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Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste

Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste

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Inventory traceability software

The purpose of the Fruit & Vegetables implementation guidance is to provide best practice guidelines for industry-wide adoption for New Item Listing and update of existing assortment. This guide provides support to companies seeking to electronically exchange fruit & vegetable product information in accordance with GS1 Standards. The guidance applies to the full range of fruit & vegetable trade items. The guide outlines which attributes should be used for fruit & vegetable items and recommends best practices for the use of these standards to exchange static fruit & vegetable data between suppliers and retailers. Today, different platforms as well as different means to item identification exist when it comes to data sharing.  Traceability case study for Paramount Citrus, Traceability case study for Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, SunFed visibility of produce throughout supply chain with case and item level traceability.  JemD Farms, greenhouse grower with GS1 Standards and the Produce Traceability Initiative.  


The use of GS1 Standards, specifically for Identification, Master Data Alignment, Traceability, Track and Trace, Barcode labels and EDI transactions, provides a common platform to help supply chain partners share and understand the same information about products and locations and fresh produce inventory management. Attributes are used as a means to describing specific information about an item when transacting business. They reflect a certain characteristic about the item such as identifiers, weights, dimensions, and manufacturer or supplier information. The guide outlines Industry Core Specific, Industry Commodity Required and Target Market attributes to be used by the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables industry. This guide is platform neutral and can be used with or without third party service providers. Adoption of the guidance offered in this document is voluntary and will be determined by the trading partner relationship. The data model proposed is independent of any means used to exchange this information, the usage of the GDSN Network to exchange this data brings additional benefits to the industry. The guideline also provides the link between the data attribute and how to use it in the GDSN Network.

Inventory traceability software
Inventory traceability software


Using the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is the key to a successful business. As a supplier of fruits and vegetables you need the GTIN to uniquely identify your product. The GTIN is the key to modern electronic business processes. Single components of the GS1 System fit to each other as tools in a tool box. They can be variously combined. Producers and suppliers are able to optimize their business processes step-by-step using this GS1 tool box. The GTIN is linked to Attributes which provide specific details of the product. Synchronising complete and accurate data attributes at the beginning of the New Item Listing process will save time and money in the long run. From there, everything else falls into place such as transmitting orders, dispatch advice/ASNs (Advance Shipping Notice) and electronic invoices. Mistakes can be avoided and communication to customers accelerated. All partners in the supply chain gain benefits. There are hundreds of attributes to describe a product but this guide points out attributes necessary for identifying fruit & vegetable products. We have broken these attributes into 3 sections:


■ Industry Core Attributes – these attributes apply to all Fruit & Vegetable commodities
■ Industry Commodity Required Attributes – attributes specific to a certain products
■ Attributes not used in all Markets – attributes which apply to certain local / regional requirement or regulations only (e.g. Target Market attributes)

Track real time inventory

SIMBA barcode system supports potato growers

Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington leader in Real-time Traceability Systems for the produce industry announces a barcode-based system for potato processors.


When fully utilized, potato grower/packer/shippers will find that the SIMBA system provides up to the minute accurate inventory, both unprocessed bins and product that is packed and ready to be picked for shipment. The software prints both case and pallet labels, either in batch mode or on demand. SIMBA delivers detailed traceability information with the push of a button, and its logistics module records shipping in detail and prints bills of lading and manifests.


Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste
Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste


The SIMBA System uses the latest touchscreen technology to quickly record product details and to print product labels from the field or on the pack line, capturing product data such as “Russet, 5lb, Poly Bag”. The touch screen is located on the plant floor and is very easy to use, requiring minimal training. The system can be connected to digital scales or printer/applicators, which save time and increase productivity in packing.


This label information is stored in the SIMBA Office inventory, which provides data for inventory management, traceability and shipping as well as allowing for queries and printing reports.




Advanced Logistics

At the time of shipping, the Van Loading feature of SIMBA tracks each carton or pallet onto a specific van. A Bill of Lading is then produced automatically. This feature not only saves time in the shipping process, it eliminates disputes with the customer regarding what was actually shipped.


Positive Results

Key results from implementing the SIMBA Traceability & Labeling Software include real-time production reporting, fulfillment of traceability requirements, more accurate inventory, a professional-looking carton and pallet labels, and verified shipping. The SIMBA Potato System is simple to use and will improve productivity, reduce errors and provide faster processing says Bill Allen, Process Improvement Consultant.


See more Traceability and labeling Software for produce http://dynamic-systemsinc.com/software/produce/


Handle, label and track fresh produce faster

Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington leader in Real-time Traceability Systems announces an upgraded interface for the SIMBA line of Barcode Tracking & Labeling Solutions. This upgrade gives the processor/packer the ability to handle, label and track their products faster and more accurately from any location “field to customer”. The label applicators provide hands-free, automated, fast labeling of individual cases for PTI and other customer requirements.


With SIMBA, the users will find they have greater control of their company – including the ability to monitor the pack lines in real-time, to know what is in inventory and to record shipments. The SIMBA (Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy) System solves the problem of how to produce and track complete product labeling for fresh food on the fly.


The SIMBA system runs on scanners, tablets, or touch screen computers and allows the worker to print product labels from the field or at any pack line with all pertinent information (including a GS-1 code), capturing product information (weight, size, color, grade) for that carton or bag. The label information is stored in the SIMBA Office inventory, which provides data for inventory management, traceability and shipping. The cartons may be accumulated onto a pallet and tracked with a single pallet identifier.


Advanced Logistics

At the time of shipping, the Van Loading feature of SIMBA tracks each carton or pallet onto a specific van. A Bill of Lading is then produced automatically. This feature not only saves time in the shipping process, it eliminates disputes with the customer regarding what was actually shipped.


Proven Results

Key results from implementing the SIMBA Traceability & Labeling Software include real-time production reporting, fulfillment of traceability requirements, more accurate inventory, professional looking carton and pallet labels, and verified shipping.


See more Traceability and labeling Software for produce http://dynamic-systemsinc.com/software/produce/

Chipped crates for traceability

Tracing products and digital information is becoming more and more important throughout the sector, with track & trace systems being a hot topic. Tolsma-Grisnich and Van der Pol Pallets en Kisten joined forces to implement the Tolsma-Grisnich Track & Trace system into crates.


Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste
Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste



Inventory management and phytosanitary requirements

“Demand for the traceability system is definitely increasing,” says Jan van Maldegem. “The motivation is twofold. On the one hand, there are companies that sort or cut and disinfect seedlings, for instance. In that case a good track & trace system is absolutely vital. For phytosanitary reasons, these companies have to be able to show what happened to a product. On the other hand, the system provides better insight in inventory, and companies can make adjustments more easily.”


Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste
Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste



Chipped crates

In addition to the Dutch sector, the crates are also exported. Apart from the Benelux, Robert van der Pol has clients in countries like Algeria and Canada. “We supply the crates there as assembly kits.” In the Netherlands and Belgium, many standard sizes are used: 1.20 metres by 1.60 metres and a capacity of 1250 to 1300 kilos is used most. “In France, for instance, you see much larger crates.


Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste
Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste



The project that Tolsma-Grisnich and Van der Pol are working on now, is especially for ‘de Aardappelhoeve’. During production of the crates, a hole is drilled, into which a chip is put. The chip is embedded in the crate. “In existing systems, the chip was mounted onto the crate, so there was a chance of the chip coming loose during a crash,” Robert explains. “With the Tolsma-Grisnich system, the chip is inside the crate, so this problem doesn’t occur anymore.”


Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste
Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste



End of blackboard

“The chip basically replaces the barcode and the blackboard,” Robert says. “The information is directly in the client’s system, providing an administrative advantage.” The system provides real-time insight into the stocks and locations of shipments, but the communication between chip and machine also provides benefits. “For instance, you can insert into a crate tipper what product you’re going to process. If a crate with another variety is then supplied, the tipper sees that,” Jan goes on to say. “The technology can also be applied to pallets,” Robert concludes. “It’s not unthinkable that in future, we will also start working with chips in pallets.”


More information
Van der Pol Pallets en Kisten
Robert van der Pol
Palletbedrijf van der Pol bv
Dorpsstraat 94-96
4634 TT Woensdrecht
+31 (0)164 - 61 33 5

robert@polpallets.nl
www.polpallets.nl

Tolsma-Grisnich
Jan van Maldegem
PO Box 1010
8300 BA Emmeloord
Nederland
+31 (0)527 63 64 65

janvanmaldegem@tolsma.com
www.tolsma.com

Partnering up to provide real-time shipment monitoring

RedLine Solutions, a company dealing in inventory and traceability solutions, and Roambee Corp., supplier of high-quality tracking services, have announced a partnership to provide customers with real-time tracking and monitoring solutions of produce shipments.

Roambee chose RedLine Solutions to offer  Inventory traceability software for reduced post harvest waste customers in fresh produce full in-transit visibility and condition monitoring for shipments of perishable goods. RedLine already offers a comprehensive lineup of products and services to enable produce traceability and inventory management.

“RedLine chose Roambee because it is the most flexible, innovative, real-time shipment tracking solution out there. Combined with our complete traceability solutions, RedLine now can offer improved tracking.” said Todd Baggett, CEO at RedLine Solutions.

Sanjay Sharma, CEO at Roambee, underscores: “Fresh produce companies have large activity swings based on the seasonality of their products. We feel that Roambee’s pay-as-you-go service is uniquely positioned to provide real-time monitoring to produce companies in a cost-effective manner. With zero investment in hardware, our clients only pay for tracking when they actually track something.”

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