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Matthews’ APPEX focus on manufacturing efficiency, new technology launches, Retailer Engagement Hub

31 January 2024

Improving manufacturing efficiencies through technology and education will be a core focus of the solutions and equipment Matthews Australasia displays at APPEX 2024.

CEO Mark Dingley said, “At the inaugural APPEX, Matthews has a very exciting line-up planned, encompassing state-of-the-art solutions and industry-wide collaborations. We’ll be introducing a range of new technologies and innovations that have never been on show before in Australia, as well as hosting the new Retailer Engagement Hub [REH], which will see the Australian Food & Grocery Council’s Trading Partner Forum [TPF] partnering with us onthe Matthews stand.”

The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) is Australia’s peak industry body representing companies that manufacture and supply the nation’s food and grocery products.

“Matthews has been working hard with industry associations and grocery retailers over four decades towards facilitating a smooth supply chain that delivers on our company purpose,which is to enable our manufacturing customers to provide their consumers with products safely and efficiently. The REH isan exciting initiative that will benefit all APPEX visitors, and we are proud that the AFGC has chosen to partner with usand recognises Matthews as trusted advisors within the industry.”

Each of the three REH days has a theme:

  • Tuesday 12th March: Understanding Retailers’ Supply Chains
  • Wednesday 13th March: 2D Barcode Day
  • Thursday 14th March: Current & Future Packaging Trends
Matthews’ key launches planned throughout APPEX include an exciting new education program being developed with the major retailers to unlock further value from Matthews’ existing Barcode Learning Centres, plus three new, world-leading technology launches.

Ten 15-minute sessions will run each day from 10:30am to mid-afternoon, with some high-level speakers coming from Woolworths Group, Coles, AFGC, FreshChain Systems, Metcash and GS1 Australia.

Samantha Blake
Director of AFGC

AFGC Deputy CEO Samantha Blake said, “The AFGC is excited to be part of the Matthews Retailer Engagement Hub at this year’s APPEX. The TPF – a fora of the AFGC – works collaboratively across the retailer-supplier environment to deliver supply chain improvements. The Retailer Engagement Hub provides a wonderful opportunity to share the TPF’s collective work in developing industry standards that support the industry and help improve delivery compliance.”

REH presenter Andrew Steele, Director - Retail, Food, Beverage & Primary Industries with GS1 Australia, said, “GS1 Australia is looking forward to participating at the Matthews-AFGC RetailerEngagement Hub during APPEX and speaking alongside other industry experts on topics including supply chain, labelling and coding.”

Mark Dingley said Matthews had several key launches planned throughout APPEX.

“One is anexciting new education program that we are developing with the major retailersto unlock further value from our existing Barcode Learning Centre and 2D Barcode Learning Centre.

“We also have three new, world-leading technology launches, which we will be demonstrating alongside our existing intelligent product ID and traceability hardware and software solutions.”

Visitors can expect to see Matthews showcasing the latest technologies in coding and labelling solutions that will drive improved reliability and reduce the cost of ownership to its customers’production lines.

“We also have exciting announcements at APPEX that will support better connectivity options from the production line to the Cloud, to deliver more up-time as well as ensure the right code gets on the right package at all levels of packaging, first time.

“The new technologies and innovations that we will be showcasing are real game-changers to our industry – being at the global cutting edge, that is not a hollow statement. We look forward to meeting all visitors to our stand at APPEX to discuss how Matthews can support them for their future success.”

Mark Dingley
CEO Matthews

Matthews Australasia
APPEX stand C045