Three large retailers have accepted a new label standard for returnable plastic containers, with traceability in mind.
Kroger, Loblaw and Safeway accept a four-inch by two-inch RPC label as the new standard as part of industry collaboration related to the Produce Traceability Initiative.
The standardized label provides a cost effective solution for produce suppliers, according to a news release. Details about transition plans and other details will be addressed by each retailer, according to the release.
Ed Treacy, vice president of supply chain efficiencies for the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association, estimated that four retailers — Kroger, Safeway, Loblaw and Wal-Mart — use about 90% of the RPCs in fresh produce.
He said the three retailers have required a two-inch by 10 1/2-inch wraparound label for RPCs, while Wal-Mart has not been prescriptive about what type of label suppliers should use.
Treacy said May 8 that the new label standard should be less expensive and easier to put on in the production line, and will be acceptable to Wal-Mart as well.
PTI, sponsored by Canadian Produce Marketing Association, GS1 US, Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association, seeks supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability of every case of produce by the year 2012.
Treacy said the PTI implementation working group is going to work on a best practices document for milestone seven, reading and storing information on outbound cases. He said other best practice documents are expected to be posted in the next several weeks.