“We need to start focusing on what that future path looks like as well as working with the technology community to make sure they are proving scalable solutions for the small grower/packer/shippers who is not EDI capable,” she said. “That’s really the key.”
Fernandez said some believe there may be an interim phase between the full EDI advance ship notice transaction and the hybrid pallet tag.
She said the PTI Leadership Council is in agreement that the hybrid pallet tag is still an interim solution but there has to be more definition to what is meant by “interim” so it doesn’t become the accepted solution.
On the receiving side, retailers are using the voice pick code for outbound product. However, some retailers have also talked about using scanners for picking produce. Because not all produce cases are currently compliant, some retailers feel it makes better sense to scan outbound produce so they can take advantage of what fresh produce cases are compliant, she said.