Software aids traceability for small, large operations - The Packer

Software aids traceability for small, large operations

03/03/2014 04:10:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

PTI Lite, produce traceability software rewritten in 2013, is designed for small- and mid-sized grower-packers who don’t necessarily have elaborate accounting systems or Internet access.

But the computer program from Santa Clara, Calif.-based RedLine Solutions is also flexible enough to be useful to large operations that may work with several contract growers or packers, said Todd Baggett, chief executive officer.

“It’s a low-cost system, but it has a big bang for the grower,” he said.

The basic PTI Lite system includes two printers and can be accessed by up to three computers. Growers and packers can choose from among several options, such as source location, source lot, packing lot and destination, to tie into their Global Trade Item Number printed on their labels, Baggett said.

Several California spring vegetable grower-packers who use only one or two labels and pack and ship all their own product have adopted the system, he said.

But not all users of the software are small to mid-size, either, Baggett said.

One large potato grower-shipper that has growers and packers throughout the nation has allocated one of the computer slots to a cloud-based server. Regardless of their location, growers or packers can access the master database on the cloud, input their GTIN information and print labels based on that.

Should there ever be a recall, the information is stored in a single location that can be easily accessed, he said.

For growers and shippers who may not have quite as sophisticated a set-up, Baggett said PTI Lite can be used with smaller-scale computer accounting systems, such as QuickBooks, or even manual accounting systems.

The easy-to-use PTI Lite also allows grower-packers to provide traceability based on customer requests.

“I realize that not every retailer has adopted PTI and is making you do it,” he said. “With this, (users) can scale up and do what needs to be done.”

The software is undergoing an update, and Redline Solutions plans to release a new version in mid- to late summer, Baggett said.

Much as it has in the past, company representatives listen to customer requests and suggestions, evaluate whether they’d be of value to a large number of users, and integrate selected ones into new releases, he said.



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