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Instant paperwork, labels, documents, and emailed alerts save administration teams time. Invoice, pallet label, inventory label, dispatch docket, bill of lading... all produced automatically.
Preparing invoices, bill of lading, pick sheets, export documents, and other dispatch documentation can be time consuming for fresh produce packers and processors. farmsoft makes this easy by allowing you to specify which documents must go to each customer, then automatically generating & printing or emailing the documents for you.
Continually updating templates to print labels for inventory and pallets is a waste of time. farmsoft generates your pallet and inventory labels automatically, and even associates them with customer orders if you are 'packing to order'.
Extensive reports in farmsoft deliver new insight to management teams, and are automatically generated, saving administration teams from the tedious task of manually compiling reports in Excel.
Alerts are automatically sent to team members when orders are updated by admin; invoices and shipping notifications can also be automatically sent to customers, further reducing the burden on admin teams.
Integrate with financial solutions such as Sage accounting and other financial solutions to ensure accurate invoices are inserted into your accounting package.
Free up administration time with automatic paperwork & notifications for fresh produce packer, shipper, exporter/importer.
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Damco presents dynamic supply chain solution reduce administration costs in fresh produce packing & wholesale
Today Damco launches a simple and innovative solution to meet the typical supply chain challenges of today: How to deal with constant changes on the demand and supply side without adding cost, time, and complexity?
Damco Dynamic Flow Control is the result of a long development effort at Damco – carried out together with a number of key customers. The solution allows supply chain professionals the flexibility to constantly re-plan shipments according to what is important - whether it is delivery date, cost, or carbon footprint - without the complexity and manual workload changing purchase orders normally entails.
"As market conditions become more volatile and more difficult to predict, the answer is not to improve your ability to plan, but rather your ability to adapt quickly to demand and supply fluctuations. Damco Dynamic Flow Control automatically adjusts planning to changing requirements while still ensuring true end-to-end optimization of supply chain performance – from Purchase Order to Final Delivery," Damco CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen commented.
"We have developed this innovative solution together with our customers and we now have a robust and scalable solution that we would like to present to the market", Rolf Habben-Jansen said.
Improving performance while saving time and money
Dynamic planning and re-planning provides more flexibility to adjust to last minute demand and supply changes which enables lower inventories, higher customer service, and timely response to market trends.
In addition, increased delivery performance and reduced manual intervention can decrease lead times by up to 10% while lowering administration costs by up to 30%. Improved container utilization and mix, less administration, and reduced air-to-ocean ratio can help decrease cost (and carbon emissions) by up to 20%. The solution has already helped the development partner, a high-profile Damco global customer, to improve delivery performance significantly while achieving a simpler, agile, and cost effective supply chain.
"This solution truly integrates all existing supply chain partners, enabling automated interaction with vendors, carriers, 3PL’s and authorities to reduce errors, save time and money, and ultimately increase delivery performance – on time when needed. The feedback we are getting on this is very positive and promising for the future of supply chain management", said Erling Johns Nielsen, Damco Global Head of Supply Chain
GPS of supply chain management
The basic idea of Damco Dynamic Flow Control is very much similar to a GPS. It will dynamically recalculate the optimal route to market when a change on the demand or supply side occurs – similar to how a GPS in your car will provide you with an estimated time to destination based on your current speed and latest traffic information.
The shipment planning optimization engine generates plans based on predefined business rules and criteria such as delivery time, cost, carbon, transport mode, and carrier mix - all at purchase order and SKU levels. When changes occur, shipments are dynamically re-planned and automatically executed using the Damco proprietary decision tree methodology.
"This enables supply chain managers to continuously change delivery dates or switch between transport modes in order to optimize their supply chains – something many people have been looking for since a long time", Erling Johns Nielsen concludes.
For more information, please visit: www.damco.com/dynamic
Project builds bridge between Greek growers and public administration
A commercial platform called RECAP, has been launched to support the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), to better serve growers's systems for sustainability. RECAP includes manual and fully automatic hybrid Earth Observation techniques that are built upon existing large volumes of geo-information available to public organisations, integrating additionally open satellite data, and bi-directional user-generated data from farmers.
"A number of challenges have arisen for the public administrations (PAs) in the process of implementing and controlling Cross Compliance Scheme (CCS), mainly because of the complexity and diversity of the obligations and conditions that need to be monitored. This results in high administrative costs, and the bureaucratic procedures for monitoring farmers’ compliance to standards are time consuming. On the other hand, farmers face particular difficulties in becoming familiar with the standards required for their farm, which might lead to non-compliance and subsequent penalisation of the farmer, who is meanwhile dealing with the high administrative costs of the proper compliance to these standards," according to Ag consultant Manolis Tsantakis, from Etam SA.
"As RECAP is a user-driven solution, its approach started by developing a rapid appraisal methodology for the identification of specific users’ objectives and needs; followed by evaluation, using both quantitative and qualitative techniques for higher reliability and integrity. From the project initiation, a series of interviews with representatives from PA's, agricultural consultants and farmers were performed in five countries (Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Serbia and UK) and this procedure helped identify variations in the interviewees’ responses with regards to users’ requirements. Direct engagement of various groups of end users in semi-structured interviews was also followed in the co-creation and co-production phases," explains Tsantakis.
The idea behind RECAP, an EC project, funded under the ICT-enabled open government (H2020-INSO-2015-CNECT) call (GA 693171), is to help build bridges between public administrations and farmers by utilising innovative Earth Observation (EO) solutions and cost-efficient tools that improve simplification and modernization of the CAP.
US: Estimated costs to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act Reduce administration costs in fresh produce packing & wholesale
In an effort to improve food safety by reducing foodborne illnesses, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose new regulatory requirements on food producers and handlers, to expand requirements for and inspections of food imports, and to issue mandatory recalls of food. As a result, FDA gained expanded authority to regulate fresh-produce production practices at the farm level. The FSMA Produce Rule will be implemented in phases beginning in 2018 and will affect farms supplying almost all fresh produce sold in the United States.
by John Bovay, Peyton Ferrier, and Chen Zhen
As part of the rule-making process, FDA estimated the cost of compliance with the Produce Rule for a few broad categories of farms distinguished by annual produce sales value and exemption status. In its analysis, FDA estimated the total costs of compliance to be $368 million for domestic farms (annualized over 10 years, using a 7-percent discount rate) but did not estimate the costs by commodities or regions. Using those original FDA estimates, this study provides estimates of the cost of compliance with the Produce Rule by commodity, State, and farm size (based on sales). The findings of the study have implications for understanding future competitiveness of smaller farms and markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables and enable researchers to characterize effects of FSMA on retail prices, by commodity.
What did the study find?
The many fixed costs associated with the administrative and personnel components and the food safety process components of complying with the Produce Rule cause compliance costs to be higher as a share of revenue for smaller farms. For this reason, fruit and vegetables produced on larger farms are estimated to have smaller compliance costs than those produced primarily on small farms. Findings on the annual costs of compliance with the Produce Rule upon full implementation of the rule in 2022 include the following:
- Farms with annual produce sales over $3,450,000 account for 58.6 percent of U.S. farm produce sales and are estimated to incur annual costs of compliance of about 0.3 percent of the value of their produce sales. Farms with annual produce sales between $500,000 and $700,000 are estimated to incur annual costs of compliance of about 4.2 percent. Small farms (annual sales between $250,000 and $500,000) and very small farms (annual sales between $25,000 and $250,000) are estimated to incur annual costs of 6.0 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.
- Very small farms that qualify for a partial exemption from the rule are estimated to incur annual costs of around 2.4 percent of the value of their produce sales, compared with 6.8 percent for nonexempt farms of the same size.
- The annual costs of compliance with the Produce Rule are estimated to add about 0.3 percent to the farm cost of producing romaine lettuce (lowest among vegetables considered in this study) and 3.0 percent to the farm cost of producing snap beans (highest among vegetables).
- The annual costs of compliance with the Produce Rule are estimated to add about 0.7 percent to the farm cost of honeydew (lowest among fruits considered in this study). Among fruits primarily grown domestically for U.S. consumption, the highest farm cost is estimated at 3.0 percent for pears. These differences in cost of compliance across commodities reflect differences in farm sizes; fully regulated farms that grow honeydew tend to have much larger value of sales than fully regulated farms that grow pears.
- Differences in estimated cost of compliance, by State and county, depend on the average value of sales for farms subject to the FSMA Produce Rule in each locality. Fully regulated farms in Arizona tend to be quite large; on average, farms in Arizona that are subject to the FSMA Produce Rule are estimated to have the lowest annual cost of compliance among all States, at 0.6 percent of produce sales revenue. Farms in nine States with smaller produce-growing farms (Vermont, Arkansas, Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Alabama, South Dakota, and Alaska) are estimated to have average compliance costs of 3.0 percent or higher.
- Our estimates of compliance costs assume that no farms are already in compliance prior to the enactment of the Produce Rule, thereby representing upper bounds on actual compliance costs. If large shares of farms were already in compliance prior to implementation of the rule, then actual compliance costs will be below our estimates.
How was the study conducted?
This study drew on the FDA’s published estimates of the 10-year cost of complying with the Produce Rule to develop a function that relates each farm’s produce sales to its cost of complying with the rule. Using data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, researchers first computed estimates of the cost of compliance for regulated farms falling within different farm size categories, with varying implementation timelines and possible exemptions over the 2016 to 2022 period. They then calculated the average estimated cost of compliance by county and State for different farm sales categories and by fresh-produce commodity.