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Under US anti-bioterrorism legislation introduced in April, companies exporting to the US must be able to locate and trace goods from raw material to finished product.
When trucks arrive at Grand Marnier's depot, staff scan the barcodes on the pallets inside using a handheld device which then transmits the data across a wireless network to the central warehousing system at head office.
Grand Marnier, which exports 90% of its production to the US and Canada, will use Aldata software to keep a tally of goods in the warehouse and to track progress along its supply chain. It will be installed on IBM AS/400 servers in Grand Marnier's head office in the Eure region of France. The Aldata software will link to Grand Marnier's production system.
Arnaud Mabire, IT manager at Grand Marnier, said the US export law meant an update of the technology used in its warehouse became a priority.
"Several months ago we had a project consisting of an optimisation of warehouses and an automated follow-up of products. This law, as well as other European rules, made this project a priority," Mabire said.