App for cherry packing.

Do you want better CHERRY PACKING speed & reduced cherry waste for your next season?


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App for cherry packing, cherry export, cherry wholesale.  Built around traceability & recalls:  bar-code inventory, B2B Customer Portal, Shop front,  FARM MANAGEMENT OPTION and more...

Inventory

Manage incoming cherry inventory, capture cherry supplier details and cost, apply inventory/pallet labels, record storage location of inventory.  Automatic inventory audit trail and tracking.  Unlimited inventory items. Bar-code inventory management.

Stock-take

Perform stock-takes any time by category or storage location.  Know how much cherry inventory you have in real time, even search by storage location.  Report by product line and storage location, or product category. 

Sales, shipping,  orders

Print pick sheet to pick cherry orders manually, or scan inventory / pallets onto orders, or auto select inventory,  or rapidly sell without an order.  Track paid, and unpaid invoices.  Attach documents to invoices / photos of outgoing shipments.

Traceability & recalls

Instant mock recalls both up and down the supply chain using instant mock recalls based on supplier lot/batch, supplier name, delivery date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, customer reference, order # and more..

Invoices, BOL, labels for pallets & inventory

Choose from a gallery of invoices, bill of lading, freight notes, and industry standard fresh produce labels including Walmart, Tesco, Aldi, Coles, Pick 'n Save, Woolworths and more...

Batch packing

Record all batch inputs such fruit, vegetables, packaging materials, and other raw materials.  Batch costs automatically tracked.  Batch recalls automatically track suppliers & traceability.

Logistics

View open orders & balances. Assign orders to specific staff for picking, assign to trucks / driver, transport company.  Set loading order for multiple orders on one truck.  See when orders are ready shipped and print bill of lading, export documents, and invoices. 

Quality control

Perform QC tests for incoming cherry inventory, packed, pre-shipping. Configure QC tests for ANYTHING you want to test, supplier quality control tracking.  Attach unlimited photos & documents to QC tests from your cell or tablet.  

Price lists

Manage prices that will be used when a customer order is recorded.  Set up price lists for specials, specific products & customers or promotions.  

Dashboards

Profit:  Analyze profit of each fresh produce line, variety, and even track individual customer profit, and batch level cost & profit.  Sales:  Monitor sales progress & shipments.  Quality:  supplier performance & more...

More...

Auto shipment and sale alerts to customers.  Configure BOM, packing / manufacturing processes, special rules to control the processes in your business (your consultant will do this for you).   

Cherry value adding

Specify the ingredients for each product you manufacture, farmsoft will calculate required quantities to fill open orders and schedule the batch.  Automatic creation of inventory outputs.  All ingredients and inputs are costed.

Unlimited sites & warehouses

Create multiple sites, specify which sites each employee can view (this restricts inventory, orders, invoices etc to selected sites).  Great for businesses with multiple locations across the country or globe.

Advanced tailoring

Add new fields to screens, choose from a wide selection of interfaces (touch based, PC based, data entry, tablet), control special business processes, activate defaults, configure automatic alerts and more...

Purchase orders

Order raw materials, packaging materials and more from suppliers.  Analyze orders and prices using Purchases dashboard. 

Re-order alerts

Receive alerts when inventory needs to be reordered, analyze inventory that will need ordering in the future, and inventory that is approaching expiry...


Finance apps

Integrate in the cloud with Xero finance, or export invoices (AR) and Purchase Orders (AP) to your chosen finance app like MYOB, Quickbooks, , FreshBooks, Wave, SaasAnt, SAGE and others...

Reduce cherry waste by 99%

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

Reduce administration time by 60%

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

Better cherry packing 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 cherry packing orders!

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

Easy cherry packing traceability

Perform instant mock recalls and audits at any time, from anywhere. No need to compile reports or search for documents. International food safety standards maintained.

Reduce cherry inventory stocking costs by 10%

Project required ingredients & materials to ensure just in time delivery and reduce inventory overheads & waste.

Faster cherry packing inventory

Know exactly which inventory is available, where it is, and when it expires:  any-time, anywhere.

Easier cherry packing work order management

Rapidly assign customer orders to production batches, line & inventory managers receive instant alerts.  Precision processing & packing reduces fresh produce waste.

Cherries do not contain stored carbohydrates like apples and pears, therefore have a shorter storage and shelf life, but good fruit quality can be maintained in cold storage for a couple of months. Cherries are difficult to handle because they are very susceptible to bruising (pitting), and extra care is taken on the packing line to eliminate mechanical injuries. Packers refer to a “cold-chain,” which signifies keeping cherries cool during the whole process chain (harvest through the packing process, shipping, retail markets, and until they are consumed.) To start the cherry packing process, cherries float onto the packing line on flumes of water, which protect them from bruising and damage. Orchard debris and leaves are removed from the flumes with nets. The cherries go through a cluster cutter to cut stems of clusters into single fruit with shorter stems. Fruit is sorted and sized, either manually by trained personnel, or electronically, with a computer. With the computer sorter, multiple images of each cherry are taken, analyzed, and fruit are automatically sorted and sized. Fruit that were singled out are sorted again by hand for culls. Some operations hydro-cool fruit before packing to maintain fruit quality. Cherries are packed into a variety of boxes, clamshells, and bags by size and weight. Cartons are then labeled, palletized, shrink-wrapped and sent to cold storage or refrigerated trucks for shipping.

Each of the steps taken at the cherry packinghouse are as follows:

Cherry bins are brought in to the facility with a forklift.
1.  The bins are lifted up into the bin dump, where the cherries are dumped into sanitized water (to decrease the impact of the drop on the fruit).
When the cherries are dumped into the water, those that float are removed, and the rest continue on a conveyor belt to continue along the cherry packing line.
When cherries grow and are harvested, they are harvested as clusters and not as individual cherries with an individual stem. As a result, there is a section of the packing line where there are cutters that are meant specifically to cut the bunches so that the cherries come out as individual cherries (not being connected to another cherry via the stem).
2.  The cherries are hand sorted for defects, including decay and splits. Throughout this process, the same fruit continues down the conveyor belt passing multiple sorters. There are brushes along the line to rotate the fruit so that if there was a blemish on one side of the fruit that was missed by one worker, after the fruit is rotated, another worker will catch it. There are two options for getting rid of the fruit in this case: culls (garbage or animal feed) or redistributed to a secondary market (e.g., double cherries for produce markets).
The cherries go into the hydrocooler to remove any residual field heat, so that all cherries come out at the same temperature (~32-34°F) when they go to the cooler. This step is where the sanitizer is added to the water. (Depending on the commodity and the packinghouse, the water used in the wash step can either be recycled or used as single use.)
3.  The fruit goes through an optical sorter to be sorted by size and for any defects that were missed previously. This sorter designates the fruit to certain packing lines so that the fruit can be packed together with the other fruit that is the same size. (This is done to meet customer specifications and also to ensure that the packer is receiving proper compensation.)
Once the allocated amount fills the scales, the fruit drops into the bags. The bags are then packed into boxes and once the boxes are filled, they are sent onto another conveyor belt. Within the boxes, there is an additional bag surrounding the bags of packed cherries. This bag acts as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), and is used to extend the shelf-life of the cherries.
4.  There is a final weigh and quality step to make sure the boxes meet customer specifications. If they do not weigh enough, additional fruit will be added.
The boxes are packed onto pallets.