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Operations Technologies Introducing Add-on Software Solution Designed to Comply with New FDA Food/Bioterrorism Regulation
[December 17, 2004]

Operations Technologies Introducing Add-on Software Solution Designed to Comply with New FDA Food/Bioterrorism Regulation


GREENVILLE, S.C. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 17, 2004 -- Operations Technologies:

-- Operations Technologies, an Inventory Solutions Provider for the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries, is Launching SupplySync(TM), a Software Add-on That Allows Companies to Meet New FDA Traceability Requirements Immediately--While Improving Customer Service and Cutting Shipping/Receiving Administrative Costs by up to 51%

Tommy Thompson resigned as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on December 3. His announcement featured a surprising assessment about the bioterrorist threat to the nation's food supply--one that sent a shock wave through the media and the public: "I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not, you know, attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do."

Dave Miller and his colleagues at Operations Technologies were surprised by the departing Secretary's candor, but not by what he said. Nor were they surprised by the FDA's December 6 announcement that FDA 306, a new regulation requiring the food industry to produce in-depth, detailed shipping and receiving information within 24 hours' notice, would be entered in the federal register December 9. Operations Technologies is an established provider of inventory chain solutions to the food and pharmaceutical industries. Since September 11, 2001, the company has been advising its customers, which include Cargill, Nestle and Dairy Farmers of America, to update their infrastructure compliance capabilities.


"The Secretary was right," Miller said. "It's depressing how easy it would be for someone to tamper with your PB and J." The president of Operations Technologies believes the food supply is indeed vulnerable, but his team developed a solution he expects will create improvements in food chain security while fostering growth for his South Carolina firm. "The good news for us is that this kind of product development takes time--which means companies looking for a compliance solution today have few attractive alternatives."

Operations Technologies has spent the last eighteen months fine-tuning a new software solution, one designed to offset the cost of new compliance standards with automated real-time data tracking and documentation. The solution, called SupplySync(TM), will be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2005.

SupplySync is an easily linked, prepackaged solution designed to work with anything from ERP systems to simple browsers (a key part of the company's business plan calls for delivering its state-of-the-art technology to what it labels "tech-challenged" small companies). "If you have a PC, web connection and printer, we'll give you instant, outsourced infrastructure," Miller notes. "And we have pricing agreements that let you pay by the drink, instead of having to buy the bar."

The real value, according to Miller, is that the efficiencies SupplySync delivers make it a savings instead of a cost. "Compliance always cuts into margins," he notes. "But SupplySync takes that cost right out of the equation. Not only that, but it helps reduce the risk of regional or national product recalls and the ever-present possibility of litigation." Operations Technologies expects SupplySync's continuing development and support to result in a significant number of new jobs in software development, sales and call center support."

About Operations Technologies

Operations Technologies is a Greenville, SC-based solutions provider for the food and pharmaceutical industries. It provides warehouse management systems, shop floor interfaces and distributed labeling systems for industry leaders such as Cargill, Dairi Concepts, Dairy Farmers of America (Borden's), Nestle, Organic Valley and Roche Pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the company online at www.operationstech.com

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