Floral Industry Ready To Put Automation In Place

Electronic ordering, receiving and invoicing using product distribution and
tracking technologies that transformed the consumer products delivery system are
about to become a reality in the floral industry.

Standard data protocols, including the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN,
pronounced gee-tin) for boxes and the Universal Product Code (UPC) for bunches
and bouquets, are now available.

Used for some time in other industries, the GTIN and UPC are part of an
internationally recognized data standard behind bar-coding systems enabling
supply chain partners to eliminate redundancies, reduce manual labor and
minimize the chance for human error in the distribution process. Their
implementation can help cut cost and error out of the floral supply chain, speed
delivery and, ultimately, make a fresher and more consistent range of product
available to the consumer.

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