RedLine Solutions, a leading provider of produce traceability solutions, and Junction Solutions, a leading provider of vertical, market-specific on-premise and on-demand software applications and services for the food and beverage and multichannel retail sectors, are partnering together to eliminate the often manual link between field labeling and a company's mainline ERP solution with an easier and more efficient field-to-fork enterprise solution compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI).
PTI is an industry initiative requiring every case of packed produce to display a label with a lot number and Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) in both bar code and human-readable formats.
As part of the partnership, an interface will be developed to integrate Junction Solutions' JunctionFB with RedLine Field. JunctionFB is an enterprise solution specifically designed for the food and beverage industry, with functionality that includes grower accounting, lot trace, scheduling, inventory management, trade promotion management and direct store delivery. JunctionFB can provide field-to-fork traceability by tracking a lot, forward and backward in time, from the time of harvest, through the entire supply chain and all the way to the store shelf, in minutes. JunctionFB's integration with RedLine Field is expected to be available to customers by the middle of next year.
RedLine Field is a complete solution that enables grower-shippers to meet traceability labeling requirements for field-packed items. The system generates case and bin bar code labels for field and shed-packed items, maintains traceability information, and feeds the information into the ERP or grower accounting system. RedLine Field uses bar code technology to print and capture GTIN and lot data at the time of harvest and maintains this information throughout that item's manufacturing and supply chain life cycle.
"Our partnership with RedLine Solutions is another example of our steadfast commitment to partner with thought leaders and innovators in the industry who can deliver maximum value to our customers," said Christian Hutter, senior vice president, Food & Beverage, Junction Solutions. "This partnership not only provides our produce customers with an automated, complete PTI-compliant end-to-end traceability solution to facilitate compliance and mitigate risk surrounding food safety, but also an enterprise solution that improves their operational efficiency, reduces costs and increases customer satisfaction."
"This synergistic partnership provides the industry with a combined solution which can help build consumer confidence in produce safety," said Todd Baggett, CEO, RedLine Solutions. "RedLine's traceability solutions are built to integrate with leading industry grower accounting and ERP systems. By partnering with Junction Solutions, we are offering a complete field-to-fork traceability option for produce companies and food processors.
At Fresh Summit, being held October 26-28 in Anaheim, Calif., RedLine Solutions and Junction Solutions will be demonstrating the integrated solution on Sunday, October 28, in Room 206B from 1-2 p.m. For more information and to register for the Sunday event, visit www.junctionsolutions.com/freshsummit
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Audrey Van Norman