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METRO/MAKRO Czech Republic

... successfully introduces SSCC pallet codes in collaboration with EDITEL


The use of the SSCC code during the acceptance of goods offers a variety of benefits in terms of efficiency and traceability. By scanning pallet labels with an SSCC bar code, information about its contents can be uploaded directly from the electronic despatch advice, including additional information about the received goods, such as the batch and expiry date of the delivered goods. SSCC codes also allow for improved tracking and traceability of pallet movements during logistics operations assuring thus the correct delivery or retrieval of goods.

EDITEL, provider of EDI solutions for METRO/MAKRO, significantly contributed to the successful implementation of SSCC at METRO/MAKRO, particularly by giving joint seminars for suppliers and by providing personalized assis-tance for individual suppliers. EDITEL also defined the relevant data structures for the administration of DESADV with an SSCC code and actively participated in the implementation at METRO/MAKRO’s business partners. Thanks to this active and collaborative approach, roughly 60% of all suppliers from which DESADV was required were brought on board during this project which lasted approximately one year. As a next step, the receipt of goods via pallets labeled with SSCC codes and electronic despatch advices was successfully launched. This made MAK-RO the first company in the Czech Republic to fully implement this process.

The process will also be implemented at the subsidiaries of METRO wholesale stores in the Slovak Republic. During the preparation phase for this project, EDITEL performed a survey of 180 suppliers in 2011 to assess to which degree suppliers were ready to implement despatch advices for pallets. The results showed a low level of preparedness, even though these suppliers had already introduced pallets labeled with SSCC codes. These find-ings were actively taken into consideration during the preparation phase for this project.