Amazon Transparency Program

Add Track and Trace

Why should I add the track and trace service?

Most importantly, a track and trace service offers even greater transparency. For example, if a manufacturer affixes the transparency labels to item-level packaging, and send to distributors or fulfillment centers, the manufacturer can scan the label with the codeREADr mobile app upon shipment. Additionally, the manufacturer can create a record for the status of the item. Notably, users can execute this process at every transfer point, for both shipping and receiving. Essentially, users can scan transparency labels to track and trace items globally.

Could the authentication process be even more secure?

Yes. For example, when the app user can scan the transparency barcode and the item’s unique serial number barcode. As a result, that would create a record that defines that item as authentic only if both barcodes match at every transfer point.

Can I track the people handling the items?

Yes. You can issue unique app usernames to every person scanning at each location.

Create your own track and trace program

Valid is green and Invalid is red

To quickly implement a simple tracking solution, you can use your existing serial number barcodes or affix new barcode labels, each with a unique ID. Basically, the idea is to scan the unique barcode on the item and compare it to a database of valid IDs.

Importantly, if the scanned ID is in the database, the app user will see a green “Valid” screen. But if it is not in the database, the app use will see a red “Invalid” screen. Administrators can review the scan records in real-time. Also, when there is no connectivity, the system records the scans offline so admins can view online later.

Can administrators see history of scans?

Yes. The administrator can always see the filtered scan history for each item online. For the app-user to also see the history and to create a simple, clickable, and shareable table showing the history of all filtered items, the Table Builder service is ideal.

What about anti-counterfeiting?

Since a barcode is visual media, people can easily copy it. Therefore, you can use holograms or similar technologies to make it more difficult to copy.

Can I stop counterfeits in return shipments?

If you are concerned about shipping customers authentic items but customers returning counterfeit items, you can print a high resolution DataMatrix 2D barcode on the item’s label or hide it on the item.  If small or camouflaged enough, it may be missed by the counterfeiter. Also, you can use a magnifier when scanning the barcode to confirm validity.