THE leading trade association in the US representing food retail and wholesale industries has partnered with iCiX International Compliance Information Exchange to provide an innovative and confidential way to store, share, and communicate compliance documentation in real-time.
“Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is aware of the challenges facing retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in managing information in today’s global market,” the FMI said.
“An efficient way to manage information and documentation to ensure companies are complying with regulations, including the Bioterrorism Act and Country of Origin Labeling, is through the use of a shared, secure electronic database.”
iCiX (Australia) managing director Tim Marchington said the iCiX system was user-friendly, did not require special software, and the annual membership fee was waived as an added benefit to FMI retail and wholesale members.
“The iCiX technology reduces paperwork, provides safeguards, decreases inefficiencies and expenses, and mitigates errors and liabilities.
“For example, suppliers need only load information one time into a single platform and give access to unlimited customers if they so choose,” Tim said.
Alternatively, customer-specific information, such as invoices related to specific shipments, can be stored confidentially and accessed only by a unique customer password.
“Information important to satisfying regulatory requirements can be retrieved quickly and efficiently to comply with mandatory deadlines,” Tim said.
“In addition, iCiX is being used as an effective communication tool throughout the supply chain through its e-mail, fax and voice broadcast capabilities.”