RFID fresh produce inventory pallet control: Inexpensive fresh produce solution uses low cost hardware with almost zero installation costs.

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 Fresh produce packaging

Maintain strict fresh produce Fresh produce packaging 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%

Fresh produce packaging 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.

RFID fresh produce inventory pallet control:

Farmsoft fresh produce Fresh produce packaging is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce Fresh produce packaging, auditing, Fresh produce packaging, 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 Fresh produce packaging.

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 Fresh produce packaging integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the chain-trace.com 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 Fresh produce packaging

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 Fresh produce packaging tracking with expiring inventory reminders.
Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Fresh produce packaging for fresh produce:

The farmsoft Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging, 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 Fresh produce packaging specifications here.  Farmsoft’s multi site Fresh produce packaging 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, Fresh produce packaging, 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.
ENHANCED Fresh produce packaging
Import data Compac InVision pack lines to increase Fresh produce packaging, and reduce the possibility of human error that can compromise Fresh produce packaging. 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 Fresh produce packaging Less fresh produce waste more Fresh produce packaging Accurate inventory shipping, Hydropoinc farming Less fresh produce waste more Fresh produce packaging Accurate inventory shipping, Mushroom farming technology Less fresh produce waste more Fresh produce packaging Accurate inventory shipping, Cherry packing and cherry farming Less fresh produce waste more Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging and Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging and efficiency starts when fresh produce is delivered. Apply fresh produce labeling and use bar code Fresh produce packaging.  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 Fresh produce packaging audit trail. FarmSoft provides comprehensive Fresh Produce Stock Control for fruit, vegetable, hop, grain, flower, and other fresh produce. Easily allocate Fresh produce packaging information for all inventory, allowing rapid recalls and Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging management with Xero's powerful accounting.
Using farmsoft and Xero, you can take advantage of all the special fresh produce functionality such as Fresh produce packaging, 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging from farmsoft.  Recall instantly using any recall key
such as: inventory #, order #, pallet #, invoice #, supplier name, Crop / Crop Batch name, supplier Fresh produce packaging 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 Fresh produce packaging, 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 Fresh produce packaging model to implement, and greatly reducing paperwork and data entry
Capture and archive
(for rapid recall) all Fresh produce packaging records related to use of materials, employees, equipment – suitable for use with multiple standards.
You can perform a recall or mock recall using Fresh produce packaging 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.

Improved Inventory Accuracy and up to 60 % Reduced Food Waste!
Helping retailers revolutionise the management of fresh produce, Checkpoint Systems, a global leader in source-to-shopper solutions, has unveiled its new FarmsoftTM fresh food solution.

Using RFID technology, the solution allows stores to accurately monitor inventory levels and rotate stock efficiency as produce with near or exceeded expiry dates can be identified with ease.

External Link to the Checkpoint landing page
Checkpoint Introduces Pinless OPAL Tags
22 Jul 2022 - Checkpoint Introduces Pinless OPAL Tags

Despite increasing concerns surrounding food waste, more than 89 million tonnes of food are thrown away every year in Europe. The grocery retail sector contributes some 5 % to the total amount, often due to expired fresh produce, equating to more than 4.45 million tonnes.

Managing sell-by dates on perishable goods requires retailers to have a total view of their inventory at any given time. Here, inventory accuracy not only ensures brand owners can have a complete view of all merchandise and its location within the supply chain, but reduce lost sales and improve efficiency.

To date, retailers have relied on time-intensive, visual inspections to detect the sell-by dates on perishable products and manage replenishment needs, with less than half using an automated system to control inventory levels, but not expiry dates.

Here, retailers face an extremely difficult challenge. The management of sell-by dates is not only critical to the quality and sale of products in-store, but to retailers’ responsibility to protect consumers, ensuring that any out of date products are identified and removed promptly.

Checkpoint Goes Modular to Support the Future of Retail
15 Jul 2022 - Checkpoint Goes Modular to Support the Future of Retail

The Farmsoft solution enables retailers to manage inventory and precisely plan when replenishments are required, as well as when stock needs to be marked down for sale. Checkpoint customers using the solution have already noted reduced food waste levels by as much as 60 %, while also minimising the time spent required to manually check merchandise by up to 78%. Improvements in inventory accuracy were also noted, achieving up to 99.99 % in the stock room and up to 99 % on the sales floor. By improving cycle count times, reducing waste and accurately managing expiry dates, retailers can enjoy an uplift in sales thanks to increased product availability.

From Delivery to Disposal
Thanks to the application of Checkpoint’s Farmsoft at source, retailers are able to receive RFID tagged products, that can be quickly verified, aiding a high inventory accuracy. To achieve this, Checkpoint’s high-performance RFID labels are automatically applied during the production process. This not only improves the accuracy of shipments distributed from the point of manufacture but ensures accurate, timely deliveries in store.

Whether its on shop floor or in stock rooms, Checkpoint’s Farmsoft scanning process enables store personnel to use an intuitive handheld device that quickly and accurately counts and locates specific items. It works in conjunction with Farmsoft reporting software to deliver real-time actionable data that includes insights on replenishment, expiration, markdown, waste reports, products to restock and order, as well as items that are about to expire or have expired.

Completing the cycle from delivery to disposal, Farmsoft waste process provides insights into the amount of fresh produce that has expired and automatically removes the product from inventory records.

Delivering a wide range of substantial benefits for retailers, Checkpoint’s Farmsoft fresh food solution means products can be more efficiently managed and displayed in-store. By reducing waste and managing stock more efficiently, retailers can also enjoy an increase in sales.

Miguel Garcia Manso, Business Unit Director Germany of Checkpoint Systems, commented: “The shelf life of fresh produce presents a unique challenge for grocery retailers. By improving inventory management and replenishment, retailers can not only see a marked improvement in stock rotation and sales but crucially reduce current levels of avoidable and costly food waste. Farmsoft delivers the highest level of accuracy and ensures retailers are putting forward the right price, at the right time on the right product.”
Santa Clara, CA, US: The slightest change in temperature affects the shelf life of produce and reduce its saleability. Efficient temperature monitoring and management throughout the supply chain is no longer a seen as an option, but a necessity, says Peter Mehring, chief executive, Intelleflex.

“The monetary value of fruit and vegetables lost during the cold chain is staggering. This is exacerbated with the added pressures that are put on produce logistics management by severe world food shortages,” he says.

“Produce companies need innovative new solutions to decrease wastage and effectively manage and track pallets of perishable goods and many are turning to RFID-based wireless (Radio Frequency Identification) condition monitoring tags.”

While many shippers of perishable goods may monitor the products at a trailer-level, this has proven to be inadequate as temperatures vary pallet-by-pallet, even inside a refrigerated trailer.

The time and temperature from harvest-to-cool are common variables that need to be monitored on an individual pallet basis because temperature, and time spent at that temperature, affects each pallet in a different way.

“Typical quality control means a visual inspection process. This is not adequate as “invisible” shelf life loss, which occurred earlier in the supply chain due to improper temperature controls, cannot be seen or identified,” Mehring says.

“To put it simply, a wasted produce isn’t always visible to the naked eye until just before it begins to spoil – well after it is too late to do anything about it.

“Traditionally, warehouses have operated on a “first in, first out” (FIFO) model of distribution. But, because relative shelf life varies by pallet, this method is not effective as often the last pallet in needs to go out first in order to be delivered fresh.

RFID pallet-level monitoring enables the shipping process to implement a “first expiry, first out” (FEFO) method based on the experienced temperature of the pallet which is the most accurate indication of the condition of the produce and the time remaining before it has spoiled. By implementing pallet-level temperature monitoring and FEFO inventory management, produce revenues can be improved by maximising the available shelf life based on the dynamic state of the produce, he says.

“What’s important for maximising the delivered value of the produce is knowing the relative current remaining shelf life from the field to the retailer. This actionable data is what drives effective real-time decision-making, prioritised routing, waste reduction and quality improvement.

“Simply put, products with a higher relative shelf life index can be shipped further distances while products with a lower relative shelf life index need to get to market as quickly as possible.

“At each point along the way, there’s potential for trouble. Produce could be left in a field, sit in the sun on a loading dock or be stored in a truck with broken or uneven refrigeration.

How RFID technology can help increase confidence in food safety
KEYWORDS coronavirus and food safety / food safety trends / GS1 / RFID tags / RFID technology / tracking solutions
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, conscious consumerism was on the rise in a big way, forcing a shift in the way food supply chains function. Consumers want supply chain transparency, robust product information, the assurance of food safety and swift action when a recall occurs.

Now, in the age of pantry-loading, fast-food delivery and outdoor dining, satisfying a deeper need for information will be the key to securing consumer confidence and trust in our new pandemic-influenced reality. Core to delivering on what consumers want is enabling improved food traceability.

The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Farm Bureau have partnered to deploy a three-year pilot RFID initiative. The Hawaii Produce Traceability initiative uses UPM Raflatac RFID inlays to track and trace fresh produce throughout the State’s food supply chain. The innovative initiative, the first of its kind in the US, is designed to promote food safety by providing product visibility down to the farm or even field level. The RFID system provides detailed, real-time information which can be used to optimize the supply chain, enable recalls in less than an hour and improve Fresh produce packaging.

In the first phase Lowry Computer Products developed an RFID solution leveraging hardware from Motorola and Symbol Technologies, and Globe Ranger system software. The system pairs waterproof labels with UPM Raflatac ShortDipole UHF inlays with the Lowry Computer Products’ Fresh Harvest Solution to provide real-time supply chain data of when boxed produce is planted and harvested, what pesticides are used and when and where RFID-tagged boxes are scanned. The data is automatically uploaded into a database, where it can be used by program participants. It is also available for public review on the initiative web portal, www.hawaiifoodsafetycenter.org.

Growers were offered the opportunity to participate by either slap-and-ship tagging or usage of a hand-held RFID system. Boxed produce is read at the distribution center upon entry and exit of both the physical facility and cold storage. Tags are read again at the retailers' point of entry, removal from cold storage and at end of life. Both the distribution center and retailer use a fixed portal RFID reader.

Participants can use gathered data to optimize harvest productivity, strengthen food processing controls, increase cold chain visibility, reduce produce dwell time on shipping and receiving docks, accelerate transportation times between trading partners and improve inventory turns.

This enables them to optimize margins in the competitive food industry. In the event of a food recall growers can quickly identify if they are impacted, thus enhancing their brand and protecting revenues. Affected growers can localize the impact of relevant recalls to the field level, minimizing losses.

State officials are considering enhancements to the next two phases of the project, such as deploying RFID-enabled cellphones to enable more farms to participate, and implementing produce temperature tracking to reduce the threat of food spoilage. The initiative could be expanded to cover 5,000 State farms at full implementation.

“The Hawaii Produce Traceability initiative is an integral part of the State Food Safety Certification system,” says Dr. John Ryan, Administrator, Quality Assurance Division, State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

“This project provides the backbone for future and more preventive closed-loop sensor technologies which are capable of measuring and reporting biocontaminants and temperature variations via the RFID system as produce moves through the supply chain. The RFID system will provide managers with improved real-time control over potential food safety problems and help to prevent wide-spread human and economic impact."

UPM Raflatac tag performance is currently being tested on shipments between Armstrong Produce and the Kaneohe, Hawaii Marine Base commissary. This important addition to the pilot program is in compliance with the Department of Defense RFID directives. “The Hawaii Produce Traceability initiative is providing UPM Raflatac with the opportunity to showcase the versatility and durability of its ShortDipole tag, which provides exceptional yields and performance throughout its lifecycle,” says Jan Svoboda, Sales and Marketing Director, Americas, RFID, UPM Raflatac.

Many of Hawaii’s leading growers, distributors and retailers, including Sugarland Farms, Hamakua Heritage Farms, Kula Country Farms, Maui Pineapple, Twin Bridge Farms, Kahuku Brand, Armstrong Produce and Foodland Stores have chosen to participate in this voluntary program. The initiative tracked several types of fresh produce including e.g. asparagus, eggplants, pineapples and tomatoes.

Funding for the pilot program was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Federal State Marketing Improvement Program, and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. The pilot has been awarded with a Computerworld Laureate Gold Medal for using information technology to benefit society.

Recognizing the need to improve supply chain visibility and, ultimately, traceability, foodservice companies are beginning to explore the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to trace products throughout the supply chain and gain operational efficiencies. RFID-enabled efficiencies can cut labor costs by as much as 50% in the food supply chain, according to Avery Dennison. With equipment and label costs falling further each year as adoption ramps up (labels cost around five cents each now compared with 25 cents in 2008), many companies believe the investment can deliver significant returns.

RFID in the supply chain is nothing new—it has been used in retail for more than a decade, particularly in the apparel industry, to improve inventory visibility and gain fulfillment efficiencies. Levi’s, Nike, Macy’s and Target are among the most vocal supporters of RFID and have used it to help make their supply chains more agile. They’ve cited RFID as a foundational technology necessary to support e-commerce.

Reducing out of stock, shrinkage and overstock through RFID in the fresh food supply chain: Evidence from an Italian retail pilot
Article type: Research Article

Authors: Bertolini, Massimo | Ferretti, Gino | Vignali, Giuseppe | Volpi, Andrea

Affiliations: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Parma, Italy

Note: [] Corresponding author: Massimo Bertolini, Eng., Ph.D., Assistant Professor-Mechanical Industrial Plants, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Via G.P. Usberti 181/A, 43124 Parma, Italy. Tel.: +39 0521 905861; Fax: +39 0521 905705; E-mail: massimo.bertolini@unipr.it

Abstract: The paper shows how to leverage RFID technology in fresh fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, and, in particular, to optimally manage stock levels on shelves, shelves replenishment, and shrinkage prevention for fresh perishable products. We deployed a pilot project on a FMCG retail supply chain, encompassing a distribution centre and two stores of a major Italian retailer. About 60 products have been RFID tagged at case level. We real time tracked cases of products for 4 months, through the distribution chain all the way to the stores, where the RFID deployment made it possible to punctually monitor shelves stock levels, backroom stock levels and product shrinkage. We demonstrate that the out of stock (OOS) problem is just one piece of a broader picture, that is shelves stock optimization. The higher the stock level on the shelves, the lower the need for shelf replenishment, and thus the likelihood of an OOS. However, the capital holding costs and the risk for product shrinkage increase. The latter issue is particularly relevant for fresh perishable products. This pilot demonstrates that a retailer could reduce OOS, shrinkage and capital holding costs all together, by means of efficient RFID data management. Potential savings for fresh products account approx 1.7% of sale turnover. This study is the first pilot project which assesses the impact of RFID technology on the supply chain of fresh perishable products; a full roll-out of the project is being planned for the next future.

Learning from the successful implementations of RFID in retail, members of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative, a collaborative group of foodservice supply chain partners, are testing RFID to gain similar efficiencies and better serve their guests. RFID tags and readers add efficiency to the supply chain because they do not require the same line-of-sight scanning as barcodes. They can also enable the collection of information in real time and the ability to pinpoint where products are across the supply chain. Plus, in a world of prolonged social distancing due to COVID-19, there exists an opportunity to leverage RFID technology to create more contactless options to procure food.

RFID and Traceability
Looking toward the future of traceability, food companies are going to need to align on a common way to communicate product data to close any gaps in information in the supply chain. Global GS1 Standards play a key role in traceability as well as RFID implementations—having consistency in data exchange and product and location identification is critical to tracing products from farm to fork.

Good traceability starts at the source, where globally unique identifiers like Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) should be used on products in lieu of proprietary numbers that could create confusion across external systems. GTINs can be encoded into RFID tags along with additional product information, similar to how they are encoded into barcodes. In the food industry, case-level barcodes have traditionally served as the key point where information is connected to the flow of the product. Not only can RFID can help companies capture more data efficiently while products are in transit, it can streamline and validate the loading and receiving processes. Extended data such as batch number, lot number and expiration date are already becoming must-have information in the supply chain—RFID has the potential to take this further as tags can hold far more data than barcodes. This can enable full product provenance and enhance visibility through greater automation.

RFID and Inventory Visibility
When RFID tags are used, all supply chain partners that have RFID readers can enhance their real-time view of the product as it moves from stop to stop. Operators can then leverage RFID readers in their facilities to understand what they have available to sell. According to the Auburn University RFID Lab, RFID can raise inventory accuracy significantly, from 63% to 95%.

RFID is valuable for a foodservice operation simply because it reduces inventory uncertainty. For example, if an RFID reader is placed in a restaurant’s refrigerator, the operator will automatically know when there is a spike in a particular item being used, because the reader automates the transmission of inventory data. The operator sees in real time how much product is available to fulfill consumer demand. From a food safety perspective, RFID can play a role in helping operators intercept potentially harmful food before it reaches their guests because they have access to updated intelligence on what’s in stock and can take precautionary measures faster.

There are some inventory management differences between the way RFID is used in retail and how it may be used in foodservice. In foodservice, tags will be applied at the case level, instead of to individual items like in retail, simply due to the nature of how products are stored and transported. For example, there is no benefit to individually tagging a beef patty in the same way that there is in tagging a t-shirt in retail.

RFID and Our Contactless Future
RFID could be a key tool in our new normal, as it reduces the reliance on manual processes. For example, warehouse staff can more appropriately distance if RFID is used for cycle counts, and they can be freed up to perform other tasks. According to the Auburn University RFID Lab, cycle count times can be cut up to 96% when RFID is used. What usually takes three to four hours can be done in a few minutes without the need to manually scan line-of-sight barcodes.

As COVID-19 continues to affect the way we obtain food, the food industry has been forced to innovate faster and is becoming more digitally focused on the consumer-facing side as well. For many operators, this may be the only way to survive.

The efficiencies gained through using RFID can fuel evolving food distribution models. RFID can play a role in innovations from ensuring location-based accuracy for last-mile food delivery, to powering healthy vending machines while cafeterias in essential locations like hospitals remain closed.

Ultimately, while innovation was already a priority for many food companies prior to the pandemic, the complete shift in consumer behavior has become an undeniable catalyst for enhanced traceability, inventory management and contactless options. Look for RFID implementations to play a key role in the industry’s drive to enhance consumer confidence.

This article was originally posted on www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com.