Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.

99% less fresh produce packing waste

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management reduces waste through better FIFO stock rotation, stock-takes, and inventory alerts. RFID pallet control (optional) for precision inventory tracking. 

Save time packing fruit & vegetables

Increase the efficiency of fresh produce inventory using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry & errors, integrate with scales for automatic weighing, ore RFID for automatic fresh produce inventory tracking.

Better fresh produce quality control

Guarantee the quality of your fresh produce packing with flexible fresh QC testing systems from your phone or tablet. Customer feedback management, supplier quality control and more...

Reduce fresh produce packing errors & control production

Project required inventory (and shortages), schedule orders to be packed in batches , automatic alerts to prodution line managers.

100% accurate fresh produce order shipping

Shipping teams are guided through the dispatch process from picking using a phone or tablet (optional bar-code scanning), automatic picking, thru bill of lading, invoice, and automatic shipping notifications for customers, transport, and sales teams.

Reduce fresh produce packing administration costs by 40%

Automatic generation of fresh produce labels, bill of lading, invoice, picking documents and more; reduces administrative burden.

Easy audit & recall systems reduces compliance costs.

Faster fresh produce inventory storage  inventory

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management delivers reduced waste and increased employee productivity. Manage FIFO, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and keep a watchful eye on your inventory... Easy stock-take identifies shrinkage and helps reduce waste from ageing. 

100% accurate fresh produce traceability

Maintain strict fresh produce traceability and high food safety standards always. Perform recalls based on lot/batch, pack date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, delivery date, purchase order #, or perform a recall on your own user defined data. Perform instant recalls both up and down the supply chain. Makes audits easy and instant. COVID-19 food safety & auditing available. 

Reduce fresh produce waste by 99%

Inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Reduce administration time by 60%

Automatic paperwork, labels, and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Better fresh produce quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests. 

100% accurate orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.  Accurate fresh produce inventory management delivers increased fresh produce quality. Manage FIFO, aging inventory, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and always know exact balances of inventory.

Farmsoft fresh produce packing app is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce traceability, auditing, inventory control, and fresh produce business management app.

Quality inspection for fresh produce

Consistent and accurate quality control ensures higher customer satisfaction and adherence to industry, de-facto, and in-house quality control standards. Track supplier quality performance, customer feedback & complaints, create QC tests for any part of the fresh produce & food manufacturing process (incoming goods, raw materials, finished goods, expiry test, export/shipping tests), daily factory hygiene, machinery calibration, employee checklists... 

Fresh produce logistics

Manage orders, pack to order, picking and auto picking, dispatch & shipping process. Generate invoices, bill of lading, pick slips, export documentation and other sales documents... Dispatch teams are guided through the dispatch process ensuring every order is filled perfectly, and on time. Paperwork such as BOL, freight documents, export documents are automatically generated based on the customer and destination to guarantee no rejected shipments or issues at borders.

Fresh produce labels

Generate fresh produce SSCC pallet labels, GS1 case & PTI labels, bin labels, batch labels, traded unit labels, harvest labels and more. Use the built in industry standard labels for Walmart, Woolworths, Aldi, Tesco, Loblaws etc - or design your own with the built in label & report designer. Our team can design all of your fresh produce documents to ensure farmsoft matches your requirements perfectly.

Fresh produce packing control

Sales, Quality, Profit, Dispatch, Pack, Farm...... Dashboards for sales teams provide instant impressions of customer orders and current inventory levels. The dispatch dashboard helps plan shipments, order of loading, and transport companies & drivers... The Profit analysis dashboard shows margins per unit and most profitable customers. Use our API to access your data however you like.

Fresh produce batch packing

Project required raw materials needed to pack/manufacture orders, potential shortages, schedule multiple orders to be packed in batches on selected production lines with a few clicks, automatically send new job alerts to managers, schedule additional harvests, analyze outstanding orders. Manage entire packing and manufacturing process with ease.

Fresh produce alerts monitoring

Automatic alerts for shipments can be sent to customers, transport providers, or even team members. Every time a batch is finished processing, receive an alert with the pack-out breakdown and percentages of grades & quality and waste. Alerts can include simple shipment notifications, or even invoices and original order details. Other alerts include order changes/modifications, yield reports, new order alerts, and low inventory alerts... 

Farm app option

Implement the farmsoft Farm Management suite to provide a comprehensive integrated business management solution from seed to plate. Includes automatic task management, best practices, budgeting, farm inventory, PHI enforcement, audits, residue reporting, USDA reporting, dashboards, recalls and more... 

Fresh produce supplier quality control

Suppliers must know that your business is measuring and tracking their performance. Any trends that effect the quality of fresh produce can be quickly detected, automatically traced back to the fresh produce supplier (especially if a result of a customer complaint / feedback), management and purchasing teams are automatically alerted when a supplier quality issue happens. Quantify your suppliers quality using the Supplier Quality Dashboard. 

Fresh produce finance apps

Share data with your Xero finance app, Quickbooks, MYOB, SAGE, using our API, or request our team perform a custom integration for your fresh produce company. This is an optional module, please ask your consultant for additional details and discuss your specific requirements, additional costs will apply for integration with your chosen finance app. 

Fresh produce RFID

Automatic tracking of each pallet’s exact location. Makes loading orders accurate and easy, stops errors during shipping. Very low costs to setup your hardware using farmsoft’s innovative RFID for fresh produce solution. Pallets put onto truck are auto added to order, and checked for accuracy. Pick up a pallet and its RFID instantly selected. Add pallet/bin to production line and its auto added to batch for traceability.

Fresh produce API

Integrate with virtually any other app or software solution using the farmsoft API. It's open! Anyone can use it. Your in house I.T. team, or any external I.T. vendor you want to help you with integration. Add your own reports, extract special data, or even create new interfaces between farmsoft and any app such as accounting, payroll, B2B, B2C. Other integration in farmsoft includes the ability to integrate with selected weigh scales to capture fresh produce net delivery weights.

Fresh produce bloch-chain

Increase customer confidence and prove the credentials of your traceability integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the blockchain solution. (Optional module not included with standard Packing / Food Manufacturing ERP solution).

Improve fresh produce production planning

Efficient management customer orders, and the ability to analyze orders gives you new production planning tolls in farmsoft. Ensure each order is filled to exact specifications, on time, every time. Increase customer satisfaction and retention, and reduce stress in the packhouse with confident production planning using work orders/batch orders, sales contracts, sales orders, and sales order items. Are you manufactruing or processing chili products? Try farmsoft for chili processing. 

Accurate fresh produce traceability

Quality officers are guided through the quality control process, presented with images and instructions for each test, ensuring they know what to look for at all times, corrective actions are presented if a quality issue is detected. This makes training new fresh produce quality control officers fast, and ensures consistency in the quality control management processes for incoming fresh produce, post pack/post processing, storage, and dispatch. 

Efficient use of fresh produce cold stores

Maximize your cold store use and rotation of stock using farmsoft's pallet maps, and precision traceability tracking with expiring inventory reminders.
Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.

The farmsoft inventory control app provides business wide quality management inspection systems for fresh produce, food manufacturing, seed processing, meat packing & processing, and flower packing.

Perishable inventory management fruit vegetables
Perishable inventory management fresh produce packers and processors: manage perishable,  Implement a simple traceability solution, or comprehensive business wide perishable inventory solution – the choice is yours….Perishable inventory management software, Reduce perishable inventory waste with FIFO and strict inventory management & monitoring.  Perishable inventory demands attention. Specific inventory-tracking methods help with the job of managing and accounting for perishable inventory. Perishable refers to items that have an expiration date, such food that will go bad if not eaten in a certain amount of time. Single-period inventory control and first-in-first-out, or FIFO, inventory valuation are commonly used to deal with perishable goods.
Fresh produce supply chain management app
Fresh produce supply chain management app for fresh produce packers, processor, shippers, exporter.  Fresh produce supply chain management app: demand forecasting, pricing.  Why is the Distribution Supply Chain So Complex?  Many factors are contributing to increasing complexity in these forecasts, including outbound customer demand volatility, managing multiple suppliers with long lead times (especially overseas), constrained transportation capacity, and increasing inbound supply line volatility.    The availability of fresh foods is a key driver of in-store traffic in supermarkets and convenience stores. The most important attributes shoppers say when selecting their primary stores include high quality fruits and vegetables — 80%, high quality meat — 77%, and fresh food deli — 53%.
Fresh produce Consumer feedback
Consumer feedback for your fresh produce or manufactured food. Get fast and accurate consumer feedback directly from the end consumer with farmsoft's Consumer Feedback module.

  Around 10 million tonnes of food waste is generated post-farm gate every year in the UK and around 70% of this comes from households.

Fresh fruit and vegetables account for a third of all household food thrown away that could have been eaten (1.6 million tonnes; £3.8 billion).  Almost half of the fresh fruit and vegetables are discarded due to not being eaten in time. WRAP works with Governments, food businesses and a wide range of other partners to help to reduce this waste by enabling citizens to buy what they need and use what they buy. 

Fresh produce portal for customer orders & better service
Fresh produce portal for customer orders & better service: Give your customers access to farmsoft Fresh Produce Customer Portal so they can enter their fresh produce orders 24x7.  Connect to your customers orders faster to improve fresh produce production planning and batch scheduling.  A client portal is an electronic gateway to a collection of digital files, services, and information, accessible over the Internet through a web browser.  The term is most often applied to a sharing mechanism between an organization and its clients. The organization provides a secure entry point, typically via a website, that lets its clients log into an area where they can view, download, and upload private information.
Fresh produce inventory profit Analysis

Fresh produce Profit Analysis Dashboard: Understand which fresh produce lines really make profit for your business by analyzing delivery costs, packing, packaging, overheads, and sale prices.  Gain a deeper insight into the profitability of individual product lines in your fresh produce business... Use farmsoft to calculate all costs, from the entire farming process (requires you to use farmsoft Farm Management), direct raw material purchase costs, freight to individual customers, fixed overheads, packaging material, labor and more.

Why continue packing and selling a product line if its unprofitable?
With farmsoft's Profit Analysis Dashboard for fresh produce, you can quickly determine each product lines profitability.
The Profit Analysis Dashboard also takes into account transport costs that your fresh produce business pays; this gives you an easy to interpret insight into the true profitability of each fresh produce line by customer.  
Dashboards for fresh produce business intelligence. Make better management and sales decisions using business intelligence distilled from across the business in farmsoft dashboards.  Make better management and sales decisions using business intelligence distilled from across the business in farmsoft dashboards.   Business intelligence > Sales dashboard
This dashboard is an essential tool for marketing and sales teams to stay constantly informed of all orders, inventory on hand, and stock that isn't assigned to a customer. Production managers can use this dashboard to plan packing activities.

The dashboard summarizes fresh produce orders, and allows you to drill down to see individual orders. Total product on order, customer breakdown of each order, total inventory on hand to fill existing orders, balance of inventory that must be packed to fill current open orders, total inventory that is on hand but not on order. Analyze orders that were not filled to gauge customer satisfaction.

Production planning - fresh produce fruit & vegetable packing and processing
Fresh produce production planning for fruit, vegetables, coleslaw, leafy mixed products and more... Make better planning decisions, reduce waste, deliver exacting orders.  Fill each order with 100% accuracy, zero fresh produce waste, efficient packing, and value adding processes to maintain traceability and maximize efficiency.  Choose from a range of fresh produce production planning tools designed to make your operation run at maximum efficiency with least effort.  Easily compare required, available, and any shortage of fresh produce inventory during production planning. Plan daily packing, weekly, packing, or even months in advance for planting, ordering, harvesting. Guarantee all fresh produce products are available in the correct quantity at the correct time. Use the farmsoft fresh produce customer portal to access fresh produce orders faster and plan production better.
Multi Site Packing of fresh produce
Multi site packing of fresh produce from farmsoft allows you to manage unlimited pack-houses in unlimited locations. Process hundreds of lines at once, maintain traceability, consistent quality across all operations. Centralized management of orders controls each pack-houses duties and fresh produce dispatch.  Manage multiple sites and packhouses using the one platform, for no additional cost. Farmsoft is a multiple site, multi-packhouse/factory solution. This allows an unlimited number of facilities/packhouses (multiple site management) to operate farmsoft for their Packhouse, in an almost “independent” manner. Each site has Employee Site Permissions and independent inventory management. Download farmsoft multi site packing software specifications here.  Farmsoft’s multi site packing solution allows easy centralized management of fresh produce packing and processing. You can even perform value added processing of fresh produce using farmsoft. Farmsoft delivers a comprehensive solution that manages all inventory, quality control, traceability, paperwork, processing sorting grading washing and food manufacturing, sales, marketing, dispatch and invoicing.
Fresh produce import packing data fruit vegetables
Import pack data from fruit & vegetable grading machines from Compac InVision, fruit & vegetable sorters, and extractors during the packing process. Increase the accuracy of your inventory management.
Import data Compac InVision pack lines to increase traceability, and reduce the possibility of human error that can compromise traceability. Import pack-out data from your grading line rapidly.
Reduce the cost of double entry by importing Compac InVision 9000 pack line data, and easily capturing pack-out data without errors. Custom pack line data import options available to suit all packing machines.
Import packing machine data from fruit & vegetable packing lines
Fresh produce import packing data fruit vegetables
Fully integrated with the farmsoft post harvest management solution...  Import packing machine data from Compac InVision 9000CIR & other fruit & vegetable packing, sorting, and grading equipment.
RFID Fresh produce inventory pallet control
RFID Fresh produce inventory pallet control for Wholesale and packing fruit and vegetable, management software solution to improve packing efficiency, reduce waste in the fresh produce storage process, and increase fresh produce processing and sales, and dispatch efficiency.  Zero waste
Stock rotation and expiry can be eliminated through automatic alerts, automatic FIFO enforcement, staff are guided to the exact location of fresh produce that must be processed or sold first.

Zero effort
Simply pick up a pallet/bin/bag and move it. RFID by farmsoft automatically tracks fresh produce inventory movement, updates its location, and flashes an alert on your tablet. Select an order, load pallets onto truck..… RFID by farmsoft automatically adds the pallets to the
order / invoice. Tip a bin into a batch or add pallet to a batch, its auto added to the batch. If you have your own trucks, you can RFID tag them; when you load an order farmsoft RFID will know which truck you have loaded.

Zero errors
Ever put the wrong pallet onto a truck, only to discover the error and must unload? Ever sent the wrong pallet across the country only to have to pay for it to be returned? Never again! RFID by farmsoft will alert you the second you pick up a pallet that doesn’t match current order. Make fresh produce load outs faster, and 100% accurate.
Fresh Produce Temperature Control & Ripening
Fresh Produce Temperature Control and ripening enforcement by storing and handling fresh produce at the correct temperature in inventory, arrival, dispatch, packing, processing, sorting, quality control, and dispatch processes.  

Ensuring correct Fresh Produce Temperature Control handling and storage of fresh produce is an important factor in packing the highest quality produce, and ensuring the quality of produce is maintained according to the required quality control and management specifications. As part of the temperature control process, FarmSoft also provides multiple Quality Control features that allows the configuration and testing of quality control for any type of fresh produce, packed, raw, shipping containers, and daily hygiene packhouse tests.Fresh Produce Temperature Control features:  Specify the minimum and maximum temperature of each cool room, warehouse, storage location, chilling equipment, hydro-cooler:  Reference: coffee processing inventory traceability Less fresh produce waste more traceability Accurate inventory shipping, Hydropoinc farming Less fresh produce waste more traceability Accurate inventory shipping, Mushroom farming technology Less fresh produce waste more traceability Accurate inventory shipping, Cherry packing and cherry farming Less fresh produce waste more traceability Accurate inventory shipping.
Fresh produce point of sale POS for farms and packhouses that sell fruit, vegetable, and other fresh produce. Sell from a smartphone or tablet, issue invoices on the spot, keep accurate inventory in each truck, deliver accurate fresh produce orders.  FarmSoft allows sales of fresh produce using a mobile device, this allows “off the truck” sales to customers at the customers on-site. All information recorded is instantly inserted into your FarmSoft database. The “truck” becomes an independent inventory storage location, meaning full traceability and inventory control continues with accountability for every truck entering or leaving the packshed/factory property. Issue invoices on the spot, take down new orders directly into the fresh produce point of sale solution, and check in / check out inventory to each truck using the fresh produce point of sale system from FarmSoft. Talk to a consultant today to discuss your specific fresh produce point of sale requirements, we will tailor a solution to match your requirements. Download full fresh produce point of sale specifications now.  Make fresh produce order packing, order building, and delivery more efficient. Reduce paperwork. Increase quality and consistency, and reduce waste in the fresh packing process.

Fresh Produce Stock Control
Fresh produce stock control: Your opportunity for maximum traceability and efficiency starts when fresh produce is delivered. Apply fresh produce labeling and use bar code traceability.  FarmSoft provides extensive fresh produce stock control of incoming fresh produce & fruit/vegetables from the very moment it is delivered to the pack shed. Comprehensive Fresh Produce Stock Control is delivered via labeling, movement tracking, temperature control, quality control, documentation, and registration of incoming produce – all of which is essential in creating a strong traceability audit trail. FarmSoft provides comprehensive Fresh Produce Stock Control for fruit, vegetable, hop, grain, flower, and other fresh produce. Easily allocate traceability information for all inventory, allowing rapid recalls and traceability processes to meet the highest international food safety standards. Simple stock-take processes ensure continual accuracy of stock-take information across the entire farm. This minimizes shrinkage and waste, and ensures high levels of inventory accountability.
Fresh produce price list management
Fresh produce price list management, manage customer price list.  

Manage price lists for fruit and vegetable varieties. Simple, easy to implement. Prices insert by default onto orders and invoices.
Manage prices separately for each customer and fruit and vegetable type. Automatic entry of prices during sales order and invoicing processes.
Easily manage prices by trade unit, fruit/vegetable variety, feature (such as color, size, pack, grade etc...) and by customer.    Introduction video - Manage customer price lists for fresh produce fruit and vegetable export, import, wholesale and packing/processing.
Fresh produce dispatch software for fruit & vegetable wholesale, import / exporters
Fresh produce dispatch software for fruit & vegetable wholesale, import / exporters...

Sell fresh produce from your phone or tablet by simply scanning pallets and inventory onto an invoice, or alternatively select from a list of available inventory, or use your Mac/PC to select what will be sold to each customer.
Sell fresh produce based on customer orders (sales orders). Each time you scan or select inventory/pallets to add to an order, the balance of that order item is reduced to allow easy and accurate dispatch based on customer orders.
Automatic and manual invoices can be created during the fresh produce dispatch process. Team members with the correct permisions can set prices for inventory (or automatically inherit fresh produce prices from customer price lists).
Administration teams can use the Dispatch Monitor screen to see when orders are ready for dispatch.
When an order is ready for dispatch farmsoft will present customer specific documents (invoice, dispatch note, transport docked, BOL) for print / email.
Export dispatch and invoice data to your financial package to manage accounts receivable and avoid double entry of invoice items.  
Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Integration specially designed for fresh produce companies that pack, ship, import/export, and wholesale.  Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Integrate with scales from your chosen vendor of weighing equipment. Weigh entire trucks, trailers, or pallets. Using farmsoft, the tare of truck, trailer, containers, and pallets can be deducted from the gross delivery weight.

Integrate with scales & weighing equipment for fresh produce
Fresh produce inventory - Orders - Quality - Packing - Sales - Shipping - Recall - Audit - Food safety - optional Xero integration
Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Integrate with scales & weighing equipment fresh produce
Less waste
Increased accuracy of deliveries, faster weighing of fresh produce, no paperwork!
Scales integration for fresh produce packer & wholesaler
Improve your delivery processes by allowing farmsoft to automatically grab the weight of a delivery and deduct tare and container and packaging weights to get the true and accurate net weight. Print labels and store your fresh produce rapidly.
Sage integration fresh produce
Sage integration for packers, wholesalers, & export/importer of fresh produce.  Sage integration allows farmsoft to automatically insert invoices (accounts payable) into your Sage accounting solution. Invoices are generated in farmsoft when dispatch teams add pallets to an order (or invoice) or make a sale.  Software and CRM solutions are not always top of mind for growers and retailers of fresh produce, but making sure that the right systems are in place can lead to year-on-year revenue increases of as much as 35% in key areas, which is particularly significant for mid-market companies, according to Sage Business Solutions’ Strategic Sales Manager Gareth Moore. “Identifying key product requirements for customers, quoting rapidly and providing accurate lead times are all factors which contribute to revenue growth,” he says.  At this year’s show, Sage will be discussing its line of products including apples, pears and cherries and notably will be able to share that its apple volume will be up this year. “The state of Washington will be up as well,” says Sinks. “We’ve grown our volume through increased tonnage within our own orchards and then it’s just going to be a record crop to boot. It was good growing conditions—some of the apples like the Royal Galas will be running smaller while other varieties will be running closer to the norm.”

Xero fresh produce software for packers, wholesalers, & export/importer of fresh produce.  Xero fresh produce fruit & vegetable packing, import, export, and processor business management.
Xero fresh produce software
Xero fresh produce software
Xero integration allows farmsoft to automatically convert PO's from farmsoft into Xero Invoices for AP (accounts payable); essentially this is converting deliveries of fresh produce into AP records for management by Xero. Xero > farmsoft integration is an optoinal additional item when purchasing farmsoft, please request pricing details. Addtional integration with Xero can be added on request.

Xero integration for fresh produce packers and shippers, full inventory and traceability management with Xero's powerful accounting.
Using farmsoft and Xero, you can take advantage of all the special fresh produce functionality such as traceability, recall & audit, quality control, shipment planning, fresh produce label printing (with built in industry standards for Walmart, Woolworths, Loblaw, Tesco and more..), inventory management while keeping your accounts accurate using Xero accounting solutions.
Xero & farmsoft will manage your sales orders (customer purchase orders) and you can even manage price lists in farmsoft by setting prices for any part and its associated produce & variety, and features, and even individual pricelists for different suppliers and customers. When orders are created in farmsoft, the price list is used to default current prices.    
Fresh produce API integration

Fresh produce API integration Integrate or extract raw data from your farmsoft system using the farmsoft API. Fresh produce API integration.  Use the farmsoft API to connect your financial solution, payroll, integrate with temperature & moisture sensors, create your own interfaces, link with your transport company, scales and weighing equipment, RFID, and video & camera systems.  
Using the farmsoft API you can connect all parts of your fresh produce enterprise in a seamless centralized manner. Perform the integration using your own I.T. department, outsource to your preferred vendor, or simply ask our development team to do it for you.

GET STARTED - Go to Settings > Technical > and select "API configuration" from the more options drop down (top right).

CREATE YOUR API KEY - Select Create API key, and copy your key. Note this is a secret key for your company only.
TEST YOUR API CONNECTION - Select Test API, if you don't get any data back, that is because you have no Task/s in your database.
START USING YOUR API CONNECTION - use your chosen API enabled interface to make calls to [please refer to this document]
Fresh produce inventory reports
Design your own fresh produce reports, labels, invoice, bill of lading - or copy existing templates and edit them as you like.  GET STARTED -Go to Settings > My Reports (you need Administrator privileges on Employee screen to access My Reports screen)

CREATE YOUR NEW REPORT/LABEL/DOCUMENT -Select "Copy" to copy an existing report, or the (+) icon for a blank report

NAME YOUR REPORT - Give your report a name, this will appear when users need to print it. Select a Category (eg: Invoice, delivery, inventory label etc) and the width and height of the report in CM, barcode width can be from 1 - 10. If you enable "Requires finance admin" then users without Finance Admin permissions will not be able to see or print this report.

DESIGN A SIMPLE REPORT - If your report is simple you can create it in the on screen text box. Select a field to insert which will place a tag into the text box. These tags are obviously replaced with the corresponding data when the report runs. Select "Preview" to view the report using your own data (you are expected to enter an ID (eg: an Inventory number or Invoice number), try 1 if you don't have much data - if you have NO data then you cant preview using your own data).

Labels and documents for fresh produce
Labeling fresh produce. Fresh produce documentation. Industry standards for labels and fresh produce documentation for domestic and export, maximum traceability and inventory accuracy.   Fresh produce label printing & design. Build your own, choose from templates, or ask your consultant to design your fresh produce labels and documents.

Print Produce Traceability Initiative / PTI style labels for fresh produce pallets (PTI Hybrid Pallet Label with GTIN and SSCC via GS1 128 barcodes) and other fresh produce labeling formats from around the world.
Generate standard FarmSoft fresh produce pallet labels with SSCC and human readable details.
Generate standard FarmSoft inventory labels for identifying fresh produce that will be processed further before sale.
Includes labels accepted by Walmart, Tesco’s, Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Pick’n’Save, and many more chains.
Use virtually any printer type or model, including mobile label printers or inexpensive thermal or laser printing options to generate fresh produce labeling.   Label fresh produce traded units (trade units), and even consumer units such as punnet, tray, tote, bags, cartons, and crates. All bar-codes can be scanned using the app to move/sell/manipulate inventory.
Use built in industry standard fresh produce labels for Walmart, Tesco, Aldi, Woolworths, Loblaw, Pick'n'Save, Coles and more.
Full support for fresh produce inventory bar-codes such as GS1-128 (versions with Batch and Pack date options), T9, SSCC18 shipping bar-codes, and more...
Inventory management for fresh produce reduces waste
Accurate fresh produce inventory management delivers increased fresh produce quality. Manage FIFO, aging inventory, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and always know exact balances of inventory.  Next generation fresh produce inventory management with optional RFID pallet control
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...  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...
Traceability & recalls for fresh produce

Traceability & recalls for fresh produce. Guarantee easy fresh produce recalls and audits with state of the art traceability from farmsoft.  Recall instantly using any recall key
such as: inventory #, order #, pallet #, invoice #, supplier name, Crop / Crop Batch name, supplier traceability data, delivery date and more…

Best practice standards for packing
and processing fresh produce such as BRC, GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP (and many more) are supported by the system, making audits less expensive, and compliance easier and less expensive
Recall both up and down the supply chain
for as many steps as recorded data allows. FarmSoft allows multiple levels of traceability, not just one up one down
Traceability can start at the point of purchase order
creation for inventory, or can start at the point delivery of produce from a supplier (if there is no PO), or all the way back on the farm – before planting has taken place (if you are using FarmSoft Farm Management), providing the packhouse with a choice of which traceability model to implement, and greatly reducing paperwork and data entry
Capture and archive
(for rapid recall) all traceability records related to use of materials, employees, equipment – suitable for use with multiple standards.
You can perform a recall or mock recall using traceability data that is of unlimited age. The speed, accuracy, and detail of farmsoft recalls always impress auditors.

Sales & wholesale of fresh produce, fruit & vegetables. Orders, invoice, picking, and shipping of fresh produce. Every order filled accurately, easily, and on time.  Sales & wholesale: Invoice, order, shipping containers, dispatch, and documentation for fruit & vegetable packer / import / export

Choose from a selection of built in invoice templates, or modify to suit your needs. Invoices can be exported to avoid double entry.
Manage fresh produce orders from customers, orders are used during the order picking process to ensure accurate order fulfillment.
Manage shipping containers, digital and analog thermometers, and customize other shipping container information as required. Assign shipping containers to order and invoices in advance.
Use built in industry standard Bill Of Lading, Invoice, and other dispatch documentation, modify them, or design your own with the Document Designer tool.
Check each pallet from a list (or scan), to ensure exact order fulfillment.
Manage multiple price lists by customer x part x variety and feature. Automatic prices on new orders.  
Fresh produce wholesale import / export
From customer orders, to customer price lists, generating invoices, documentation for export, organic certificates, shipping processes, and shipping container management - farmsoft has you covered for fresh produce packing, processing, wholesale, import and export.
sales wholesale fresh produce fruitbill of lading BOL fresh produce wholesale sales
Sales system fresh produce
Bill of lading for fresh produce
Fresh produce documentation such as pick lists, bill of lading, dispatch dockets, and transport notes have never been easier and are automatically presented when orders are ready to ship. You can specify which documents are preferred by which customer to ensure each customer receives the correct documentation.
When each order is shipped, automatically email the bill of lading to your choice of customer, transport provider, or internal team members.

Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.
Producer Inventory Management for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sales to Retail Outlets
Next generation fresh produce inventory management with optional RFID pallet control
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.

Manage & monitor inventory
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.

Movement history
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.

Inventory mobility
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.

Multi-site inventory
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.

Inventory stock-take
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

Manage inventory using unique identifiers
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 fresh produce inventory
Manage raw and finished inventory that is on pallets, or not on pallets; at unlimited sites, cool rooms, and depots.

Inventory pricing
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.

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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)

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Inventory management for fresh produce

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.

In 2016, UM Dining unveiled South Avenue Garden, which is approximately three times larger than Lommassen Garden. At the time of this story's publishing, construction is about to commence on a roughly 500-square-foot greenhouse near the South Avenue Garden. Scheduled to open by fall 2017, the greenhouse will utilize ground-to-air heat transfer, which Lowell says will presumably extend the growing season by four or five months. One of the challenges, especially at schools, is that your harvest seasons don't line up with the busiest times for your operations,” Lowell says. So, we're always looking for ways — ‘Can we value-add some of our garden produce? Can we pickle it or store it or can it?' We worked with the State Department of Ag here in Montana on this grant project, and they gave us some grant money to build this greenhouse.”

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.

Fruits: berries (other), berries (strawberries), melons
Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes
Farm Business Management: cooperatives
Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, new business opportunities
Proposal abstract:
Project Summary Expanding markets for local fruits and vegetables can be challenging. Farmers need an efficient system to market fresh local fruits and vegetables through existing retail markets while maintaining a high percentage of the retail dollar. This project proposes to set up a system based on producer inventory management similar to that which is done with bakery items. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be delivered on a daily basis and placed in the sales area. Non-fresh items will be removed from the display and the business will be given a credit for these items. This method will return a greater portion of the retail dollar to the farmers as the grocery store does not have to deal with waste and reducing the prices for older, inferior produce. The community will benefit from a greater number of retail establishments offering local fresh fruits and vegetables. Consumers will be educated as to what produce in the store is produced locally, and why purchasing these products is important through point of sale advertizing.

Million of tons of vegetables and fruits are harvested and then distributed throughout Europe every year. However, fruits and vegetables can be regarded as highly perishable foods and are especially susceptible to changing climatic conditions (temperature, humidity) after harvest. The long distribution pathways in combination with insufficient technologies for appropriate transport and storage lead to a high amount of food wasted as well as to products with inferior quality arriving at the consumer. Close to 50% of all fruits and vegetables get wasted in the EU, about a third of which can be attributed to the step between harvest and consumption. Food waste is currently a priority topic in the EU with a reduction target of 50% by 2020.
A novel, innovative humidification/disinfection technology which has been developed based on several successful European research activities can contribute substantially to this target while simultaneously enhancing the shelf life and the hygienic properties of fruit and vegetables. By means of ultrasonic humidification as well as natural sanitizers for disinfection a cool, humid, and germ-free climate will be established preserving quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables (e.g. reduced weight/moisture loss, structural changes, decay, etc.) along the entire post-harvest supply chain. In five real-scale case studies (directly after harvesting - washing step, in transportation, storage, and retail facilities) the market potential of this technology will be demonstrated. Therefore, an unbroken cold as well as humidity chain will be achieved from farm to fork, substantially reducing waste along each step. Thorough analysis of the achieved results in terms of ecologic, technological and economic benefits as well as in-depths market research will provide the basis for an extensive training, promotion, and dissemination program aimed at multipliers and potential clients, thus achieving a successful market introduction.
Project objectives from proposal:
The goal for the first year will be:
-10 farmers to market fresh fruits and vegetables to two retail outlets
-Farmers to increase fruit and vegetable sales by 25%

At the end of the season farmers will be asked to complete a survey which will gather information about their sales, satisfaction with the program, and suggestions for improvements. The retail businesses owners/managers will also be surveyed to determine their satisfaction with the producer inventory management process and local product point of sale advertizing. At least three times during the summer at each of the retail location, customers will be asked to complete a survey to determine the benefit of having local produce at established retail businesses. These surveys will be reviewed by the producer group for improvements to the business plan for year two.

During year two of this project, the goal will be to increase the number of farmers involved to 15 and the retail businesses to four. The goal will also be to increase sales by 25% over the previous year.

Quality to prevent food loss and waste
UNECE’s quality standards for the safe and transparent trade of food and agricultural produce ensure that the consumers in rural and urban areas receive a constant supply of high-quality, healthy and nutritious food. Maintaining the quality of food traded from the farm to the shop through international best practice reduces losses, enhances the economic value of food trade, opens income opportunities and alleviates health risks for the more vulnerable city dwellers. The trade in and availability of good quality food is a prerequisite for sustaining the growing population and facing the climate and environmental challenges. In addition, creating sustainable employment in rural areas for woman and youth through the redistribution of food otherwise lost or wasted helps address the rural-to-city migration problem.
UNECE has addressed the food loss challenge since 2013 – including in view of enhancing the circular economy in its member states. Through the constant review of its quality standards for agricultural produce traded internationally and nationally, we ensure that the quality of the produce used and traded is maintained along the entire supply chain. Food loss is therefore prevented and reduced. We also focus on the food lost in the trade process before it reaches the consumer and even retail. These often-neglected hotspots for food loss are at heart of the work of our expert groups.
Our innovative solutions provide tools and holistic, impactful solutions for governments and the private sector and enhance the circular economy. Their core aim is to prevent, reduce and keep as much food as possible in the human consumption chain; repurposing and redistributing to feed all, create income possibilities and employment opportunities and support climate change action.
Food Loss and Waste - The case of Seed Potato certification and the UNECE Seed Potato Certification Standard
Improved use of fruit and vegetables – Trade standards and a UNECE code of good practice
Food Loss Causes and Concerns and the Interplay with Quality Standards (UNECE)
Cosmetic specifications in the food waste issue: Supply chain considerations and practices concerning suboptimal food products
The economic and food security dimension
The overall economic result of food loss and waste is immense and even larger for the vulnerable populations as food becomes less available or prices are affected leading to food insecurity. Financial resources are used to produce huge quantities of food that are never consumed and would be enough to feed the population. Therefore, there is a strong business and food security case for addressing the food loss/waste challenge.
Taking stock of the food loss scenario - 2018
Agro-trade, economic productivity and value additions – the case of food loss
Inclusive and coordinated approaches for sustainable food value chains
The Case of French Beans and Avocadoes Lost in Kenya
Quantifying for the Prevention of food losses in Flanders- Belgium
Quality food, safe food for increased food security and market access
Global State of the Food Waste or Food Losses
The climate dimension
Climate change and food loss/waste are closely related. According to the latest estimates, 8% of the greenhouse gas emissions are caused by food that is lost and wasted. Food loss and waste impacts water and land resources and biodiversity.

Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.
This concept paper summarizes key “hotspots” for waste generation along the food supply chain and identifies a range of existing solutions/measures that can help producers, retailers and consumers reduce the amount of food that is wasted. The majority of food waste of 71–92 kg/head/year in Western Europe was found to originate from private households (61%), followed by restaurants and canteens (17%) and then supermarkets (5%); 59%–65% (of this food waste (71–92 kg) can be avoided and 54% thereof are fruit and vegetables. Since ethylene accelerates fruit ripening and its accumulation can lead to fruit decay and waste and new portable instruments now enable continuous in-situ determination of ethylene along the food chain, there is a possible key to reducing food waste of perishable, fresh produce. Hence, suggested countermeasures at the field level are use of ethylene inhibitors (AVG as “Retain” or MCP as “Harvista”), the former prevents pre-mature fruit drop in pome fruit, incentives for processing fruit of industrial grade and whole crop purchase (“WCP”). Along the supply chain, applications of ethylene inhibitors (e.g., 1-MCP as “SmartFresh”) absorber strips (e.g., “It’s Fresh”, Sensitech), bags (e.g., “Peakfresh”) as well as simply cooling and venting, and shading to avoid sun exposure. Countermeasures also include superstores no longer promoting multi-packs, e.g., “two strawberry punnets for the price of one”, abandon the “Display until” or “Sell by” date, conservative consumer shopping behavior, and sale of class II produce (“Wunderlinge” in Billa or “Kleine Äpfel” in REWE, “Ünique” in Coop), collection (rather than wasting) of perishable food by volunteers (“Die Tafel”), or “Food Sharing” of private household left-over perishable on social media, or any combination of the above to aid reducing fresh produce waste. View Full-Text

On the surface, fresh food inventory management might seem simple—you need to know what you have and what you’re running low on so that you can replenish stock as necessary. But when you take into account the challenges that fresh produce businesses like yours face, including varying product freshness ranges, traceability demands and sustainability initiatives, the matter becomes a whole lot more complicated.

Add it all up, and it’s more than an individual staff member, or even a team, can handle on their own. Keeping tabs on the supply levels of one or more large production facilities is a job best left to technologies dedicated to the purpose, like the fresh food inventory management features of specialized enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

Here, we’ll go into greater depth on three reasons why inventory management is so crucial to fresh produce companies, as well as three tools of advanced ERP systems that, being built on industry best practices, can improve your approach and drive better results.

Why Is Inventory Management So Important for Fresh Produce Businesses?
At its heart, inventory management is about having full visibility into reliably accurate stock level figures. In practice, though, it’s about much more than mere numbers—your efforts in this area also have the potential to make a positive impact on several other aspects of your organization.

1. Traceability and Food Safety
Both regulatory bodies and consumers alike are demanding total traceability from food and beverage businesses. It’s vital that you have bi-directional visibility from one end of your supply chain to the other, and a critical portion of that journey occurs within your own facilities as materials are moved into inventory and then picked for processing and packaging.

Capturing and updating relevant product data at every tracking point is necessary to keep your records complete, so it’s to your advantage to automate the process of collecting and logging with the functionalities of a fresh-specific ERP solution. Keep in mind that even the smallest, most granular details could be relevant down the line—in the case of fresh produce, country of origin and variety can be especially pertinent—so ensure that the interface can accommodate as many fields and labels as the situation calls for.

This also plays a big role in food safety, as you’ll need to be able to dig down to the lot level or further in order to find the source of a contamination and identify what goods might have been affected. With the right ERP and inventory management features at your fingertips, you can feel confident and act quickly in the case of an audit or recall.

2. Minimizing Waste and Becoming More Sustainable
The perishable nature of fresh produce makes recording the freshness ranges of your products and utilizing them accordingly of utmost importance. After all, if you don’t move time-sensitive goods to market fast enough, you waste not only the items themselves but also the money, time and energy you invested in harvesting or purchasing them from suppliers and storing them on-site.

The inventory management capabilities of ERP built for the fresh produce industry were designed with this reality in mind, and maintain all important dates in the system while also helping implement a first-expiry, first-out (FEFO) picking method. That way, whatever is closest to the end of its window of viability is prioritized first to make sure it does not spoil before it can be sold and enjoyed.

Cutting down on the losses you incur as a result of your produce going bad can have a big impact on both your profit margins and brand reputation for sustainability. In this way, you can accomplish two objectives at once by making better use of what you have and becoming a leaner operation with the right platform in place.

3. Customer Satisfaction
Fresh foods continue to be one of the most in-demand categories for individual customers and retailers alike. According to FMI, 80% of grocery shoppers say that high-quality fruits and vegetables are among the most important attributes when it comes to choosing what store to visit.

With the market healthy, you need to be able to capitalize on the opportunity, and that means delivering the right products in optimal quantities to your clients. The fresh food inventory management features of a purpose-built ERP solution can help you avoid stock-outs at inopportune times by making your figures highly visible. The system also syncs up with your sales outlets so that replenishment orders are always received and processed in a timely fashion, and that specific customer requirements on quality are fulfilled.

You want to be known by the stores and restaurants that sell your products, as well as the end consumers, as a company that delivers delicious fresh food reliably. Therefore, it pays to have a robust, dependable technological foundation to make sure you’re in the position to satisfy those expectations with supply perfectly aligned with demand.

What Inventory Management Tools of ERP Platforms Drive Improvement?
Within the inventory management modules of sophisticated industry-specific ERP systems like Aptean Food & Beverage ERP, purpose-built functionality can greatly simplify your operations and streamline your processes. These three tools will allow you to consistently have the fresh produce products that you need, when you need them.

1. Advanced Demand Forecasting
Through the analysis of past sales data, market trends and seasonality information, fresh produce ERP solutions can forecast demand for certain fresh food products months in advance so that your sourcing is appropriate to the situation. You’ll then be able to leverage these estimations to make sure you grow or purchase the right amounts to channel to your outlets.

When you have a good idea ahead of time about how much of a certain crop will be necessary, you won’t be caught in the awkward spot of having undershot your needs or not having enough options for suppliers, nor will you end up with excess unsellable goods that go to waste. Striking that perfect balance is much easier with the right technology on your side.

2. Automatic Replenishment
While you no doubt have professionals who are at least in part responsible for keeping tabs on what stocks need to be replenished, it’s important to have a backup in place should something slip through the cracks. Through the inventory management interface, ERP solutions built for fresh produce businesses like yours allow you to set the threshold at which you would like automatic reorders issued, heading off potential shortages that could occur at critical periods.

You’ll also have complete control over which supplier receives the request and just how much additional supply will be delivered, and all necessary records will be created in the system, just like a manually issued purchase order. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you’ll always have enough of your various materials to carry on with operations without interruption.

3. Integrations with Connected Devices
As mentioned above, a large part of fresh food inventory management is the collection and maintenance of data, but it’s best to automate and streamline that process as much as possible—for both efficiency and accuracy. Jotting notes down by hand and entering them in a terminal later is error-prone and time-consuming, so fresh produce ERP systems take the matter off the plate of your employees by connecting directly with the devices that are analyzing the characteristics and reading the labels of your goods.

For measurements, ERP platforms can integrate with smart sensors and scales to automatically pipe readings of temperature, ripeness and more into your database in real time. And for barcodes, QR codes and other kinds of data-rich labels, the solution can sync with handheld and fixed scanners to immediately create and update records for an airtight approach.

Achieving Excellence in Inventory Management with an ERP System
Whether your fresh produce business has many lines or few, a supply chain that’s sprawling or simple, good inventory management will play a considerable role in your success down the road. We’ve looked at a few of the reasons ERP solutions are the technology to turn to for superior performance on this front, but consider also just how transformational the implementation of a truly cross-functional platform could be for your organization.

You’ll have all of your departments connected and integrated, from finance and sales to the folks on the warehouse floor. You can operate on all cylinders and plan well into the future knowing that you’ll always have sufficient stock to meet market demand but also won’t be held back by waste that hurts your bottom line.

At Aptean, we have in-depth fresh food industry knowledge through decades of work with a variety of clients in the sector. There are unique challenges to confront when it comes to consistently providing excellent fresh produce offerings, so we’ve built tools expressly for those purposes to improve the processes—and profitability—of our customers.

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How to Facilitate Fresh Food Inventory Management with Advanced ERP Solutions
By David Thompson Oct 21, 2021 07:22 PM EDT
How to Facilitate Fresh Food Inventory Management with Advanced ERP Solutions

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Fresh food inventory management appears to be simple from a distance. After all, you just need to restock your products when you are running low. However, fresh food poses various challenges like varying freshness ranges, traceability demands and sustainability initiatives. These challenges make the matter more complicated. These challenges along with a dynamic and uncertain market become too much for an individual staff to handle.

The job of maintaining and keeping tabs on all levels in the supply chain is left to a specialized produce ERP software, created to ease your fresh food inventory management

Here we will delve into three reasons why effective inventory management is critical for fresh food and three advanced ERP tools that can improve your approach to better manage the fresh produce, to achieve better results.

Importance of Inventory Management for Fresh Produce:

At its core, inventory management is about having reliably accurate stock level figures and restocking as the need arises. However, in actual practice, it is more than mere numbers. Efforts on inventory management have a positive impact on other aspects of the organization as well.

Effective inventory management is important for the following reasons:

● Food Traceability and Safety

Regulatory bodies such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as well as the consumers are demanding total traceability of foods and beverages. Therefore, you need to maintain a visible supply chain that shows the journey of your product from start to end.

Updating vital product data at every point of the supply chain is important to keep your records complete. Automating this process with the help of an ERP tool would ensure capturing of every detail along the supply chains.

Traceability also plays a role in promoting food safety. You can trace the journey of the food to ensure that it is safe from any contamination. In case of any discrepancy, traceability gives you the relevant knowledge to act quickly to resolve the problems.

● Minimizing Waste

Fresh food is perishable. By managing fresh food inventory efficiently, you will get your produce to the market before they can go bad. Doing this will save you money and your efforts won't go to waste. Cutting down on losses from bad produce will increase the profit margins and the reputability of the company.

How ERP Platforms Improve Businesses?

The inventory management modules of advanced ERP software can greatly simplify and streamline your operations. The following tools allow you to always ensure the top quality of your fresh products:

● Advanced Demand Forecasting

By analyzing the past sales data, seasonal information and general market trends, ERP software can predict the demand for certain fresh food products. This will allow your business to take the necessary measures to meet the demands of the market.

● Automatic Replenishment

With advanced software, you can input a threshold at which you want automatic reorders issued. So, when your stock gets below the threshold level, the software would know to issue a reorder with a suitable supplier.

● Integrating Devices

For accuracy and efficiency, automating and streamlining the process of data collection and maintenance is integral. An automated process cuts down on the time taken as well as the costs incurred on the process.   Real time packaging inventory analysis
We can meet your needs and the demands of your packaging operations. We handle all inventory of all packaging types for fresh produce. From waxed boxes, clamshells, trays, to accessories.

Our operations team is available to evaluate your current staffing and equipment and make recommendations for improved efficiencies and throughput.

We provide the freshest produce ⎯ right when you need it.

When your inventory for high-demand products runs short, you can count on our supply chain management expertise and our relationships with supply partners to fill the gap.

With just-in-time delivery, your orders are fulfilled and delivered within 24-hours of the time you place the order.

We deliver fresh, quality produce immediately and at the best available prices.

An immediately available inventory of fresh produce
Expertise in inventory management
A 100,000 SF totally climate-controlled warehouse to assure freshness
Just-in-time delivery
We deliver your produce orders in our fleet of climate-controlled, refrigerated trucks – assuring you the freshest, highest quality product.

We make daily runs to Pittsburgh neighborhoods throughout the tri-state region (PA, OH, WV) and as far as Maryland, New York and Virginia. In every run, the cold chain is maintained right to your door, so your products are fresh and long lasting.

Phone orders are immediately assigned to a team member to hand select your order and prepare it for loading. Dispatchers review the orders and assign them to trucks that will get the produce there in the most direct manner. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver when others can't!
Whether your business has a few supply lines or a network of complex supply chains, a good inventory management system will play a significant role in the success of your business.

Inventory management app for fresh produce reduces waste: Manage fruit vegetable inventory storage, stock-take, fresh produce inventory reporting; all from the farmsoft Fresh Produce App.
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