Whether you are a wholesaler or a self-distributed retailer, you will have to create, store and manage at least four different sets of KDEs*.

  • Each supplier will have their particular, non-standard way to send KDEs. They might be on a label, in a shipping document, a BOL or an ASN. Your IT team will not be able to manually extract the KDEs from the shipping records
  • You will have to create Receiving KDEs and match them to the corresponding extracted supplier KDE.
  • You will have to create a KDE when you ship to your stores (or your customers’ DCs if you are a wholesaler)
  • You will have to create a Receiving KDE when backdoor receives shipments (your retail customers will have to do that at DC receiving, if you are a wholesaler)

How will you manage potentially millions of data sets sent in various formats?


  • Connect your supply chain to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network and receive Key Data Elements (KDEs) in the format you want.
  • We have been doing Compliance Management for over 20 years. Most of your suppliers are likely already using the network. It is easy for them to activate traceability with us.
  • Join and activate traceability at NO cost to you and your suppliers pay only $179 a month for immediate access to all their in-network connections, including you. Unlimited use, no matter how many products or how much they ship.

*KDE - Key Data Element. Information associated with a CTE for which a record would have to be established and maintained.   *CTE - Critical Tracking Event. An event in the food supply chain involving the growing, receiving, transforming, creating, or shipping of food. 

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