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Fresh produce management software
Fresh produce management software from farmsoft delivers rapid traceability, waste reduction, and packer accountability for fruit, vegetable, hop, and coffee. For use in medium to large packhouses, and co-operative packing.
Improving the traceability and reducing waste is made easy for fruit and vegetable packers and processors using farmsoft. The farmsoft fresh produce management software suite provides a comprehensive management system that addresses modern packing concerns including waste reduction, employee management and labor capture, traceability maintenance, export documentation, sales, orders, contracts, purchase orders, multi-pack site management and more.
As an optional feature,farmsoft is also ready for corporate deployment, where one company can have multiple packing sites. Each packing site can operate independently, and users at each site can only see the data relating to their activities. Of course, head office is able to view all sites, monitor packing progress, assign sales orders to be fulfilled at specific sites, and track performance and all KPI’s from each packing site. Download fresh produce management software specifications, or download sample packhouse reports.
Fresh produce management software
Farmsoft fresh produce management software for enterprise management of simple and complex packing operations including receipt, sorting, grading, processing, packing, storage, sales and dispatch.
Farmsoft fresh produce management software reduces waste and increases performance. Contact us for a free consultation today. Your fresh produce processing / packing / sales / marketing enterprise will receive these benefits:
Reduce financial exposure and business risk in the event of a recall incident
Minimize the size and cost of a recall
Reduce costs of standards compliance
Minimize processing waste
Increase food safety
Improve relationships with customers and their perception of quality and food safety in your product
Reduce administration costs
Makes quality audits easy
Fresh produce management software with easy to use functionality.
The farmsoft Packhouse Software delivers comprehensive management for every section of the fresh produce processing enterprise. Farmsoft is highly configurable and can be customized to suit both simple and complex business processes.
Fresh produce inventory control, including bar-code
Inventory rotation, expiring inventory management, inventory ripening
Export documentation for fresh produce
Sales order management
Purchase order management
Fresh produce labeling (PTI, Walmart, Aldi, Woolworths, Coles, Tesco’s and more)
Extensive inventory, KPI, packing cost, labor cost, quality control, and pack out reporting
Quality control alerts sent to management (includes full quality report in the alert)
Inventory re-order & re-stock management
Access from mobile device such as tablet, smartphone, industrial PDA/device
Install farmsoft on your own server, or use it directly from the cloud for easy deployment to multiple sites
Sales contract management
Extensive fresh produce quality control management
Customer documentation requirements management
Sales management for multiple sites / factories / and warehouses distributed in any number of geographical locations
Packing and processing labor management and recording (can be integrated with payroll)
Batch based processing and manufacturing management
Traceability management including cascading traceability on materials produced/used in multiple batches iteratively
Unlimited sites / factories, and warehouses
Control exactly which screens each user can see, enable Edit, Create, View, Supervisor, Employee permissions for tasks
Good manufacturing practice (GMP) enforcement to ensure the correct tasks are performed at the correct time
Imporving fruit and vegetable food safety using the Produce Traceability Initiative
High-quality natural, organic and locally sourced products and empowers consumers to understand where their food is sourced. The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is a voluntary, industry-wide effort that was launched in 2007 to support more effective and efficient track and trace method into the produce supply chain. Sponsored by the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Association, and Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the initiative has been endorsed by leading retailers and food services distributors across North America. The goal at the outset was to adopt electronic traceability methods for every case of produce by 2012. The program has been gaining momentum, but is still working hard to get produce operations to integrate barcoding and food label printers into their businesses.
"The texture of the mesh in our net bags is divided in two categories: crude and smooth. The crude ones are suitable for onions, potatoes and citrus, the smooth ones are used for grapes and other fruits or vegetables. The Ningbo Yongfeng Packing Utensils Limited Company, which was founded in 1986, is our parent company. It has its own processing plants in China and even in Vietnam, which are divided in two groups. The first group produces exports for the United States of America, Europe and Italy. They weave net bags which are suitable for onions. The other group produces exports for Russia and other European countries. They weave net bags that can be used for potatoes."
Prior to implementation, Washington Fruit relied on manual inventory and lacked a pallet tagging and inventory management system. This resulted in daily "house counts" to ensure inventory control, and was a waste of employee resources. Today, Washington Fruit uses mobile technology to track pallets with barcode scanning.
"I already have that". No, you don't. You have a set of non-integrated heterogeneous providers and systems that partially covers independent chunks of your Supply Chain. And when something goes wrong, actors downstream need to painfully move upstream until they reach the issue or get directly to you (eventually refusing your delivery and complaining about poor quality) so that you chase up the issue to get part of your money back.
Walmart changes Fresh Food Management for better fresh produce
Russian retailer begins direct banana imports
Russian food retailer Dixy has received their first direct supply of bananas, reports retail.ru. The goods are supplied to the chain directly from the producers in Ecuador, without intermediaries. Bananas are the best selling goods in the chain’s ‘U Doma’ stores not only in the fruit category, but from the entire assortment range- in a week buyers purchase more than 1,000 tons. The first delivery has already arrived in ‘U Doma’ stores. The retailer has been increasing direct fruit and vegetable exports over the past six years and they intend to double the amount of direct suppliers. The retailer’s press officer stated that direct imports allow the chain to better control supplies as well as prices.
Walmart changes Fresh Food Management for better fresh produce
Walmart Stores Inc will create hundreds of management positions as part of a new program aimed at improving the fresh food sections at its US stores, according to people familiar with the matter and a spokesman for the retailer. Walmart, the largest grocer in the United States, has already hired 30 field managers and plans to hire hundreds more over the next three years, people familiar with matter said in recent days. Their job is to train workers and take other steps to improve the fresh food offering in stores, the people said. (fortune.com)
Asda asks suppliers for discounts and cash in battle with Aldi and Lidl
Asda is asking suppliers for discounts and cash contributions worth millions of pounds so it can fight back against the rise of discounters Aldi and Lidl by slashing prices for shoppers. The supermarket, which is expected to reveal a sixth consecutive quarter of declining sales on Thursday after a tough Christmas, is calling in suppliers for individual discussions about ways to cut prices by as much as 10%, according to trade journal the Grocer. One industry source told the Guardian that suppliers had been asked for “significant amounts of money”. He added: “Individual suppliers are being asked for millions of pounds and asked what they want in return.” (theguardian.com)
Google's fresh food delivery service becomes a reality
Google Express, the search engine's home delivery service, will begin shipping fresh grocery items to its customers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the offering is starting small and is only available to select areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles. As the report says, there are some drawbacks (for users), with Express' two-hour delivery window being stretched out to four hours. In addition, the minimum charge has increased from $15 to $35, plus a $3 per-order surcharge for members. (engadget.com)
Portugal’s Jerónimo Martins awarded for fighting food waste
Portuguese retailer Jerónimo Martins Group has been internationally recognised for its fight against food waste in Portugal, having received a Ruban d’Honneur in the Environmental and Corporate Sustainability category of the 2015/2016 European Business Awards. (esmmagazine.com)
Carrefour Romania increases cmployee wages
Carrefour Romania has increased the wages of its employees and decided to give them monthly instalments of food vouchers that can be redeemed in Carrefour hypermarkets nationwide, Romania-Insider.com reports. (esmmagazine.com)
US: Fairway gets a second warning of stock delisting
More dark clouds gathered above Fairway Group Holdings late Tuesday when the company said it has received a second warning of a potential stock delisting by the Nasdaq exchange — this time for failing to maintain a minimum market capitalization of $15m for three consecutive business days. (supermarketnews.com)
US: Weis profits dipped in 3Q; earnings review immaterial
Weis Markets late Tuesday said its net earnings for the fiscal third quarter decreased by 5.4% but were not affected by a review of accounting that had delayed the company's report on the financial results for the period. As previously reported by Weis in November, sales for the period ending Sept. 26 totaled $711.9m, an increase of 4.1%, and a comparable store sales gain of 4%. Net earnings of $12.8m decreased by 5.4% (supermarketnews.com)
Match: new CEO for Benelux, stores sold in FranceFresh produce management software
Louis Delhaize-owned Match has appointed a new CEO for its Benelux stores, while announcing that it has sold four Match supermarkets in France to Carrefour as it continues to rationalise its store base in the country. (supermarketnews.com)
India’s beating foreign retailers
India seems to be the place foreign retailers go to lose money. Walmart, Carrefour SA and Germany’s Metro AG have had severe struggles in the last decade. India’s D-Mart supermarket
chain, which has managed to turn a profit in each of the last 15 years, is an example of how to do it right. The chain makes money from giving customers fewer choices of no-frills products, enabling it to negotiate better prices with vendors, and by refusing to spend money on analytics, loyalty programs, social media or any other new-fangled strategies. It just sells cheap stuff. “We’ve been doing just one thing. No distractions,” said Neville Noronha, CEO of D-Mart parent Avenue Supermarts Ltd. (Bloomberg)
Greece: Sklavenitis to manage Marinopoulos hypermarkets
Greek retailer Sklavenitis is set to manage Carrefour Marinopoulos hypermarkets in the country, following a joint-venture agreement between the two retailers last week. The deal is expected to be completed in the next two months, subject to approval by local competition authorities. The move will see Sklavenitis manage Carrefour Marinopoulos’s 33 hypermarkets, which generated a turnover of around €325m in 2015, around a third of Carrefour Marinopoulos’s turnover. (igd.com)
Metro to expand in the PhilippinesFresh produce management software
Metro Retail Stores Group, the Philippines’ fourth-largest retailer, is planning to expand its network by opening 50 to 70 new stores in the next five years, the majority of which will be located in the Visayas region. (igd.com)
thylene management products provide solutions for ripening and degreening
Fresh Produce Instruments now supplies a versatile product line for ethylene management. Solutions for fresh fruit and vegetable ethylene application is now available through the company with ethylene generators, citrus generators for ethylene application, ripening concentrate, and gas analysers.
Ethylene is a critical element for fresh produce. Highly needed when ripening or degreening, a menace when you want to keep your produce fresh. From this, the ethylene generators supplied by the company are designed specifically to only make as much ethylene as needed for the target room. The Easy-Ripe® Generator and Citrus Generator provide consistent, non-pressurised ethylene on a continual basis in order to achieve uniform ripening and degreening. Additionally, these generators are equipped with remote control options from ethylene sensors or PLC units. This solution features compliance from TÜV SÜD, and CE.
Both generators utilize Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate which comes in liter bottles. Each bottle of Ethy-Gen® II makes 0.365 cubic meters of ethylene, enough to ripen several loads of fruit. As a result of ethylene application, the unique formula of Ethy-Gen® II ensures there are no residues as a result of our ethylene application. Ethy-Gen® II’s active ingredient is all-natural, GMO-free, and is the only ripening fluid approved by both the US EPA and the UK HSE Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD).
For those looking to accurately measure ethylene levels within their ripening facility, the company recommends the F-900 Portable Ethylene Analyzer as an economical, yet precise, solution. Using two electrochemical sensors, the F-900 measures ethylene from 0-200 ppm with a lower detection limit of 0.025 parts-per-million (ppm). The patent pending “PolarCept” filter removes polar hydrocarbons from the gas stream to ensure that measurements are not polluted by interfering gases such as ethanol.
Fresh Produce Instruments can be found at Fruit Logistica Hall 1.2 / D-12 in Berlin, Germany 5-7 February 2020.
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United Fresh names 25 Retail Produce Manager Award honorees
Marking its sixteenth year recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association has announced the honorees of its 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 16 different states and Canada. The winners will be honored during United Fresh LIVE! the week of June 15, 2020.
Sponsored by Dole Food Company, the program pays special recognition to produce managers working every day on the front line to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the program’s inception in 2005, over 325 retail produce managers, representing more than 110 different retail banners, have been honored for their contributions to the industry.
“As the face of our industry in store, retail produce managers play a significant role in influencing a consumer’s decision to shop for fresh produce,” said Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association. “More so than ever before, we are extremely fortunate to have these outstanding produce managers representing our industry and working each day to deliver a positive customer experience in the produce department during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re especially grateful for their resolve in the face of this public health crisis.”
The 2020 Retail Produce Manager Award Winners are:
- Michael Foint, Big Y Foods, Inc, Amherst, MA
- Freddie Dowell, Brookshire Grocery Company, Malakoff, TX
- Dave Baxter, Daniels Sentry Foods, Walworth, WI
- Jaleisha Freeman, Oceana Naval Air Station Commissary, Virginia Beach, VA
- Steve Kaluahine, Gelson's Market, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA
- John Hollenden, Giant Food Stores, Warrington, PA
- Paul Rosen, Good Foods Store, Missoula, MT
- Gabriel Cabrera, Grocery Outlet, Visalia, CA
- Clay Williams, Harps Food Stores, Fayetteville, AR
- Ricky Morrison, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Charlotte/Harrisburg, NC
- Ronnie Minteer, Hy-Vee, Inc., Springfield, IL
- Brian Lowery, Jewel-Osco, Chicago, IL
- Christine Burton, Kroger Company, Shelbyville, IN
- Randy Davis, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City), Gatlinburg, TN
- Maynard Miller, Martin's Super Markets, Nappanee, IN
- Tammy Joseph, Meijer, Cedar Springs, MI
- Kevin MacLeod, Metro Ontario Inc., Orleans, ON, Canada
- Bill Ryder, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Tullahoma, TN
- Michael Thomas, Raley's Family of Fine Stores, Carson City, NV
- Josh Smith, Rouses Supermarkets, New Orleans, LA
- Ken Marske, Schmitz's Economart, Spooner, WI
- Jose Garcia, Sprouts Farmers Market, Santee, CA
- Eduardo Queirolo, The Fresh Market, Aventura, FL
- Brad Franklin, Tops Friendly Markets, Towanda, PA
- Robert Fowler, Whole Foods Market, Chicago, IL
These winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers across the industry. Nominations were evaluated on several criteria, including efforts to increase produce consumption through excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to customer satisfaction.
“This is Dole’s sixth year as title sponsor of the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards, and we could not be more proud to be a part of this important recognition program,” said Johan Linden, CEO, Dole Food Company. “These essential workers are most valuable to our industry as consumers trust in their knowledge of the healthy benefits and safety of fresh produce. They do so much to promote the increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this program gives us a platform to express our sincere thanks on behalf of our company and our industry.”
All winners will be honored during the Retail-Foodservice Celebration at United Fresh LIVE! the week of June 15. In addition to their awards, five Grand Prize recipients will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.
We invite all of their corporate team executives and members, store associates and family and friends to also join in the celebration through United Fresh LIVE!, a virtual event platform where the Retail-Foodservice Celebration will be hosted in real time and further available on-demand.
To register for FREE for United Fresh LIVE! click here.
Comteck: accurate management of fresh produce
Ordering goods, fixing prices and controlling losses. These are the three difficulties in the fresh produce industry, and especially for fresh fruits and vegetables. The influence of the weather is considerable, so production volumes aren't stable. Fresh produce is dictated by locality, so it lacks standardisation. The market prices in first tier cities is unstable. There is no branding, so there is almost no costumer fidelity. Transport conditions are bad, there are losses in supply to stores. Even with these conditions, even with so many years of experience, the changing demands of costumers can keep you more than occupied. Be that what it may, are there solutions to connect the links, to create optimal circulation?
"We created the first Chinese retail shop information system. With loss control you order goods, settle the price and effectively buy and deliver or process. You can also analyse sales data, stock data, etc. So it helps chain stores to specialise their management. This means the gains of the system are not only for the store, but for the whole chain of stores," explains Mrs. Wang Jieying from Comteck in Ningbo.
Building an analysis system from sales data
Sales data is the easiest to obtain from a fresh produce chain store, but it is also very easy to overlook the value of that data. It is difficult to analyse the consumer habits from nearby shops based on experience alone. That's where an assisting platform and scientific analysing methods come in. "We are very aware of the uncertainty in the fresh produce industry, like the influence of the weather on production volumes. But in sales, chain stores can perform analyses on the sales data. This way they can estimate the customer demands and use more channels to increase or decrease the stock if necessary. They can also accurately adjust prices according to supply and demand."
Since ordering fresh products, stock management and delivery become more logical, the losses will be reduced. "In stock management, for example, the quality of fresh products depends on the environment. Storing conditions determine the selling phase and preservation time. Our system can clarify the stock situation and short-term demands. Managing personnel can use these two insights to protect the quality by reducing unnecessary movement of goods. Quality will be safeguarded more and losses will be fewer.
Repeatability with profit modelling
The goal of all fresh produce chain stores is to expand the sales volume and to preserve the profit. But consumer patterns differ by region, a problem that every expanding chain store needs to overcome. The profit modelling and business data of the X-SHOP system can help a store to solve these problems and realise a swift expansion of volumes.
"Consumer preferences may differ by region, but basic data like quality standards, stratified standards and analysing methods are the same. If we keep in account sales on the spot and the fast delivery processing, we can collect realtime data of the business. This way we consolidate the management and practical experience. It helps new stores to make management accurate, like getting through bottleneck of low profit margins."
tactical management + IT = fast and stable development
Experienced chain stores have abundant sales data. So is the system useful for start-ups?
Mrs. Wang answers that "Comteck does not only provide technical support, but also services for strategy planning. In general, when we set up the system for the costumer, we also analyse the overall situation of the fresh produce industry and offer advise in terms of strategy. We teach the costumer how to use the system, but also why to use it."
Ningbo Comteck company
Ningbo Comteck company was founded in 2011. It may be a young company, but it received the third price in the National Innovative Enterprises Competition. The company strives to provide business and the 'enterprise resource planning' management system for fresh produce retail chain stores. The system is not a traditional piece of software. It integrates the management software, the management platform and management inquiry to solve problems as a whole. The company has abundant experience in the field of fresh produce, retail sales and enterprise inquiries. "The fresh produce industry is supported by the government, as it is provided by common people. Many investments are made. So how to help the industry to further develop? We live in the era of big data and thanks to IT development. Data once neglected are valuable again. This is what we stand for. We merge the people's experience with IT and realise the transfer from individual experience to collective capability. We help chain stores to create accurate management and overcome the difficulties of the trade."
"Information technology changing the game in Fresh Produce"
For the third time in succession, Frug I Com will organize this leading industry event on information management, information-standardization and information technology and development in fresh produce. The event will take place at the SS Rotterdam.
Information technology is changing all industries. Disruptive technologies pave the way for new companies and new concepts. Who would have thought that Uber would be reorganizing the taxi-business without a single taxi, or that Air BNB would be the biggest hotel without hotel rooms. New players, new game; but what is the impact on the game in fresh produce ?
The third edition of the EU FRESH INFO Forum takes place at the SS Rotterdam on 29 and 30 November, in close collaboration with GS1 in Europe, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) and the Fresh Produce Centre.
Morning plenary sessions
The program will start by addressing the impact of the CHANGE of the GAME in the Fresh Produce sector. Keynote speakers will highlight the impact that new technology has on the customer and the entire supply chain.
In the breakout sessions, six themes will be addressed that are essential for companies not to be on Gartners’ EXIT-list. Gartner predicted that “Digital business incompetence” will cause a quarter of businesses to lose their competitive ranking in 2017.
- DATA QUALITY; Together with GS1 Nederland, we go into detail on how data quality is essential for fresh in retail supply.
- FARM DATA; More and more data from the farm is needed in the supply chain. Results from the Farm Digital Research & Innovation Program will be presented here.
- TECHNOVATION; Drones, robots and sensors are entering our sector: an update on major developments.
- LOGISTICS; Without logistics, there will be no fruit and vegetables on your plate. But what does the logistics of the future look like?
- FACT DRIVEN; BIGdata is changing the decision making process in fresh produce: from managing with our own green fingers to model- based decisions: an update on how data is the oil of your company.
- CAPABILITY TO CHANGE; One of the major issues is the capability needed to change the use of new technology in a company. It requires change of business processes, change of competences needed but also entails the struggle with fear of the unknown. In this breakout session, special attention will be given to this process of change and the people who have to implement it.
This will leave you with the question: should I do something or do I need to wait? In an outlook called ‘Trendz! On to 2030, the impact on the fresh game, ’ renowned speaker, Richard van Hooijdonk, gives you the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of future trends and the impact on fruits and vegetables.
Fresh Produce Centre Management Dinner
Change starts at the highest level. Digital transformation of the fresh companies management is essential for the next generation of fresh produce. The Management Dinner takes place on 29 November as part of the EU Forum. During this Dinner, CEO’s of the Fresh Produce Centre members will discuss the Change of the Game.
Fresh Technology Tour
On 29 November, a special tour will be organized for foreign visitors to the most modern Dutch horticulture companies. This year, we will visit the Urban Farm De Schilde: a hydroponics and aquaponics urban cultivation on the roof of a disused office. For the latest developments of logistics in the glasshouse, we will visit Ter Laak Orchids: where every orchid has its own RFID chip!
3rd EU FRESH INFO Forum & Roundtables
29 & 30 November 2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
For more information: www.eufreshforum.com