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» Nationwide System To Speed Product Recalls

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Arlington, VA, and GS1 US have launched the Rapid Recall Exchange, an online service to enable prompt and accurate information exchange between retailers/wholesalers and suppliers about food and product recalls and withdrawals.

It replaces an existing recall system, the Product Recall Portal, by improving ease of use and adding significant capabilities.

“Rapid Recall Exchange represents industry consensus that a standardized product recall system is critical to enhancing effective communication. It is a system designed by the industry and for the industry, which applies best practices and critical insight and expertise from industry partners and associations,” says Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer.

“This will benefit the public as well as the companies that use it,” says Bob Carpenter, CEO of GS1 US. “It employs the same GS1 global standards that these companies already use to identify their products, stock their shelves, and accelerate checkouts. Its ease of use and extensive functionality can improve the speed and accuracy of recalls, which we all want.”

Rapid Recall Exchange complements existing recall practices, complies with the requirements of the FDA Reportable Food Registry, and features:

• Secure user-authentication;
• Two-way messaging between trading partners;
• Internet access anywhere, anytime;
• Email alerts about new information;
• Comprehensive, prioritized information with U.P.C. bar codes and product images for easy identification;
• Verification of notification;
• Universal notification of Class 1 recalls;
• Targeted notification to specific custom-ers;
• Consistent, reliable communications;
• Standardized forms, processes and instructions applying industry best practices.

The system also allows suppliers to send targeted information to retailers and wholesalers to provide specific information on how to remove recalled or withdrawn products and handle them safely, as well as address reimbursement requirements.

Rapid Recall Exchange is supported by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and National Grocers Association (N.G.A.).

» Greatwide Commits Significant Investment In Technology Platform

Greatwide Logistics Services, a Dallas-based national provider of non-asset-based transportation and third-party logistics services, has committed significant investments in several new technologies to enhance its offerings for customers.

“Greatwide has made about 15 years of technological advances in the past year,” says Raymond Greer, the company’s chief executive officer.

“The whole idea is to leverage our combined services in ways no one else can. The key to that is to have one common view of information as a basis to build truly unique products around our core dedicated, brokerage, warehousing and TMS competencies.”

The technologies in which Greatwide has invested recently include LeanLogistics’ On-Demand TMS, McLeod software, RedPrairie and PeopleNet.

The LeanLogistics technology allows Greatwide to provide an upgraded Transportation Management Solution (TMS) to include procurement, execution, spot market management and financial management.

Microsoft BizTalk will be the backbone to seamlessly tie together all of these and other Greatwide systems. The company has already signed large contracts on the combined capability the new technology architecture provides.

The newest McLeod software technology will allow complete transparency across the Greatwide network so load planners have the ability to see all capacity throughout the organization and provides a natural ability to leverage the expansive Greatwide transportation network in order to optimize service with cost.

Integrated with McLeod software’s LoadMaster IX v 9.3 will be PeopleNet. PeopleNet is a mobile communications and onboard computing provider to the transportation industry. PeopleNet will directly link with LoadMaster IX, creating a seamless system for simple dispatch and load planning.

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