HarvesterGear Releases CaseTracker 3.1 in response to Wal-Mart’s PTI requirements Effective November 1, 2013, all fresh commodity produce delivered to a Wal-Mart Distribution Center will be required to have standardized case labels, consistent with the PTI standards. Wal-Mart and Sam’s receiving specifications will be updated with a requirement for standard case label including GTIN, Lot/Batch#, Voice Pick Code and Pack or Sell-By Date. Walmart has changed the spec slightly on what information they need for the Produce Traceability Initiative’s label. This strategy for saving labels was a collaboration of Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and Loblaws. The 3 main new features are:
- Barcode on the top of the label
- Pack Date (3 letter month/2 digit day) hopefully in fresh produce we won’t need a year.
- Country of origin
This is mostly in response to some of the test study groups that found the cost of the RPC labels was a barrier to entry for some packers. With this new layout, Walmart addresses all necessary components of PTI including the cardboard case and RPC label (typically a 2”x10.5” label) in a single 2”x4” format.
HarvesterGear has been involved with the Produce Traceability Initiative for many years, and has been on the Technology Working Group since 2011. They have just released version 3.1 of CaseTracker to meet the new requirements. All current customers will receive a free software update, as always with HarvesterGear.