GS1 and PTI Compliance Discussed by AFS Technologies CEO Joe Bellini in Current Automation Publication

Traceability challenges surface in many different forms throughout lean manufacturing and warehousing processes. Basic queries of accurate inventory on hand, location of the inventory, where it was sourced, and where is it going happens many times throughout the day. Automating these data ensures the right mix of SKU’s based on history and compliance issues. Manufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler, authored the article recently seen in, titled, “Automating Traceability Getting Easier.”

GS1 and PTI compliance are required and many solution providers fail to meet those compliant standards. AFS Technology has been a long-time technology partner on both the PTI Steering Committee and GS1 Standards committee. Joe Bellini, CEO, shared the importance of single scanning to extract multiple data elements including GTIN and lot/quantity embedded data. Single scan functionality results in 99 percent plus accurate data capture and reduces scans by 300 percent, adding value throughout the supply chain as well as downstream for the customer. 

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) analysts evaluated the motivation for traceability in each industry; they concluded the challenges of product tracing directly correlated to an understanding and rationale for the use of particular product tracing solutions. IFT also examined regulations, standards, and initiatives pertaining to product tracing around the world.

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About AFS Technologies

AFS Technologies (AFS) is the leading provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies. AFS is committed to generating improved outcomes at the point of purchase coupled with generating efficiencies in trade spend, retail execution and supply chain. With experience developed over its 30 year history, AFS serves more than 1,000 customers of all sizes in over 50 countries around the world. AFS products are innovative, configurable solutions that are proven to optimize your potential with automated processes, improved productivity and rapid time to value.

AFS ( was founded in 1985 as a software provider focused on helping food and beverage distributors and wholesalers automate complex tasks with an ERP system, which was developed exclusively for the industry. Starting in 2005, AFS began building out its capabilities to provide niche solutions, such as a warehouse management system from Motek, for niche segments, including seafood processing and foodservice manufacturing, within the food and beverage industry.

Over the past 10 years, AFS added 13 new solutions to its portfolio with the goal of supporting manufacturers, distributors, sales agencies and retailers across the value chain. Solutions included trade promotion management from MEI, Synectics and Answer Systems, retail execution and direct store delivery from Visicom, Quofore, The Pop Company and Ross Computer Systems, and sales agency management from Becton-schantz. Follow AFS Technologies on Twitter at @AFS_Tech.

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