Fresh Produce Bar Code Scanning
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The FarmSoft team has add new features to the FarmSoft packhouse mobile (smart phone, iphone, tablets, and PDA’s) interfaces and new interfaces for in line bar-code scanning to allow rapid recording of packed fruit and vegetable via bar-code systems. Implement FarmSoft to make your fresh produce fruit packing easier and more efficient. FarmSoft delivers bar code scanning for packing sheds, packhouses, and fruit packers, exporters, importers and wholesalers.
FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning allows users to choose from a mobile interface that allows smartphones and PDA devices to scan boxed and packed fresh produce to record pallet contents. Fresh produce inventory and stock management with bar code systems ensures traceability and accuracy. FarmSoft’s bar code software for pack sheds makes fresh produce inventory control easy.
Use FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning software to manage banana, citrus, stone fruit, pomegranate, apple, bell pepper, capsicum, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, onion, pineapple, strawberry, cassava, blueberry, cherry, squash, and all other fresh produce for farm management, fresh produce bar code inventory, and traceability. FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning can be used to improve vegetable packhouse efficiency and fruit packhouse efficiency.
Other fresh produce bar code scanning options allow users to scan produce using a wireless hand held scanner that will build pallet contents and allow printing of fresh produce labels (using various formats including PTI/Produce Traceability Initiative and more).
Other options exist where the packhouse can configure in-line barcode scanning systems to perform the pallet building process.
The new functionality allows packers to maintain a high level of packhouse traceability whilst maximizing efficiency and minimizing packing costs. The FarmSoft bar-code systems can be customize for each clients requirements to ensure a high level of business process fit.
Optionally integrate the bar-code scanning solution with other modules from the FarmSoft Packhouse solution like the print and apply label printing module, or other optional pack shed traceability modules. Advanced quality control ensures consistent standardized testing.
Fresh produce bar code scanning software for pack house and pack shed efficiency improvement:
Other options include scanning of in line bar codes for inventory creation, barcoded inventory control, and RFID inventory for fresh produce. FarmSoft fresh produce bar code scanning software helps pack sheds improve traceability, increase profit, and reduce waste. Contact a FarmSoft consultant for more information.
Traceability As Part Of Competitive Strategy In The Fruit Supply Chain
Traceability, added value for Spanish fruit and vegetables Businesses in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry continue to focus on process improvements such as, recall and traceability, effective lot control, and obtaining accurate information quickly and easily. Earlier this year, Lufa Farms opened its third rooftop greenhouse, a 63,000-square-foot operation in the Anjou borough of Montreal — the most technologically advanced yet.
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Could barcodes be a thing of the past?
Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise. The Binwise system replaces current barcode systems for harvest, logistics and traceability management. This system uses RIFD tags, RFID portals and Smart Phones and can be adapted for any type of fruit or vegetables, tracing it from the field right through to the end consumer.
The RFID tag can be attached to the harvesting bins to track the movement between the orchards and the packhouse, the tags can also be integrated into sticky labels on the packing, punnets, trays etc.
"We are using Near Field Communication or NFC technology which is prevalent in every smart phone, so any grower, worker or consumer can pick up their phone and look up the data. They can get information on where the fruit was grown and also information about it, like which treatments and sprays etc. were put on the crop. They can also follow the product's path to the supermarket. Also because the RFID system is extremely secure, the consumer can be assured of the provenance of the product, ie. if it was domestically grown or if it has been relabelled from some other country," explains Patrick Malley, Director of Dataphyll Limited.
"We want the Binwise system to be beneficial for the retailer and the consumer, but being a grower myself I also want it to benefit the grower. I think it is very important to first make sure it works for the growers and post-harvest operators on this end of the supply chain, because if it does not benefit them it remains a 'nice to have product' and there are so many other technologies out there that are nice to have, so you really need to have something which drives actual benefits to the grower. They need to be able to pick up and run with it and that is how we have built our software, to drive real-time produce tracking and staff productivity. Binwise removes a whole lot of work around labelling, saving labour costs and, as it all becomes automatic, this also saves a lot of time and hassle."
The system provides a lot of cost saving benefits, but also provides food safety, traceability and supply chain management.
Patrick says that their expectation is a period of two years before customers will see the system pay itself off, but some customers are saying that they have seen the return on their investment after a year.
"We have been working together with T&G Global at their Kerikeri site on their blueberry crop and we are now talking about expanding our product through some of the other ranges they have, although this still in the early stages of discussion.
"The best thing about this product is that it is adaptable to any crop, we have systems running on kiwifruit, blueberries and on raspberries, and we are looking at many other types of produce. It is very adaptable to any kind of horticultural produce because, ultimately, all you are doing is capturing data and tracking it electronically," according to Patrick.
Binwise is only being used in New Zealand at the moment, which as Patrick says is a very good proving ground, "But we are looking to become an international company in the near future and as a small company we want to work with people to make that happen."
The senior Dataphyll team, which includes Reuben Wallis, a hardware and systems specialist, and Christoph Kistler and Kerrin Roberts who are both senior developers, have been developing and working on the Binwise system for over two years. “It has taken us over two years of testing and development on the family orchard to get it right. There are a lot of technical issues on something like this and as soon as you put it in the hands of many different people you have be ready to deal with these issues. Horticulture has staff from a wide range of technical and educational backgrounds and this Binwise has to be accessible to all of them."
"We think we have a really good solution that starts right from the grower up through the supply chain. In addition to supply chain management, Binwise also captures a huge amount of data automatically which helps drive productivity reports and other useful tools so that growers are able to keep a track of and manage staff and their produce in real-time. Lots of growers that we have talked to have said that they were waiting for a product like Binwise to make their jobs easier and faster. And we are looking forward to working with many more growers to help improve their businesses."
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Australia is in the process of revolutionising its barcode system
GS1 Australia is in the process of revolutionising its barcode system, providing more information and traceability, regarding the identity of loose produce items.
Account Director, Andrew Steele told the Hort Connections conference that the project has been in work for two years now, and is in the implementation stage. Driven by Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, he says retailers have been working with suppliers to implement the GS1 data bar, where the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is linked back to the packhouse where that item has been sourced.
"Traditionally, produce items like apples, oranges, stone fruit, mangoes have had a global PLU, or price look-up number," he said. "It tells you what it is, but it doesn't give you any link back to where that Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, or Kensington Pride mango has come from. In some case, the packhouse will also be the grower, or sometimes the grower might send it to a consolidated packhouse. But at least it is the first step in getting better linkage and traceability back to the packhouse."
But Mr Steele says the most exciting thing on the horizon is data embedded barcodes, and that comes in two forms; a slightly bigger "1D" barcode, or a much smaller "2D" barcode, called a data matrix.
"It includes a lot of additional data, for example, not just that a product is a tray pack of meat, but it has variable weight, production date, best before date, either a batch or serial number, and whether it is a prime cut or not," he said. "There are a lot of opportunities in the industry and food waste is one of them. So, if we can get product out through the checkout without having to throw it out. It is a better opportunity for the industry, just on that alone."
He added that Woolworths is implementing a new barcode trial, starting next month, working with two meat suppliers, using a 2D data matrix barcode. But the supermarket eventually would like to do a similar thing with fresh produce, which currently has a barcode, such as ready to eat soups and salad kits.
"What this means is that if you look at your pre-packaged salads, it has a pre-printed barcode on it," he said. "As soon as you want to include data like a batch code or use-by date, you have to move away to in-line barcode technology. This is the discussion that we have to have in the industry now, regarding what is the potential for businesses to introduce in-line barcode printing technology. The other big discussion is, we know where Woolworths is at, so we need to get the other retailers together to form an industry-wide roadmap. There's nothing worse as a supplier doing it one way for Woolworths, but all the others require the old way."
Globally, GS1 has been around for more than 45 years, and has around one million companies in 150 countries using the system to make more than six billion transactions per day. It a not-for-profit organization, and Mr Steele says it was started by industry, so it works for the industry, and some of the leading global brands sit on the board to give it a bigger presence in the marketplace.
Traceability systems have become increasingly important in recent years, to help solve some serious issues across the industry surrounding food safety, food contamination and food fraud.
"Implementing effective traceability processes can lead to big dollar savings across the global fresh food industry, right down to the store level" Mr Steele said. "Of course, the government is playing an increasing role these days by increasing regulations surrounding traceability requirements, market access and the like."
But Mr Steele admits that one of the challenges is the introduction of different types of barcode labelling on packages.
"You have QR codes which is for BTC - business to consumer marketing purposes," he said. "You have got your traditional 1D barcode for point of sale scanning. In the US there's a thing called 'smart label' where you scan it and it takes you to a brand-owner website that gives you access to all the off-pack label information around nutritional data and allergen statements. There's a lot of information that is hard to fit on smaller packets."
The company presented a global standard to industry last year, called Digital Link, which incorporates a URL into a barcode.
"The idea, if you think of Lord of the Rings, 'One Ring to rule them all', we would like to move to one barcode that is multi-purpose," Mr Steele explained. "So, it will satisfy the point of sale, and supply chain requirements, but also consumers can use it for marketing, smart labelling, and business to consumer engagement. At Gs1 we realise that people in the real world don't want multiple barcodes on products."
SIMBA barcode system supports potato growers
Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington leader in Real-time Traceability Systems for the produce industry announces a barcode-based system for potato processors.
When fully utilized, potato grower/packer/shippers will find that the SIMBA system provides up to the minute accurate inventory, both unprocessed bins and product that is packed and ready to be picked for shipment. The software prints both case and pallet labels, either in batch mode or on demand. SIMBA delivers detailed traceability information with the push of a button, and its logistics module records shipping in detail and prints bills of lading and manifests.
The SIMBA System uses the latest touchscreen technology to quickly record product details and to print product labels from the field or on the pack line, capturing product data such as “Russet, 5lb, Poly Bag”. The touch screen is located on the plant floor and is very easy to use, requiring minimal training. The system can be connected to digital scales or printer/applicators, which save time and increase productivity in packing.
At the time of shipping, the Van Loading feature of SIMBA tracks each carton or pallet onto a specific van. A Bill of Lading is then produced automatically. This feature not only saves time in the shipping process, it eliminates disputes with the customer regarding what was actually shipped.
Key results from implementing the SIMBA Traceability & Labeling Software include real-time production reporting, fulfillment of traceability requirements, more accurate inventory, a professional-looking carton and pallet labels, and verified shipping. The SIMBA Potato System is simple to use and will improve productivity, reduce errors and provide faster processing says Bill Allen, Process Improvement Consultant.
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Japan: Aomori apples to get barcodes that show individual fruit’s history
Japan’s Aomori Prefecture produces almost all of the apples that are sent out-of-country for export. In a time when there is a clamor for safer food – especially from Japan – the Aomori prefectural government and local apple farmers have found an ingenious way to use the Quick Response barcode system, better known as QR codes, to show that Aomori apples are safe to eat.
QR codes were introduced in 1994, incidentally also in Japan by a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., but its usage is generally in decline. It reached its heyday when Blackberry smartphones (also arguably in decline?) used them as a quick way to transfer contact information from phone to phone. Be that as it may, these export quality Aomori apples now have their own individual QR codes per apple, which when scanned by a consumer through a QR code reader on their smartphone will show them the apple’s growth and production history – which farm the apple came from and how it was cared for, including information on how often pesticides were used. It even comes with a photo and message from the farmer who grew the fruit, a great touch that will make consumers feel “connected” with the person who actually made it possible for us to enjoy the apple. This information will be available in Japanese, Chinese and English.
This new project is set to start possibly during the harvest season next autumn, with farmers attaching QR code stickers on apples bound for Taiwan, the main export destination for Japanese apples. Each individual apple – even if harvested from the same tree – will get its own unique code, a rare production practice in today’s manufacturing environment. The new system will not only help out consumers, it will also allow the prefectural government and apple farmers to follow the distribution routes of the exported apples.