Many Wal-Mart fresh produce suppliers are concerned with how their company is going to handle the new Wal-Mart Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) requirements. PTI is required by Wal-Mart for leafy greens by September 30th, 2019 and it is expected that other fresh produce suppliers will also be impacted in future roll-outs.
Wal-Mart’s goal is to trace their produce through the vertical chains in which they conduct business by leveraging IBM’s blockchain-enabled technology branded as the “IBM Food Trust Network” to achieve their objective. The IBM Food Trust Network requires data often found on the traditional advance ship notice (856) document plus additional “lot” information. Sharing this information with the blockchain is intended to increase food safety by enabling faster identification of bacterially affected lots quickly and efficiently.
Data Masons is supporting this initiative by seamlessly integrating the necessary data from a produce supplier’s ERP and EDI systems to IBM’s Food Trust Network. Our technology platform combined with our PTI experience and Blockchain technology enables cost-effective compliance in a timely manner.
Passing the PTI data to the IBM Food Trust Network requires integration with a proprietary RESTful API for the exchange of data into IBM’s blockchain-based solution. Communication is one of the challenges for PTI compliance. The other major challenge is gathering and validating the data before integration to the blockchain, as accuracy is critical – once submitted, the data cannot be changed.
Wal-Mart expects traditional ASN (856) data to continue flowing to their systems, which means that the data has to be consistent and highly accurate. Data Masons’ platform “cross checks” ASN data to the PTI information submitted to IBM’s Food Trust Network to eliminate consistency issues. Furthermore, the Data Masons platform can achieve PTI compliance without customizations to existing systems which can be a significant expense for suppliers.
In summary, supply chain-related data exchange requirements are becoming increasingly complex across all industries. Suppliers will likely need flexibility in their systems to meet those evolving requirements. The Wal-Mart Produce Traceability Initiative is just one example of the future state of eCommerce. Our objective at Data Masons Software is to eliminate traditional ERP customizations and thereby increase flexibility in the exchange and translation of data in and out of the ERP. To learn how we're positioned to integrate with Blockchain requirements such as PTI, read our executive brief, or contact us today.