CHINA - Offering food producers full supply chain control as well as presenting them with a myriad of targeted advertising opportunities, Greatview Aseptic Packaging has developed individually traceable milk cartons with unique Quick Reflex (QR) codes printed on its aseptic packages.
The technological solution was developed as a joint supply chain collaboration between Greatview, Tencent’s WeChat and Chinese retailer RT-Mart for China’s major dairy brand owner Mengniu to apply the technology in promoting its ‘Selected Meadow’ Traceable+ milk brand.
Consumers who use their smartphones to scan ‘Selected Meadow’ brand products will be able to trace item-level information about the milk contained in the carton and also be eligible for receiving targeted price discounts and other value added services.
“Our partnership with Greatview, WeChat and RT-Mart has been inspired by China’s ‘Internet Plus’ strategy, which aims to integrate the internet with traditional industries,” said Mengniu COO Bai Ying.
“For consumers, our new offering means a more comprehensive user experience, while for us it represents a window for leveraging a fully functional big data platform.”
Jeff Bi, CEO of Greatview added, “China’s revised ‘Food Safety Law’ now requires manufacturers to establish full supply chain traceability systems. Greatview’s development of item-level traceable cartons using QR codes has been in anticipation of this legal trend and allows Greatview carton products to carry their own separate ID.
“Smartphone-carrying consumers who scan the codes can be instantly associated with the individual products they purchase. Making instant online payments, gaining bonus points and giving consumers specific information about the product inside are but a few of the choices that will be just a touch away for consumers.”