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Aldata, a leading provider of software solutions for the global Retail and Logistics industries, has launched a new solution that enables all partners in the Supply Chain to track and trace goods, from manufacturing right through to delivery to the store.

G.O.L.D. Track has been launched to coincide with the need to provide pro-active reporting based on new regulations on product traceability, and at a time of a rise in health and bio-terrorism scares. G.O.L.D. Track is designed to receive data from multiple systems across multiple network partners via XML and then report against the positioning of goods and articles in real-time. By providing the ability to pin-point the location of items, for example goods in storage, in transit or stocked in a retailers inventory in preparation for sale, G.O.L.D. Track details precise information that can be exploited rapidly to facilitate, for example, product recalls.

Two companies, the drinks manufacturers Grand Marnier and Franken Brunnen, have already begun the process of implementing the necessary traceability indicators by implementing G.O.L.D. Stock WMS software. Due to new legislation introduced by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) relating to food and drink traceability throughout Europe, and similar requirements established in the USA by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on bio-terrorism, Grand Marnier has to be able to locate and trace its product throughout its entire production and distribution supply chain, from raw materials through to finished goods in storage These traceability requirements have been addressed by Aldata and its G.O.L.D. Stock software which will ensure warehouse optimisation and traceability throughout Grand Marnier's Supply Chain.

G.O.L.D. Stock will be installed at the central site of Aubevoye in the Eure region of France, which also provides packaging and distribution operations. It will be interfaced with Grand Marnier's in-house production system. From 2005, all pallets will respect EAN 128 labeling conventions in order to ensure their traceability.

G.O.L.D. Track complies with all EAN standards in line with Serial Standard Container Code (SSCC) conventions. Additionally, it can also track and trace items which are tagged via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) electronic barcodes, ensuring that it is a future-proofed solution. G.O.L.D. Track provides a solution to the regulatory mandates but also presents instantaneous visibility of stock levels and positioning across the entire spectrum of operation.

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