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Why Food Safety Is A Growing Priority For C-Stores

Tech innovation is impacting everything today, and it’s an exciting time for convenience stores. From kiosks and micromarkets to “limited selection” and...

Written by Ed Wogan | October 18, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

Are You Prepared for the 2018 VFC Storage and Handling Requirements?

Beginning January 1, 2018, all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers will be mandated to meet new storage and handling requirements. Are you prepared?

Written by Patty Kumbera | December 13, 2017

Remote Monitoring

How To Properly Document Alert Notifications for Temperature Excursions

We’d all like to think our refrigeration systems were always working perfectly, day and night, keeping our stocks safe for customers. The truth is that coolers and freezers can go out of range for a number of reasons, from those as simple as a defrost cycle or a door being left open to those as complicated as a fridge beginning to fail.

Written by Tara McNabb | November 29, 2017

Food Safety

Can You Tell the Difference Between HACCP and HARPC?

If you work in foodservice or food retail and have only a vague sense of the difference between HACCP and HARPC, you’re not alone. At first glance, HARPC requirements may look quite similar to HACCP, since they’re both food safety standards based on prevention. Where the plans differ is in execution. Let us clear up some of the confusion.

Written by TempAlert | November 22, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Here’s Why Pharmacies Need Continuous Ambient Temperature Monitoring

In an article in the New York Times, journalist Walecia Konrad reported a personal story concerning her 10-year-old son’s medication. While vacationing in New Hampshire during a heat wave, the boy’s allergies kicked up. As usual, she gave him a dose of an over-the-counter remedy that usually brings him quick relief. However, this time the drug had no effect—day after day.

Written by TempAlert | November 21, 2017

Food Safety

Prevent a Food Safety Disaster This Holiday Season With Remote Temperature Monitoring

For many consumers, the holiday season means celebratory meals centered around meat, poultry, and seafood: Think Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas roast beef, Hanukkah brisket, and New Year’s Eve shrimp cocktail. To meet increasing demand, grocery stores and supermarkets will be stocking larger volumes of these raw foods than they usually do the rest of the year.

Written by TempAlert | November 14, 2017

Remote Monitoring

3 Real-world Situations That Require a Continuous Monitoring System

If your stores are still using paper logs to monitor temperature, you may not have a full understanding of how your equipment affects your products. With traditional twice-daily temperature logging, there’s no way to know what’s happening inside of coolers and freezers throughout the day.

Written by Genevieve Shattow | November 8, 2017

Food Safety

Why Micromarkets Need Continuous Temperature Monitoring

Refrigeration, one of the distinguishing and valuable features of micromarkets, raises safety issue for perishable foods. We’ve examined the growth potential of this innovative vending concept, as well as its benefits for both consumers and operators, but continuous temperature monitoring is imperative to safe and efficient deployment.

Written by TempAlert | November 2, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Remote Monitoring Is Key For Insight Into Drug Shortages In Puerto Rico

The hurricane season of 2017 has been one for the record books, and it’s only half over. Harvey and Irma both made landfall in the U.S. as Category 4 hurricanes—the first time this has occurred in the Atlantic since 1851. Both were then followed by Jose, yet another Category 4.

Written by TempAlert | November 1, 2017

Food Safety

Why Food Safety Is Important In Today’s Digital Culture

In our fast-paced world, it’s often more convenient to go to a local sub shop or restaurant instead of planning a sit-down meal at home or packing a lunch. According to a recent Zagat poll, respondents said they eat out an average of 4.5 times per week at the 600,000 restaurants in the United States.

Written by Greg Carter | October 24, 2017

Food Safety

Why Food Safety Is A Growing Priority For C-Stores

Tech innovation is impacting everything today, and it’s an exciting time for convenience stores. From kiosks and micromarkets to “limited selection” and “hyper” formats, non-traditional C-Stores are the fastest growing segment in the market. These new arrangements offer consumers and vendors a host of benefits.

Written by Ed Wogan | October 18, 2017

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Why Temperature Monitoring Device Placement is Critical

When installing continuous temperature monitoring systems for food and medication safety initiatives, device placement should be at the very top of your list of considerations. This decision requires careful thought, and in-field testing and proofs of concept can definitely benefit the process. Here’s why:

Written by Dave Raymond | October 12, 2017

Food Safety

How Micromarkets are Reinventing Convenience for the Modern Consumer

Micromarkets are a nationwide phenomenon that is reinventing our conventional models of convenience in the foodservice industry. While not radically different from previous vending models, micromarkets promise consumers more access to fresh food and beverages in workplaces and living environments, typically with limited vending options.

Written by TempAlert | October 3, 2017

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

Disasters like the recent hurricanes can be costly for companies that rely on power to keep their products protected. Using both temperature and power outage data, our pharmacy clients were able to assess both product and revenue loss in ways that allowed them to continue to assist patients to the best of their best ability. We evaluated power outages across 1,200 locations we monitor in Florida to generate a...

Written by Genevieve Shattow | September 27, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

How Different Agencies Help to Set Temperature Monitoring Standards

Pharmacy temperature compliance is inherently complex. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But, there’s a historical reason for this complexity. Currently, at least four different regulatory and non-regulatory bodies govern all of those rules and regulations: USP, CDC, FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy. Not only that, but the rules, regulations, and guidelines are constantly evolving.

Written by TempAlert | September 21, 2017

Food Safety

Industry & Policy Recommendations for Safe Home Delivery

In our previous post about home delivery, we looked at some of the reasons for the growth of home delivery service and the common food safety challenges associated with it.

Written by TempAlert | September 20, 2017

Remote Monitoring

A Visual Solution to a Tricky Problem

One challenge in developing a great user experience for our Bluetooth Food Probe companion software is connectivity to the right device. This might be familiar if you’ve ever tried to use a wireless mouse or keyboard in a crowded office;

Written by Philip Wang | September 12, 2017

Remote Monitoring

What Hurricane Harvey Teaches us About IoT

Hurricane Harvey teaches us how valuable internet connected sensors (IoT) can be to business operations. Disclosure: Our company, TempAlert, has deployed internet-connected sensors at over 50,000 locations to automate food safety and pharmacy safety.

Written by Jeremy Macdonald & Dave Raymond | September 7, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

3 Essential Considerations When Evaluating Temperature Monitoring Systems

Digital temperature monitoring systems are the way of the future. The days of manual monitoring are coming to a close. Quite simply, a clipboard system can’t compete with remote, continuous, automatic, wireless technology. But, if you’re thinking of adopting a digital system, it may seem a bit daunting, given the so many different technologies on the market.

Written by TempAlert | September 6, 2017

Food Safety

Collecting Food Safety Data: Make It a Benefit, Not a Burden

From voluntary standards such as ISO 22000 to mandatory regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), there’s no escaping food safety laws and guidelines. At the same time, today’s demanding consumer wants proof that the foods they purchase are free of pathogens. Therefore, transparency and traceability are a must for the food industry.

Written by TempAlert | September 5, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Interactive Pharmacy Temperature Compliance Map

In our previous blog posts, we discussed the industry’s move toward continuous monitoring, and its benefits beyond compliance. Since the guidelines are changing so rapidly, we partnered with Bula Intelligence to create an interactive tool that allows you to see a state-by-state overview of temperature compliance rules and recommendations for medications and vaccines. Let’s take a closer look.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 31, 2017

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TempAlert Partners with ServiceChannel

We are excited to announce our partnership with ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities management. In a press release issued today, ServiceChannel debuted their new solution partner program. The program facilitates the integration of the ServiceChannel platform with complementary solution providers, such as TempAlert.  

Written by TempAlert | August 30, 2017

Food Safety

Home Delivery and the Challenges it Brings

As you’ve probably been reading in the headlines, home delivery is one of the hottest trends in the food services industry. Online shopping and delivery services such as Stop & Shop’s Peapod and AmazonFresh, report increasing numbers of customers every quarter. Innovative home meal kit companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, are taking off.

Written by TempAlert | August 29, 2017

Food Safety

The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety

While many people consider digital food safety to be driven by technology, there are multiple non-technology drivers which will determine the real success of your program.  We use The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety: People, Environment, and Process, to evaluate each program through 3 distinct dimensions.

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | August 22, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

5 Benefits of Continuous Monitoring Beyond Compliance

In our last post, we presented an overview of the US regulatory landscape and a comparison of manual and digital monitoring systems. We demonstrated how continuous temperature monitoring is a more proactive approach than a paper-based/clipboard system, and much more likely to meet compliance standards accurately as they change over time.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 16, 2017

Remote Monitoring

Unlocking the Potential of Enterprise IoT

As with all transformative technologies, IoT has been the source of an inordinate amount of hype but has also been a catalyst for the digital industrial revolution. General Electric’s chief economist Marco Annunziato estimated that Industrial and Enterprise focused IoT could add between 10 and 15 trillion dollars to global GDP. These gains come through small, incremental improvements in the world’s industrial assets.

Written by Pavan Pant | August 10, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

How Stricter State Regulations are Leading to Continuous Monitoring

Accurate temperature monitoring is necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of all medications and vaccines. That should be a given in the pharmacy industry. But the truth is, for many pharmacy chains and independents, temperature monitoring is merely guesswork. Too frequently staff responsible for temperature monitoring don’t understand the “why” of recording temperatures.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 9, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Reasons Why Pharmacies Are Moving to Continuous Monitoring

If you’re still using a paper temperature log, then there is a very high probability of undiscovered thermal excursions in your fridges and freezers. Accompanying these unseen excursions is a high likelihood of you administering ineffective vaccines and medications.

Written by TempAlert | August 2, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

The Real ROI of Our Virtual Buffer Vial

In the first two posts of this series, we discussed the challenges associated with physical buffer vials and TempAlert’s solution - the Virtual Buffer Vial (VBV), a patented modeling approach that simulates actual product temperature and eliminates the need for physical buffers.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 27, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Ways to Protect Your Vaccine Inventory

With flu season fast-approaching, your pharmacies will be receiving a large influx of vaccines. As they are inherently unstable, flu vaccines require temperature control during storage and transit along the cold chain. Sub-optimal temperatures can result in wasted product, or worse, costly re-vaccination programs.

Written by TempAlert | July 26, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Virtual Buffers: A Practical Approach to Product Safety Monitoring

In our last post we discussed the challenges of physical buffer vials, in particular (1) the shelf space they take up that could be used for products, (2) the potential to get in the way as product is access around them, and (3) the potential for the buffering materials to spill and ruin product or product packaging.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 13, 2017