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Inventory management for fresh produce reduces waste
Barcode labels and inventory & pallet management, stock take (mobile & PC), cold store, 3D storage, shipping container management...
Manage the sales process by scanning pallets onto orders/invoice, or simply select inventory from a list if you dont use the barcode scanning Android app.
Reduce fresh inventory waste with FIFO and bar-code inventory management & waste alerts & reporting.
Generate accurate labels, automatic paperwork, quickly, and accurately. Reporting and KPI for fresh inventory and perishable goods.
Manage all fresh produce inventory, packaging materials, and raw materials. Full stock-take, inventory auditing, inventory reporting, ageing inventory analysis and more...
Learn about our optional RFID pallet control solution.
Inventory storage and status (ie: in processes such as sorting, grading, cooling, ripening etc) of all produce, especially FIFO and alerts for ageing inventory help to reduce post harvest inventory losses of fresh produce.
Inventory movement, creation date, date of loading, date of entry into a batch, inventory quality tests and more is being captured in the background, providing an inventory audit trail of which inventory was stored where at what times, and moved by whom; providing an unparalleled background traceability and inventory auditing management for all fresh produce inventory
Optionally use bar code
Inventory control for fresh produce with ruggedized tablet or smartphone, or add a bluetooth/wifi scanner to any device that doesnt have built in scanning for precise inventory control.
Move fresh produce between cool rooms, ripening rooms, hyrdro-coolers, and warehouses (with and without bar code scanning). Move inventory between pallets or even build new pallets instantly with or without inventory bar-code use.
Manage fresh produce that is stored across many sites, including sites that may be anywhere in the country, or even across the world with unlimited warehouse storage areas, which can even use 3D storage to increase accuracy in large cool rooms and warehouses. Rapidly move inventory between sites using the inventory site to site transfer, simply scan the transfer document at the destination site to officially log the inventory at the destination site. View the exact location of all inventory at all times including inventory in transit.
Stock take fresh produce based on comprehensive filters allowing rapid stock takes of very specific produce, or stock takes in specific locations, or for specific finished products, produce historical stock takes, optional barcode stocktake functions
Inventory management using unique identifiers for each inventory item, including over 60 labels with bar code and human readable options, and the ability to design your own labels or ask your consultant to design them for you. Pallets, batches, quality tests, deliveries, and shipment also have unique identifiers to ensure maximum inventory traceability.
Manage raw and finished inventory that is on pallets, or not on pallets; at unlimited sites, cool rooms, and depots.
Set standard (current) sale prices for different types of inventory (produce, variety, feature, customer). Create price lists and authorize which customers are entitled to which fresh produce price list.
Manage expiring inventory
With the ultimate goal of zero inventory waste, farmsoft helps you track the age of inventory and ensures it is used, packed, or sold long before expiry of quality loss happens.
Full pallet inventory management
Full pallet management and control, manage and track pallet types, pallet labels and pallet stock take. Track the balance of your empty pallet inventory, pallets given to you by external suppliers, and pallets your company gives to customers to ensure a current inventory balance of pallets is always available (for each customer and supplier, and your own company).
Inventory delivery receipts
Print delivery receipts for suppliers/farms, or have them automatically emailed to the supplier during inventory delivery. Receive an alert if a deliery is made that doesnt match the original purchase order.
Assign inventory to purchase orders
During inventory delivery, simply scan the purchase order (or select it from a list, or enter the PO number) to assign inventory to the purchase order - giving you robust traceability directly back to the supplier from the instant the inventory is delivered.
Field to packhouse inventory scanning
As an alternative to using screen with big image buttons for deliveries, you can issue barcodes to the farm, or your suppliers, that can be rapidly scanned during delivery. This provides a high level of traceability and makes inventory deliveries very fast and accurate becuase manual user input is being avoided.
Inventory labels and identification
All inventory or pallets or bins or totes/bags have a label rapidly issued to identify the inventory during initial delivery.
Bar-code inventory management
Use your phone or tablet (ruggedized or regular) to scan inventory & pallets to:* move location
* sell / add to order / invoice
* add to a batch
* stock-take or perform quality control
* look up full details
* reprint pallet or inventory labels
* scan harvested units (bin/tote/crate etc) to collect harvest pay or contractor pay information (requires farming module)
Inventory management with or without bar-codes...
Select from lists of produce to move, sell, add to batch/manipulate fresh produce.
You don't have to use bar-codes to maintain easy and accurate fresh produce inventory management.
Receive First In First Out (FIFO) sales suggestions based on inventory age and current orders.
Achieving Proactive Inventory Traceability
Traceability for safety and quality control. Traceability systems help firms isolate the source and extent of safety or quality control problems. This helps reduce the production and distribution of unsafe or poor-quality products, which in turn reduces the potential for bad publicity, liability, and recalls. The better and more precise the tracing system, the faster a producer can identify and resolve food safety or quality problems. One surveyed milk processor uniquely codes each item to identify time of production, line of production, place of production, and sequence. With such specific information, the processor can trace faulty product to the minute of production and determine whether other products from the same batch are also defective.
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Three ways innovation will transform the fresh produce Inventory management for fresh produce reduces waste supply chain
The fresh produce supply chain was once pretty much invisible, but today’s consumers are eager to know the story of how and where their food is grown and packaged.
A recent report from Innovative Fresh and Pink Sky stated: “It is increasingly important to talk to customers about food production, food miles, ingredients, health, ethics and value. Innovation in supply chain management from field to fork will form an enormous part of the future of food production”.
Freshtalk Daily has taken a look at the many innovations surrounding the fresh produce supply chain and has selected three use cases that we feel will most impact the industry in the coming months.
1. Produce tracking through ‘Big Data’
The confusion surrounding the fresh produce supply chain under the cloud of Brexit has meant that the volatility of goods, in terms of logistics, has never been greater.
Keeping track of the freshness levels of perishables is vital, so innovations that use data (in the form of digital records) are set to make a huge impact upon fresh produce inventory.
Companies like IBM are investing heavily in product tracking innovation and ‘Cloud’ information storage for both importers and exporters to provide a freshness knowledge-base for the industry.
IMD Professor, Ralf Seifert, who specialises in digitalization trends in the supply chain explains that: “Having digital records for the entry and exit of products at each stage of the supply chain can help ensure a ‘first in, first out’ policy for fresh produce, which will decrease inventory age – and therefore reduce shrinkage due to spoilage."
“Digital supply chain solutions, therefore, provide enormous potential for accurate demand forecasting and better inventory management. “
Dr. John Ryan, a global food safety expert, agrees that digital-tracking is the way of the future, adding: “When food enters a transportation area, it basically becomes invisible. Nobody knows where it is. Nobody knows what conditions it’s being shipped under. The old adage rings true; you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”
2. Robotics in agriculture
The lack of seasonal workers has, over recent years, been a huge bone of contention for UK growers, so its no surprise that innovation in this arena is set to make a huge impact.
Fieldwork Robotics, a spin-out from the University of Plymouth, have recently made headlines with the successful trial of their raspberry picking robot, developed in partnership with Hall Hunter, one of Britain’s main berry growers, who supply Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.
The developers explain: “Guided by sensors and 3D cameras, the robot’s gripper picks a raspberry in 10 seconds or less and drops it in a tray where the fruit gets sorted by maturity, before being moved into punnets, ready to be transported to supermarkets."
“The final robot version, which we hope will go into production next year, will have four grippers, all picking simultaneously.”
3. Enabling a ‘Just in Time’ supply chain ethos
Modern AI technology, such as Machine Learning, can provide real-time visibility into supply and demand data and allow smaller retailers to purchase only what their customers want, in turn, minimising waste and maximising freshness.
One retailer who has adopted a ‘Just in Time’ approach to supply chain management is online grocery store, PicNic.
Their supply chain planner, Linda Rietveld, explains why the small US-based company is flourishing as a result of the decision: “A just-in-time supply chain is a simple concept: minimise the number of goods held in stock. Perishable goods (apples, avocados, etc) become part of a fluid supply chain and never sit for long periods in storage. This reduces the time between harvest and consumption, maximising freshness for all the products that our customers order."
Using the latest supply and demand data allows us to only purchase what customers want. That accuracy means that, unlike conventional supermarkets, we don’t keep an oversupply of goods, thus minimising waste across our supply chain.
Working alongside wholesalers, the 'Just in Time' approach is gaining traction within the smaller retail arena in the UK and has already been shown to make an impact upon food waste and shrinkage levels.
German wholesaler Ali Savi on emergency measures during the Inventory management for fresh produce reduces waste
"We are minimizing our inventory"
In the urban agglomeration of the Rhine-Ruhr area, the Corona-crisis has hit hard. With the highest number of fresh food markets and an early closure of the gastronomy sector there, the fresh food trade had been severely affected. "In the first weeks of the crisis, there was a considerable upswing in the specialist retail trade in the wake of the hamster purchases. Since March 21, sales have unfortunately fallen by a quarter, simply because everyone is then stocked up with food", says Ali Savi -owner of AS Obst & Gemüse- who runs a wholesale business in the immediate vicinity of the Duisburg Fresh Produce Centre.
About 70 percent of the entire catering trade in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has closed its doors in recent weeks. Savi: "We are still supplying a few restaurateurs who are continuing their business. Fortunately, we also serve many regional specialist retailers: We are seeing a slight increase in vegetable products in this area. Fruit, on the other hand, is traded comparatively less than normal."
The owner's nephew during a FreshPlaza visit in the autumn of 2017. Family business AS Obst & Gemüse was founded three years ago and serves a broadly diversified customer base. "Some of our smaller retail customers have already given up their business. Even at the nearby wholesale market, some are fighting for their livelihoods," says Mr Savi.
Rubber gloves and disinfectants
Due to the current situation, the wholesaler is looking forward to the new month of April with humility. "I am simply at a loss. Mankind has not yet experienced what is about to happen," he says. Specifically in the fresh produce sector, he says, one could only take a few precautions to keep business going as well as possible. Savi: "We work with rubber gloves, but disinfectants and protective masks are no longer available."
Right: Tomatoes are one of the long-runners at AS Obst & Gemüse Duisburg GmbH Instead of restaurateurs, more and more private customers are now buying from Duisburg's specialist wholesalers.
Restriction of product selection
Apart from that, the specialist wholesaler explains that even more attention is paid to freshness than before. "We try to keep our stocks to a minimum or, as a rule, we only have a partial pallet and a reserve pallet in stock. Securing the basic assortment is currently our top priority: we have now removed sensitive fruit exotics such as avocados, air-freighted mangoes and papayas from our range for the first time because they are simply too perishable and are traded in too small quantities. All in all, our volume turnover has dropped by a third."