Compliance with the EU Tobacco Directive will become mandatory on 20 May 2019. For all companies in the tobacco supply chain that have not yet implemented the requirements of the Directive, this means that they now have to deal intensively with the issue. The Circlon | group is currently holding an informative workshop for all affected companies on 12 March in 2019 Göttingen. Here, the Circlon | group experts will be discussing the requirements of the directive, explaining Honeywell's solution and showing in detail how and under what conditions it can be implemented in practice.
Further information about the roadshow along with a registration form can be found here.
Track and trace solution becomes mandatory
As of 20 May 2019, the traceability of tobacco products in the supply chain will be required by law. In addition to manufacturers, all distributors, wholesalers and retailers, suppliers, merchandisers (vending machine filling) and external logistics contractors are affected. In accordance with the directive, they must all confirm the receipt of the tobacco products and record the place of delivery. The data will then be transmitted to the European authorities.
The implementation of the EU Tobacco Directive requires traceability systems capable of covering all parts of the supply chain. For this purpose, each tobacco product must have a unique ID. Among other things, this is designed to prevent the sale of counterfeit tobacco products and ensure correct taxation. In addition, track and trace measures provide reliable evidence of when and where products were illegally diverted. Honeywell offers a solution consisting of hardware (hand scanner, label printer, accessories), software (Track & Trace app), cloud platform and device service.
The scanners must support dot codes, since in future all tobacco shipping units will feature this code type. The dot code symbology was standardised as far back as July 2012 – the code is suitable for the fast printing of industrial or consumer goods in order to identify and track individual units. That is why it is mainly used in the pharmaceutical industry and now also in the cigarette industry.
Cloud based solution with Honeywell Movilizer
The scalable Honeywell track and trace software suite runs on the Movilizer cloud platform. This mobility solution enables companies to link processes at every point in the supply chain. It is available as a standalone system (for smaller companies) as well as an integrated ERP and WMS solution (for larger retailers and distributors). Movilizer provides end-to-end transparency and electronic documentation of the location of tobacco products along the entire supply chain. Further information can be found here.
Jörg Kracke, Europe Vice President at Honeywell, comments on the EU directive: "With the Tobacco Products Directive, the EU has created the conditions to effectively prevent the spread of counterfeit tobacco products. Although the deadline for implementation is fast approaching, Honeywell Movilizer's track and trace solution includes all the hardware, software and services to help companies in the tobacco supply chain meet the TPD requirements on time."
The Circlon | group is responsible for the implementation of the entire Honeywell solution and provides Managed Services to ensure smooth operation throughout the entire life cycle of the devices. Michael Zitzmann, CEO of the Circlon | group, says. "As a Platinum Partner of Honeywell, we are fully conversant with the subject and can optimally implement the Honeywell package of measures. Our experts are very familiar with the devices used here. The Circlon device staging, which we perform prior to each delivery, ensures immediate operation. We display all relevant device data in the Circlon | Operate Portal and offer users customised services with our Managed Services – fast and uncomplicated".
Smart handheld scanners with pre-installed app
The Circlon | group recommends the smart Dolphin CT60 mobile scanner from Honeywell. These robust scanners are based on the Android operating system; the track and trace software is pre-installed. This enables device users to scan product labels, access tracking information, and document the movement of goods at every stage. The staging, including the installation of the app and the registration in the Circlon | Operate Portal, is done by the Circlon | group.
During the initial "population" of the Circlon | Operate Portal, the data collected during the staging process from the handhelds and accessories are imported into the portal, from which moment on they can be accessed there anytime – as can all service data. Circlon | group's needs-based managed services speed up repair processes and help to optimise user processes and reduce follow-up costs. You too can benefit from our expertise from over 300 roll-outs by allowing us to advise you now: get advised today!
For more information on track and trace solutions for compliance with the EU Tobacco Products Directive, see https://hwll.co/TPD.
Find out here about the information events on TPD and register for the next date on 12 March 2019 in Göttingen.