As you may already know, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are long time supporters of the Produce Traceability Initiative, its milestones and standards. To ensure customer confidence in produce industry-wide, food safety and traceability continues to be one of their most important focus areas.
- Effective November 1, 2013, all fresh commodity produce delivered to a WalMart 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.
- They will work with suppliers that ate making a good faith effort towards standard case labels by using the spec exemption process. Through buyer discretion, additional time may be allotted to those who are working hard at achievement, but still need a little more time.
- Initially, product that is not label compliant will be received as A-out of spec unless an active exception has been issued by the buyer prior to delivery.
- On January 1, 2014, produce out of compliance will be rejected as out of spec unless an active exception has been issued by the buyer prior to delivery.
Their efforts are designed to create transparency in the supply chain so their customers can be confident in the freshness of the produce they are bringing home to their families. They are asking all suppliers to work together to close this out and achieve comprehensive produce supply chain visibility.