Since 2000 we have participated with the food industry in the development
of product identification and electronic data sharing standards.
We have won several industry association awards for our innovative
use of these standards in the technologies that we have developed
and the benefits that we have delivered to businesses
with our implementation of these technologies.
Merit-Trax Technologies
Food Software Systems Experience
Merit-Trax Technologies was founded in 2000 by a team of software developers
and system integrators, who have more than 70 years of combined experience
in the food industry developing and implementing real-time supply chain management systems.
We were early implementers of the GS1 (EAN/UCC) standards for barcodes
to identify and manage the movement and variable attributes of boxes and pallets in meat,
poultry and seafood supply chains, including the implementation of
the VICS EDI standards for electronic data sharing between distributors and food retailers.
At its founding Merit-Trax developed and sold food distribution, box meat inventory,
fresh and frozen food warehouse and back to back food trading systems.
In 2002 Merit-Trax and other business partners, including IBM,
collaborated on the adoption of the GS1 (EAN/UCC) barcode and Global Data Dictionary
standards to implement food traceability using the one link up / one link down method
of electronic data sharing and the use of RFID technology in animal identification
and food processing traceability. This led to the development of
Merit-Trax’s TRAX-IT Food Software Systems solutions which consists of an
integrated suite of modules and components to manage production,
supply chain and traceability for primary producers, packers,
processors and distributors. TRAX-IT food software systems
implement the GS1 Global Traceability Standards, Can-Trace Traceability Standards,
the Traceability for Meat and Poultry US Implementation Guide and
product identification and data sharing best practices for
livestock value chains and fresh and frozen food supply chains.
Merit-Trax has been an active participant in the development of
food software traceability standards and best practices including
its participation in the Efficient Food Service Response initiative
and the Can-Trace Traceability Technology Committee.
Since 2002 Merit-Trax has been a food software traceability technology
provider and consultant to both Agriculture and
Agrifood Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In 2006 Merit-Trax was selected by GS1 Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
to develop the Can-Trace Traceability Integration Guidelines, which identified the gaps
between primary producers and their downstream supply chains and recommended
the changes that were needed to version 1.0 of the Can-Trace Traceability Standard.
These recommendations were adopted in version 2.0 of the
Can-Trace Traceability Standard. Merit-Trax was also wrote the
Can-Trace Traceability Multi-Ingredient White Paper.
Merit-Trax has conducted traceability workshops for many industry conferences,
government agencies and producer associations in order to present the
many benefits of implementing traceability technology.
We have conducted workshops for the 2007 Canadian RFID conference in Toronto,
the 2008 GS1 USA UConnect conference in Dallas, the 2009 Trace R&D conference
in Winnipeg, the Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Traceability and
Food Safety Research divisions, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Animal Health
and Policy divisions, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture,
the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, the Ontario Veal Association and
the Ontario Cattle Feeders Association.
Merit-Trax was nominated by GS1 Canada and awarded the VICS Collaborative
Commerce Achievement Award as Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Provider
at the GS1 USA and VICS annual convention in Orlando in 2007.
Merit-Trax has a proven track record of innovation in implementing food software
systems which utilize traceability technology in a manner that provides
our customers with maximum cost savings that they gain through improved
operational productivity and detailed production cost management.
For example, at Atlantic Beef Products our TRAX-IT Slaughterhouse Software system
provided real-time data integration between our supply chain management software,
a third party RFID trolley hook tracking system, an Avery Weightronix
integrated weighing system and a Marel Flow Line deboning / cut room system.
TRAX-IT automates the livestock payment process using a settlement grid that rewards producers
whose carcasses meet retail customers’ product type and attribute requirements,
automates suggested and minimum selling price controls in the sales order module
using individual production lot costs and a customer price discount grid, and automates the
tracking of the meat from individual animals and / or receiving lots into the box and onto the pallet,
to ensure that customers receive the product with the specific attributes that they ordered.
This TRAX-IT implementation earned the Canadian Information Productivity Award
Gold Medal for Excellence in Innovation in 2006 and the Business Solutions Magazine Channel
Innovator Award for the RFID Category in 2007.

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