Wal-Mart president must make his mark on PTI - The Packer

Wal-Mart president must make his mark on PTI

11/25/2013 12:03:00 PM
Tom Karst

While some shippers have taken the lead in PTI and are reaping unexpected benefits, in contrast, it seems many are taking the approach of “I’ll comply when I have to and not before”. Others are moving to comply, but its on their timeline, not Walmart’s. Still others are asking “How do I get a GTIN?”

At Foodlink we have seen a significant increase in inquiries and sales in the last 5 months, but still less than, many of us expected, and we hear the same from other companies in the PTI space.

Is Walmart enforcing their mandate or will it pass into history as a good idea that never gained momentum? Is the debate over the FSMA rules causing companies to sit on the fence as long as possible?

I guess more will be revealed as we reach the second Walmart milestone on January 1, when non-PTI compliant loads will be rejected at the receiving dock.


TK: Perhaps we will know about McMillon and his leadership style after the firm's Jan. 1 PTI deadline comes to sharp focus. Is it all words and no action? The clock is ticking and McMillon needs to "reinvigorate the productivity loop" for PTI.

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