Intermec develops new traceability initiatives
Jan. 19, 2012
EVERETT, WASH. — Intermec, Inc. is developing new food traceability initiatives to reduce operational costs and ensure accuracy and safety measures in the event of product recalls.
A recent traceability implementation at LoBue Citrus, a grower and distributor of California oranges, improved accuracy to nearly 99%. LoBue transitioned from a manual tracking system to an automated one and began using Intermec PM4i industrial printers, PB50 mobile label printers, SR30 handheld scanners and CN3 rugged mobile computers along with FoodLogiQ PTI Traceability system services at two of its warehouses.
“Food traceability legislation will continue to bring more demands to the industry in the coming year, and being able to track food directly from field to fork is absolutely crucial not only for farmers and food operators, but for the entire industry’s supply chain network,” said Bruce Stubbs, Intermec director of industry marketing distribution center operations. “Implementing new food traceability technologies will not only allow companies to comply with these increasingly demanding legislations, but offer faster, more productive operational efficiency.”
Intermec’s food traceability offerings are designed to integrate into existing operations.
“As a result of the Intermec and FoodLogiQ solution, we’ve seen our accuracy improve to between 98% and 99%, and drastically reduce our labor expenses by hundreds of dollars a day,” said Tom Clark, LoBue citrus operations manager. “But more importantly, we now have an automated food traceability system to track and trace the nearly five million boxes of oranges we produce each year within a matter of minutes.”