We’re complying with the Produce Traceability Initiative. There’s also a GS1 Foodservice Initiative that’s following very similar guidelines. With the Retalix software in place, we can comply with many different initiatives all basically requiring the same information and we can capture it in the same manner.
We purchased the Retalix warehouse management system (WMS) for multiple reasons. One was to comply with traceability initiatives and then the other has afforded us the ability to gain a lot of operational efficiencies in our building. For example, we don’t lose product as easily now. Between the two buildings in our Seattle location we have over 200,000 square-feet. Prior to a WMS system it was very easy for pallets to get lost in the shuffle. Now with the WMS, we have pallet inventory and locations throughout the warehouse so we can always see where everything is at all times.
We’ve also gotten a ROI from our voice-pick unit because we’ve been able to eliminate pick sheets. There are great efficiencies there as far as error reduction.
Retalix has been a great partner throughout this process. They’ve been working with us as far as developing a feature-rich system to satisfy both our needs for traceability, as well as what we’re looking to get out of the system, in general, for operational efficiencies. It’s been a good partnership and we’ve been able to give them good feedback on what works and what doesn’t work as well. We’re not the only ones in this boat; they want to make a system that works for their customers.