline produce software, we can help you improve staff productivity in your facility and the web UI can be securely accessed by you from anywhere.

End-to-end traceability starts here. Find out how Zebra’s series of ultra-rugged handheld scanners—integrated with RedLine’s industry-leading management, inventory and traceability solution—can help you achieve unparalleled, end-to-end visibility and unheralded productivity. 


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Why the Move to Cloud Services is a Smart One!

Moving to the Cloud is a Smart Move for Many Reasons

America’s mainstream business move to the Cloud has been growing steadily over the past four years, and with good reason. Early on there was a lot of fear surrounding the security of having your company information in the cloud, yet today’s reality is that cloud service providers have the expertise to ensure that not only your data is safe, that it backed-up and can be securely accessed from any locations. You can also operate with hybrid models (cloud and on-premise) are often used which can give you the best of both worlds.

The cloud is no longer just about that hard disk in the sky. In fact, many of the high value cloud services are less about storage and more about computing, communicating, and securing your business data.

From a computing standpoint some interesting stats bear this out:
  • 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by the end of 2020
  • 94% of enterprises already use a cloud service
  • 30% of all IT budgets are allocated to cloud computing

Taking a Fresh look At Cloud Services

In-house computing can be expensive and small to mid-size businesses may be dependent on one or two individuals, without whom your business would grind to a halt. Furthermore, the team you have is often spread thin between implementing that new system, supporting for your users, and maintaining your infrastructure. One problem can have a cascading effect of delaying multiple projects, adding expense, and leading to employee burnout.

Buying an in-house phone system is already a thing of the past. Cloud-based telecom is the wave of the present and not going away any time soon. Employee desk phones are antiquated, with the rise of mobility, now the phone number follows the employee whether they are at their desk, in the facility or off-site. Products like Microsoft Teams integrate online meeting software and collaboration with people within your organization as well as partners, contractors, and customers as co-collaborators in a secure environment.

If you have fifty phone lines or more, either desk phones or mobile, there is a good chance you could cut your monthly bill by 25-30%. In fact, some of the companies we represent will perform an audit for free and take their payment as a percentage of the savings they identify for you.

Do you know someone in a company hacked by ransomware? Unknown assailants have infiltrated your organization via an unsecured public IP address or a Phishing email and now have your data encrypted, you’re locked out, and for a few hundred thousand dollars of Bit Coins they will maybe release it back to you. Cloud services can protect you from these scenarios, giving you access to military-grade software defense systems to not only protect you, but identify the vulnerable areas in your organization and address challenges before they occur.

The Cloud is here to stay, and you don’t have to get into an airplane to find it. RedLine Solutions has launched RedLine Cloud Solutions, a new group of cloud-savvy professionals representing the most successful cloud service providers in the industry.

We work with you to understand your business needs and introduce you to our cloud partners that specialize in these services. You work directly with the provider on the pricing, the support, and the implementation and we work with them to make sure you’re happy. The best news is that there are no up-front costs. These cloud services are offered as a monthly, ‘As-A-Service’ subscription fee. Contact your RedLine sales representative or sales@redlinecloudservices.com today for a free 30-minute consultation.

Author: Todd Baggett - CEO of RedLine Solutions


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Caring Resources for Challenging Times

Caring Resources for These Challenging Times

The Covid-19 virus pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways.  Anyone following the daily news has been inundated with constant updates on the problems. So much so, I am limiting the amount of news I watch. Instead I’m turning my thoughts to solutions. I do this by spending time to stimulate my body with exercise, trying to eat in healthy ways, and turning my attention to counter-balancing all the negativity. I am also feeding my mind with daily positive content, uplifting messages, and things like music that bring me joy.

This has been helpful in keeping me focused on the fact that we are in a temporary situation- but nonetheless we all feel pressures. As I thought about the various needs of our families, co-workers, and community an idea came to me; by putting together a web page that aggregated resources we could serve our community. I assembled a team of employees and requested resources from them and my friends and family. We set our intention and shifted our focus from business to building a web page that would serve a higher purpose. The content includes links for supplemental resources for homeschooling, making face masks, online meeting resources, and various mental health links. We also included some religious, spiritual, art and inspirational resources.

Caring about people is part of who I am, it is an important part of the culture at RedLine Solutions. Today I am pleased to announce the launch of our Caring Resources web page.

Caring Resources

I am clear that this page is not all encompassing, may not adequately represent our diversity, and is light in content. I am also clear that its purpose is to provide valuable resources on a variety of topics many of us can use now.  Perhaps more importantly, it might inspire you to search for resources to answer the questions you may be facing. I am partial to classic rock music and found many of the links here. If you love country, R&B, classical or other, I hope you will look for the music you enjoy. Our Care Team’s job is not over, in fact we are just getting started. If you have resources in any of these topic areas or would like to comment or make a suggestion, please email the topic and links to icare@redlinesolutions.com. We will be meeting weekly to review suggestions and screen content to ensure it follows our purpose, then prioritize for our web developer to add items to the page.

As we go through this difficult time we can focus on the challenges and disappointments of today or focus on using the resources available to us and do our best to focus on a better tomorrow.

Together we will get through this pandemic and hopefully come out on the other side with more empathy, kindness, and appreciation for all we have taken for granted.

We hope you find our Caring Resources page to be helpful and look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Todd Baggett

About the author Todd Baggett:
Todd is the President and CEO of RedLine Solutions; a company that provides produce  traceability and inventory solutions. He is the author of “Produce Traceability for Dummies”, and has served as the Co-Chair of the PTI Technical Working Group since 2011.

© RedLine Solutions Inc. 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to RedLine Solutions and there is the inclusion of a link to www.traceabilitynerd.com. All rights reserved. RedLine Solutions name and logo, referred to in this document, are trademarks of RedLine Solutions Inc.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus and Cleaning your Devices for Mobile Workers

With the US Government and the World Health Organization declaring a pandemic over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have all been told that washing our hands is key to our health. But what about the things we hold in our hands like cell phones and mobile computers used in our work?

TC5x and MC9300 Application

They also should be cleaned, particularly when mobile devices are shared by multiple workers. This applies to printers, bar code scanners and any other devices touched by workers, they all should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. This is essential to be done:
  1. When devices are in a pool shared by a group of workers
  2. When a device is used by different individuals in single and multi-shift operations
  3. A device is coming back from service by the vendor or has been services on-site
Cleaning/and disinfecting instructions can generally be found in the manufacture’s product manuals. Once you have located the manual, simply search the document for "clean" to locate cleaning instructions. The websites to download the user manuals commonly provided by RedLine Solutions can be found at:
  • Zebra (Locate the product type, then the product page and scroll down to the Manuals section)
  • Honeywell (Locate the product type, then the product page and it will be in the Documents tab)
  • Omron (Locate the product and click the MAN button)
If your device is not made by one of these manufactures, go to their website and search for User or Product Manuals.

One good practice is to assign specific devices to be used by specific individuals. This way you limit the number of users touching the device and if there are any issues with the device you know which team members use it.

Zebra recently published a whitepaper “Best Practices for Infection Prevention” written by Darrel Hicks, a nationally recognized expert in infection control. While this paper was written for the healthcare industry, the recommendations here provide a solid foundation for companies in all industries when taking additional precautions to protect the health of staff and customers.

Additional Zebra Device Cleaning Instructions:
About the author Todd Baggett:
Todd is the President and CEO of RedLine Solutions; a company that provides produce  traceability and inventory solutions. He is the author of “Produce Traceability for Dummies”, and has served as the Co-Chair of the PTI Technical Working Group since 2011.

© RedLine Solutions Inc. 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to RedLine Solutions and there is the inclusion of a link to www.traceabilitynerd.com. All rights reserved. RedLine Solutions & MyProduce names and logos, referred to in this document, are trademarks of RedLine Solutions Inc.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Produce Traceability is Not Just for Large Companies

Traceability systems are becoming important for small to medium-sized grower shippers and distributors. The Romaine Lettuce E.coli outbreaks of 2017 and 2018 showed the FDA that while we have spent the last dozen plus years working on the Produce Traceability Initiative, we still have not reached the goal of Whole Chain Traceability. Until traceability information flows through the entire supply chain, from the grower to the reseller or food service operator, we will continue to experience foodborne illness outbreaks and deaths geographically spread across North America.

Most of the larger grower shippers, particularly of leafy green products, have adopted PTI. Many of them realize the benefit of case traceability labeling across all products they ship, while some do case labeling as an additional process only for retailers or food service customers that require it. My observation is that many large suppliers were ready, willing and able to do case labeling years before any retailer ever scanned a case in the stores.

There are several factors that lead me to believe we will see regulated case traceability labeling the United States within the next 18 months:
  1. While FSMA was passed in 2011 and there are now seven Produce and Animal Food regulations in place, the FDA has yet to release the reporting requirements for FSMA
  2. Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations went into effect in January of this year; these include case traceability labeling requirements for food products shipped to/from/or between Canadian provinces.
  3. The FDA spent a significant amount of time reviewing and analyzing what broke down in the traceability of the Romaine Lettuce outbreaks of 2017 and 2018
  4. Frank Yiannas, who had led the efforts at Walmart to test and implement blockchain technology, became the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response in December of 2018
  5. Consumer groups are pushing the FDA for traceability

When case traceability labeling becomes mandated, small and medium growers will need to comply or consolidate with larger growers who have case traceability handled. With this in mind, RedLine Solutions has been working with small growers and distributors to create affordable, cloud-based applications. RedLine’s applications allow them options for labeling bulk product for source traceability, managing case and pallet labeling of finished goods, and providing lot traceability on shipments. Now in its second generation, MyProduce (www.myproduce.com) has released a new standalone Pack, Print and Ship (PPS) version.  The PPS version provides traceability without the need for complex integrations with accounting or other systems. MyProduce PPS allows users to receive and label bulk and finished goods, capture source lots used in packing/repacking, and track lot numbers shipped to customers on specific orders. If you are working with Walmart WEB EDI, it will allow you to update and upload shipping information via their portal, enabling even small companies to meet their traceability compliance requirements. If you would like more information on MyProduce PPS, contact sales@myproduce.com.

About the author Todd Baggett:
Todd is the President and CEO of RedLine Solutions; a company that provides produce  traceability and inventory solutions. He is the author of “Produce Traceability for Dummies”, and has served as the Co-Chair of the PTI Technical Working Group since 2011.

© RedLine Solutions Inc. 2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to RedLine Solutions and there is the inclusion of a link to www.traceabilitynerd.com. All rights reserved. RedLine Solutions & MyProduce names and logos, referred to in this document, are trademarks of RedLine Solutions Inc.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blockchain for Produce: Building on the Foundation of Case Traceability

Traceability is not new to growers and thanks to the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), neither is the concept of making produce traceability visible across the entire supply chain. When the PTI was introduced in 2008 we used the term whole chain traceability; this meant the grower would apply a label with case traceability information on it and at each subsequent step in the supply chain the receiver would scan and record this information on inbound receipts and outbound shipments. Being a voluntary initiative, the major grower-shippers, distributors, and retails supported the initiative. The PTI Leadership council was formed and case labeling specifications were published. Many of the large grower-shippers have converted their internal traceability systems to the GS1 standards-based case traceability labeling of PTI to enable external traceability.

In the early days, several retailers sent letters to their produce suppliers requesting PTI labeling, but compliance was either voluntary or not enforced.  In June of 2013, Walmart stepped forward to notify produce suppliers that they had to have PTI case labels on product shipped to them by January 2014. 

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RedLine Solutions Wins Ivanti Innovation Award 2020

  Author: Todd Baggett - CEO of RedLine Solutions We are honored to have received the Innovation Award for Ivanti ’s 2020 Supply Chain Partn...