Varcode has finalized a strategic partnership agreement with National Packaging Group (NPG) to develop, manufacture, market, and distribute technologically advanced, smart packaging solutions for distributing temperature-sensitive products. Under the agreement, NPG will integrate Varcode’s patented Smart Tag™ technology into its manufacturing businesses, creating a single source for digitally enabled packaging solutions that are capable of improving cold chain food transportation.

Varcode’s technology will empower NPG-corrugated products to digitally track, analyze, and report cumulative temperature excursions, producing a cost-effective, permanent digital record. The Varcode Smart Data Solution includes temperature-sensitive Smart Tags, a suite that can scan the tags, and a management system where data is permanently stored for customization and information analysis. Smart Tag temperature indicator labels record and report shipments that experience temperature abuse and the cumulative time of its temperature variances. The solution also features binary indicators for minimum and maximum temperature, as well as temperature ranges, all of which can be digitalized with a simple scan.

NPG and Varcode will begin their partnership with the development and launch of two new product categories: Corrugated Smart Cases for wholesale products that are stored and transported in temperature-controlled environments, including perishable food products; and Smart Packaging Kits for online groceries and meal kits, delivered directly to consumers or point-of-care facilities in packaging conditions that require insulation and coolant within the corrugated packaging. Varcode and NPG’s partnership will enable their customers to improve their overall operations, reduce waste, and increase revenues while delivering greater efficiency, affordability, and reliability.


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