Tainted peanut butter, rotten eggs, bacteria-ridden fruits and vegetables, and chemically compromised merchandise are literally the spoils of the globalization of industry, and the bane of the big businesses that sell most people the food they eat and products they buy.
For years, companies promised to manage and monitor the process of provisioning for global retailers with tools that would make consumer goods safer and the supply chain that provides them more reliable, but the hits just keep on coming.
Stepping into the breach with a suite of new products including a hosted service that connects retailers with inspection companies to automate risk management, iCix, a San Francisco-based company with over a decade of experience in food safety and supply chain management, has raised $25 million.
The company spends most of its time focused on selling its suite of technology services to general merchandisers like Wal-Mart or the giant Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers (which is like a combination of Cargill, General Electric, and Wal-Mart in a single company).
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