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1 PTI Compliance What every Grower Shipper Should Know
March 23, 2011 Todd Baggett CEO RedLine Solutions, Inc.

2 RedLine Solutions Introduction
Today’s Agenda RedLine Solutions Introduction PTI Compliance – What Every Grower Shipper Should Know Question and Answer Time

3 RedLine Solutions: Background
Established in 1997 Headquarters – Santa Clara, California Central Valley Office – Fresno, CA Southern California – Orange County, CA RedLine provides complete Whole Chain Traceability Solutions Hardware, software, professional services, support, and labels We have automated over 100 fresh produce and fruit facilities We have production customers doing PTI labeling for field packed items Over 500 wireless network and mobile computer installations worldwide North America integration, support, and repairs Years of experience doing batch and rf mobile applications Dos Palm CE Event Management Applications Session Access Control Attendance Attendee Services Inventory Applications Location Control Asset Tracking Chemical Tracking

4 RedLine’s Whole Chain Traceability Suite
Managing inventory and traceability from harvest to shipment Provide PTI compliant case labeling, lot tracking, with electronic records Barcode driven, standards based Uses mobile devices over Wi-Fi and Cellular to gather and transmit data Complete audit log including date, time, action, user Manages internal traceability and publishes data for external use Open architecture allows integration with other systems

5 Partnerships and Associations

6 The Food Safety Modernization Act
Mandatory compliance is coming Most significant legislation since 1938 We owe thanks to the growers, retailers and trade associations that had the vision to create and move on the PTI ahead ahead of this legislation The focus on prevention means traceability will become a standard part of audits Implementation will phase in over three years Retailers will drive PTI adoption in 2011 / 2012 The Tester Amendment will not have any effect on retailer requirements

7 The PTI Mission “Create an Action Plan for the produce industry to adopt an effective Whole Chain Traceability program by incorporating the use of technology and use of common standards to serve as linkages between internal traceability programs.” Candace, please replace label with Pti Label

8 The Produce Traceability Initiative
The PTI is: Providing the FDA with timely access to necessary information when a food borne illness outbreak occurs Limiting the scope of recalls to specific “Grower Lots of Interest” instead of recalling entire commodity groups Using standard data structures across the entire supply chain Case-level traceability The PTI is not: A comment about your already existing traceability systems A centralized database run by or for the FDA with everyone’s traceability information The ability to use your current proprietary tracking numbers with your existing tracking system Item-level source tracking DataBar for item checkout in retail stores

9 The Produce Traceability Initiative
The PTI is: Labeling the carton, bag, bin at time of packing About Farm to Store or Restaurant About Whole Chain Traceability and reducing the time to trace-back and trace forwards The Produce Industry leading the Government Reducing risk in your business Increasing consumer confidence in the produce the eat The PTI is not: Changing your systems to use the GTIN as your Item Number About Farm to Fork Not about Scanning at the Store or Restaurant Serialization of lot numbers Throwing away existing traceability systems

10 Whole Chain Traceability
Source Tracking # Grower PTI GTIN and Lot # Packer / Processor Distributor / Wholesaler Distribution Center Retail GTIN and Lot # GTIN and Lot # GTIN and Lot # GTIN and Lot # Consumer Item Source Tracking

11 These Milestones are scheduled to be completed in 2011
PTI Milestones 4, 5, & 6 #4 Show human-readable information on cases Packers are responsible for providing human-readable information on each case. #5 Encode information in a barcode Packers are responsible for encoding the GTIN, lot number. #6 Read and store information on inbound cases Each subsequent handler of the case will have the systems and capability to read and store the GTIN and lot number from each case of produce received. These Milestones are scheduled to be completed in 2011

12 PTI is Much More than Putting a Label on a Box
Source lot traceability at the case level, must track co-mingling of lots by pallet (Hybrid Pallet) Internal Traceability extends from the Field through the Packing Shed and Cooler to customer shipment Whole Chain Traceability – The GTIN and lot ID are recorded on all inbound and outbound transactions of each supply chain member Electronic records shared within 24 hours of a request Correct label on the correct box. GTIN 1 to 1 and 1 to Many

13 PTI Compliance Requires Time and Planning
Field Combining geography, item, and date information on a single label Different types of harvests require different PTI processes The harvest plan can change multiple times per day Packing Volume and span of packing operations Source lot control Multiple concurrent pack configurations per packer and\or packing line Cooler Tracking pallet consolidation of partials from the field or packing shed Tracking consolidation \ building of mixed pallets for specific customer orders Tracking of product through required processes You will need to pilot process changes A well trained staff using effective system does not lose productivity Field Combining geography, item, and date information on a single label Geography – Grower / Ranch / Field / Planting (Block) Item – Commodity / Variety / Pack Style / Size / Label / GTIN Date – A printed label is only valid for one day – 365 days per year Different Item Names between sales, accounting, and the field Change – The harvest plan can change multiple times each day Driven by customer needs and market conditions Driven by changes to harvest location and crop condition Harvest Type – ground, harvester, value added, table, etc. Different commodities require different harvest methods Different methods require different labeling and data capture Growing districts / infrastructure / weather / packaging Packing Volume and Span of the Packing Operations Packing up to hundreds of bulk containers each day with a need to track source lot(s) Multiple packing facilities and multiple packing lines per facility Source Lot Control Must tie Source Lots to Pack Lots Pack Lot ID links to Source Lot ID both of which change throughout the day Bins/Totes from multiple lots can be mixed in the packing shed You cannot always get a clear “cut off” on the line between lots Pre-Pack and Re-Pack Runs add additional complexity to source lot control Complexity of Pack Configurations Concurrently packing multiple items: Pack Style/Size/Grade/Label > GTIN Can be packing multiple items (GTINs) into identical cartons on each line Getting the right GTIN on the right carton is difficult Building multiple pallets off the same line

14 Process Improvements Traceability (and PTI compliance) will require closing the gaps in current processes Source lot control at bin level Ad hoc sourcing (Order Substitution) Delays between action and entering information Inventory is not accurate in the system Misses In-process visibility Audits will reveal weak process links Source Lot Control If you lose traceability control at the source lot, all of your downstream traceability effort is wasted Current handling practices can lead to co-mingling by accident Without controlling or validating source lot as bins are introduced to the line, there is no true source control An auditable process is a documented process Ad Hoc Sourcing (Substitutions) Need to maintain source lot control and traceability of purchased product Need to communicate the product GTIN and Lot Info to your customer The best practice in this area is still evolving Audits Traceability will be added to Audit scope over time Either by FDA, Customers, or 3rd Parties Will need to demonstrate documented process control for all traceability processes

15 Leverage your investment in PTI to improve operations
Improve visibility “Cut to Cool” and other valuable cycle times Real Time View into Packing for Sales and Operations Automate receipt at the Cooler Eliminate data entry errors Reduce the time required to check in and receive a field truck Data Analysis and Reporting Wealth of new data available to help you better manage your operations Differences in harvested quantity to received quantity at the Cooler “Lost Pallet” issue Use Information to Better Manage Harvest and Pack Operations Treatments and Resources (cooling tunnels, Hydrovacs, ripening rooms) People Order fulfillment Productivity and Process Enables you to develop data driven standards that can then be used to measure performance and improvement

16 Real Time Visibility of Harvest and Pack
Ability to see planned, labeled, packed and received product in real time Ability to see details on what is being harvested / packed Ability to anticipate arrival times for special orders Ability to track the changes to harvest plans Sales can provide better information to customers Operations can better manage staffing and resources

17 One Size Does NOT Fit All
Effective solutions differ for different Companies Commodities Scope and Span of Operations Fulfillment Model Effective solutions differ for different areas of operation Field Packing Shed Cooler Scope and Span Field – Harvester is different than ground harvest is different than value added Packing – High volume line is different from value add line is different from repack Fulfillment Model Sector Served (Food service, Retail, …) Type of org – grower, packer, shipper? Integrated or contract or purchase Fulfillment Model – Contract –vs- Spot market

18 PTI Best Practices are Evolving
Approved by Working Groups Case label standards are being updated Clarity on dimensions and quality of bar codes Hybrid pallet tags Approved by Leadership Council PTI voice pick code Not Approved by Leadership Council Base GTIN’s for traceability

19 What Should I be doing? Understand and take action on the PTI Milestones Get started now Define products for testing Start small, test the new processes Talk with your customers to understand their expectations and timelines Talk to your peers who have already been testing Talk with traceability vendors to scope your needs Stay connected Customers Trade Associations Industry Events- National and Regional

20 RedLine Solutions is Your Partner for PTI Compliance
RedLine Solutions provides complete traceability solutions Hardware, software, professional services, support, and labels Field Harvest through the Packing Shed to the Cooler and customer shipment Print what you need, whenever and wherever you need it Capture and transmit key information for early visibility Create and manage electronic records for traceability Our Solutions are designed working with leading produce companies While others are talking about solutions, RedLine is delivering Candace – change pictures to show field, packing and cooler Candace – please add all three logos (on bottom)

21 Webinar Series Join Us on April 20, 2011, 11am PST
“PTI Labeling in the Pack Shed- Insights from PTI Pilots” Register at Come see us at Booth 1454 at United Fresh in New Orleans Chris: what is the next event going to be called? We have “Case Labeling Update” in the meeting notes.

22 Questions? Contact us at or 888-801-2039
Questions and Answers Questions? Contact us at or RedLine Solutions Proprietary & Confidential

23 RedLine Solutions for Produce
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24 Webinar Series Join Us on May XX, 2011, 11am PST
“PTI Case Labeling Best Practices Update” Come see us at Booth 1454 at United Fresh in New Orleans Register at Chris: what is the next event going to be called? We have “Case Labeling Update” in the meeting notes.

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