It’s hard to keep track of everything these days as far as food safety, compliance etc. We get it, and as suppliers who are in plants EVERYDAY, we make it our job to know key mandates that impact your business. And what we are finding is that many don’t seem to be aware of this latest GS1 recommendation as it relates to pallet labeling, so we are taking the opportunity to share what you need to know, so you can make informed decisions.
While you might know that 1x label on a pallet is the bare minimum from a traceability perspective, it is now recommended that two sides of the pallet be labeled with the exact same data, to ensure a label is always visible. Click HERE for the full GS1 report, paying attention to page 38+.
Here is a summary of other details related to the 2 pallet labels:
- At least 2 inches in from the corners
- 16~32 inches from the base of the pallet
- Picket Fence orientation for the barcode
So if you are using one label today, yes, that is completely acceptable…for now. However, increasingly more retailers are asking for this 2 label placement to help with their own supply chain efficiency. This is validated by the growing number of inquiries we are receiving from many of our “big brand” customers who are now looking for an option to support the 2 sided labels on their pallets. Thankfully we at Domino are in the know and have a solution, but it’s more than just the product itself. It’s future proofing. It’s aligning yourself with a partner who makes it their job to know YOURs.
To discuss this requirement more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself with any questions you might have.
Steve Dods, Product Marketing Manager, Secondary Packaging