Ever so regularly we post news items and updates regarding GreenCommerce. Please find here the most recent messages.
Last week the go-ahead was given for the collaboration between Growers United's new packaging center - especially for Paprico's block peppers - and jem-id. GreenCommerce is being used for this packaging location; the software that controls the entire production process at the location. A number of specific solutions and setting up an integration platform are part of this project.
In 2022, with the Watermelon release, various developments have already been made in the QC App, whereby an automated mechanism has been created for performing quality inspections. Based on the roadmap, a follow-up is planned for the first quarter of 2023. Specific re-inspection settings based on the 'type' of product must ensure professionalisation in the quality process.
Since last year, service provider and trading company Europe Retail Packing (ERP) has implemented digital order picking through the WMS App of GreenCommerce. The WMS App runs on tablets and is directly connected to the sales system at the office. Besides the fact that the WMS strongly promotes synergy, a lot of time is also saved. The App enables ERP employees to pick paperless orders within their shared warehouse.
Digitization is seeping deeper and deeper into business processes, but not everyone in the fresh produce industry sits behind a desk. Especially in the production area, employees do not find working with a computer very convenient. Koppert Cress was therefore happy to participate in testing the GreenCommerce Production App. With this, production employees can now enter actions directly on a tablet or telephone.
Last year, Dylan started developing the Transport App at jem-id. We are currently finalizing the latest developments, after which the first version will soon be tested by a pilot group. In this update, Developer Dylan explains what users can expect from the Transport App and what developments still lie ahead.
At the beginning of this year, the brand new roadmap for fresh produce software GreenCommerce went live. The roadmap offers current GreenCommerce users more insight into future developments that are planned for 2023. The roadmap contains a combination of innovative, impactful and necessary developments that take into account all target groups within the fresh produce industry.
A new GreenCommerce release (Yuzu) will follow shortly, containing various developments for the Chain of Custody (CoC). The CoC certification, which is based on the Global GAP standard, will be made mandatory by many companies. To support these companies, various developments have been added to GreenCommerce and the WMS App with regard to this certification.
The first pilot of the Production App was successfully completed at the end of 2022. The Production App is the latest addition to the GreenCommerce Apps portfolio. By working with the App with a diverse pilot group, valuable feedback was collected that we could use immediately. In this update we will inform you about the past period and which future steps are still to come.
We recently switched parties for the hosting of the Domain Name System (DNS) for a number of our fresh produce products. What does this mean for the product and for you as a user of the product? In conversation with Developer and Cloud & Architect specialist Karsten, we talk about the benefits for the product and for you as a user.
We are approaching the end of 2022. This year we have been able to create many great developments and projects for the benefit of the roadmap. A roadmap has also been compiled for 2023, which we will announce shortly. Before we look forward to the new year, in this update we take a look at the best developments of 2022.
Greenco, known for its snack tomatoes, among other things, launched a new software package this summer. GreenCommerce provides an even better grip on incoming and outgoing goods flows. In collaboration with jem-id, a development has been made with which pallet weighing can also be optimally managed. The complex implementation has now been successfully completed.
Within the fresh produce industry, it is increasingly common for a customer to order a general item, regardless of which specific item is delivered. The specific items must fall within the specifications of the ordered item. New developments have been added within GreenCommerce and the WMS App, making it easy to distinguish between these 'interchangeable items'.
'Leaders in digital innovation for teh horticultural industry', is the new claim of jem-id. As of November 1, 2022, the software company for the floriculture and fresh produce sector will continue with the new branding. The direct reason for the rebranding is the natural development that the organization has undergone in the field of strategy and brand identity. The company was founded 26 years ago with the aim of raising the Dutch horticultural sector to a higher level through technology. To date, this view has remained unchanged.
Since the Ximenia release, the process of entering items in GreenCommerce has been set up more efficiently. Where previously this could take a lot of time because it had to be entered manually, this can now be done in one go through an import/export function. New developments make it not only easier but also faster to enter multiple items at once.
Recently, Looye Kwekers, in collaboration with jem-id, Nitea and other software partners, has completed a successful process for the renewal of the IT landscape. The starting point is that it is important to make 'flexibility' an important part of the new landscape to be realised.
With the arrival of the Ximenia release, various new functionalities have also been added in the WMS App and GreenCommerce. The developments focus on smart functionalities within the App and more information in GreenCommerce.
From the next quarterly release we will move to a new way of updating GreenCommerce. The current way of updating, in which a version has to be manually installed 4 times a year, will thus be given a new shape. By using this new way of updating, we are taking a major step in the further continuity of the product.
At the end of last year, we announced the roadmap for 2022. This roadmap consists of 4 themes in which different topics are related to one of the themes. Product specialists Fernon van Paassen and Michelle Vijverberg started targeted customer visits this summer to pick up the net. In this conversation we ask about the experiences and future plans.
Over the past year, the subject of 'certifications' has acquired an increasingly important position in the fresh produce industry, and therefore also within GreenCommerce. From October 1, 2022, GLOBAL G.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC) is a mandatory certificate for many organizations in the fresh produce trade. To support users in monitoring this certification, various developments have been made in GreenCommerce.
The Datawarehouse package has been one of the most popular extensions of GreenCommerce for years. Through extensive dashboards and reports, fresh produce companies can make decisions based on data. Since the release of the Watermelon version, a new component has been added that provides insight into different facets of the sales result.
The developments of the QC App are at an increasingly advanced stage. From the Watermelon release, GreenCommerce users will be redirected to a new portal. This portal makes it possible for third parties to view inspection reports without the need for a login.
The fresh produce industry is constantly changing. We see more and more innovations being developed. In conversation with Martijn van Andel, one of the founders of jem-id, we find out which trends in the field of digitization we should keep an eye on.
With the FreshBabel connection between Gilad Produce and Coöperatie Hoogstraten, digital messages about the product, loading and tracing can be exchanged without having to type data or make a call.
Earlier this year, the transition from FreshTracker to the QC App was initiated, with FreshTracker users transitioning to the QC App in phases. Now new developments have been added to standardize the process around controlled inspection and re-inspection in GreenCommerce. An interesting extension of the inspection application, especially for fruit and vegetable companies that work with external warehouses and/or inspectors.
From the end of 2023, it will be mandatory to send a phytosanitary certificate when exporting, among other things, fruit and vegetables to the United Kingdom. In collaboration with Quality Produce International, Marni Fruit and Growers United, JEM-id has started a research for new developments in GreenCommerce. Several specific developments have emerged from this research that ensure that fresh produce companies are well prepared for the next Brexit phase.
Complex implementations are not new for team AGF. This year a number of new companies have gone live with the GreenCommerce software and the next are coming up. Soon it will be Greenco's turn; an international grower and packer of snack vegetables, known by the Tommies. Before they can go live, it was necessary to make a number of developments regarding the registration and recording of pallet weights.
The Vanilla version contains several new developments to expand the process around certificate management. Quality employees increasingly have to deal with the processing of certifications, also from suppliers and the underlying producers. It is important that this information is presented in a clear manner so that the chance of errors is minimized.
Koppert Cress has digitized important daily work through GreenCommerce. The organization makes additional use of FreshBabel, with which they have a digital connection with their customers. This makes retyping unnecessary, orders are processed faster and reliability increases.
JEM-id has successfully completed four impactful implementations in the first quarter of 2022 at Marni Fruit, BIO-Center ZANN, African Growers Cooperation U.A. and Harva International. The GreenCommerce implementations were started after extensive inventories and intensive preliminary processes. After that, the implementations were divided into phases and supplemented with training courses so that the biggest challenges were tackled before the live runs.
In conversation with Jeroen (Product owner) and Robin (Developer and process architect), we talk about the past period and look ahead to the second quarter. In this sprint update, we delve into the preparatory process and reveal a tip; what can users expect in the near future?
A new link between GreenCommerce and Work IT Packaging has been realized for Looye Kwekers. The tomato grower has been working with GreenCommerce for years to manage commercial business processes. Because Looye Kwekers was going to use the new Work IT software, a new link to GreenCommerce was required to allow both systems to communicate with each other.
In 2022, a new technical update was planned for our linked grower platform GreenXchange. To be able to continue developing, an update in the front-end of GreenXchange was required.
After an intensive period in which 'mutual communication' and 'cooperation' are the key words that characterize the project, the project successfully went live in the second week of January. With the project, JEM-id has set up a structure that makes it possible for the customer in the future to easily link with customers and suppliers.
GreenCommerce's new roadmap for 2022 is live. After a number of intensive brainstorming sessions, 4 themes have been formulated that will be focused on for this year. These themes form the basis for developments that will be made or that will go live in 2022.
We are currently busy making FreshTracker future proof. With the arrival of GreenCommerce Apps , plans have been made to integrate FreshTracker into this. The next step has been taken towards a new GreenCommerce App that focuses on quality management for fresh produce companies; the Quality Control (QC) App.
Recently, in collaboration with Marni Fruit, new developments have been made in the process of certifications in the fresh produce software package GreenCommerce. Marni Fruit recently opted for GreenCommerce and is currently in the middle of the implementation process.
The Tomato release will soon be available to all GreenCommerce users. The Tomato version will be the last version of 2021 and is therefore a mandatory release. An important improvement that every user will notice is the new detail panel in the purchase order overview. The new detail panel provides additional insight into the batch details of the product to be purchased.
Developments in the market follow each other at a rapid pace. In order to align the developments that are being tackled in GreenCommerce, a roadmap has been drawn up in which specific topics are tackled by means of themes.
It is important for BE Fresh Produce to offer customers the best service and products. They can do this through good cooperation with a team of professionals and automation of daily business processes via the fresh produce software package GreenCommerce. Both are indispensable and play a major role in the growth of the company.
Traceability plays a major role in the efficient organization of business processes. That is why JEM-id has developed the 'Scanning in the greenhouse' project for Growers United and its growers. This solution ensures that the organization gains direct insight into production progress and traceability. To visualize this process, JEM-id has made a video in collaboration with Growers United.
A new quality link has recently been realized that allows inspection and testing application QC One to link with fresh produce software GreenCommerce. With the link, fresh produce companies that carry out quality checks with QC One can quickly create inspections of different parties and request this information in GreenCommerce.
With the GreenCommerce Elements package, fresh produce companies get control over their entire packaging stock and the associated financial administration. New developments have recently been made in GreenCommerce's Elements package, which means that the extension fits in even better and is integrated in the fresh produce software.
There are quite a few barcodes in circulation within the fresh produce industry. In addition to the product labels, there are also box labels and pallet labels. Recently, a development has been done in FreshTracker, which makes it possible to validate and approve the quality of these barcodes. The barcode can be scanned with the camera of the device on which the application is installed. So the inspector can indicate whether a barcode can be scanned and if it is correct.
JEM-id introduces a new lite concept of GreenCommerce, called GreenCommerce Essentials. GreenCommerce Essentials contains a selection of software package GreenCommerce and thus offers users the same quality and reliability for the most used functionalities.
In addition to the Sales App, we have now started developing the Purchase App, making purchasing functionalities also available within GreenCommerce Apps. With the arrival of the Purchase App, the commercial process for fresh produce companies is covered in GreenCommerce Apps.
In addition to the Sales App, software company JEM-id has now started developing the Purchase App, making purchasing functionalities also available within GreenCommerce Apps. With the arrival of the Purchase App, the commercial process for fresh produce companies is in the basics covered in GreenCommerce Apps.
From the Quince release it is possible in every overview screen to enable selection totals via the column selector. In addition to the column totals, you can now easily see from a selection of lines what the selection total is and what the column total is. Very useful for adding numbers or prices, for example.
Many fresh produce companies have had to deal with new rules for the export of products to the UK. For this reason, we have made new developments, so that VAT-related matters can be processed correctly and export data is automatically sent to the Quality Control Bureau (KCB), customs agents, transporters and import brokers, without having to manually enter them into their system. This expansion saves exporters extra administration, time and costs.
By adding IT solutions, we want to contribute to maintaining the global pioneering role of the Dutch fresh produce industry. That is why we continuously look at trends, the influence it has on the industry and how we as JEM-id deal with this, this time we discuss: 'Digitization and data'.
Over the past years, we have been busy with preparations to turn GreenCommerce into an online application. The time has come for the next step for GreenCommerce, by means of GreenCommerce Apps. Recently, the pilot started for the Sales App and the first test results predict a positive course for the rest of the process.
In the Q-release, an alteration will be made to the current Transporter-filter in the 'goods received' screen. In the new situation, purchase order lines will look at the transporter who will ultimately deliver the goods.
By adding IT solutions, we want to contribute to maintaining the global pioneering role of the Dutch fresh produce industry. That is why we continuously look at trends, the influence it has on the industry and how we as JEM-id deal with this, this time we discuss: 'Food safety, transparency and sustainability'.
You have probably not missed the news about the Brexit. The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020. This makes the UK, after the transition period, a so-called "third country". Just as for exports to other countries outside the European Union, it is likely that there will be more rules for exports to the UK. Do you have a lot of trade contact with the UK? Or are you going to work with other customs systems? Then it is important to actively seek preparations now.
Data plays a more important role in many organizations. It is almost impossible to imagine life without Business Intelligence. The most well-known forms that are used are extensive reports and dashboards. There are several tools on the market that are good at visualizing data, such as Microsoft's Power BI.
Are you as a fresh produce company looking for a new software system? Do you choose an 'all-in-one' ERP package, where as many functionalities as possible are packed in one package, or do you choose a 'Best of breed' solution, where different, separate (often specialist) applications are integrated with each other? This blog lists the differences between these two types of software strategies.
In the third quarterly release of 2020, the Orange release, several developments have been added that can make your working methods faster and easier. In the next update we will highlight a development for processing multiple decimal numbers in a calculation field.
The third quarterly release of 2020 is the Orange version. The release also comes with a development in which a filter of the item main group has been added in multiple screens.
By adding IT solutions, we want to contribute to maintaining the global pioneering role of the Dutch fresh produce industry. That is why we continuously look at trends, the influence for the industry and how we deal with this as a JEM-id. In upcoming updates we will take you along in our vision on various trends, starting with: "specialization".
The second quarterly release of 2020 is the Nectarine release. The release comes with a development for withdrawing usage of an order. This makes it possible to withdraw several lines of the order usage at once. An option has also been added to withdraw the total usage of an order.
The FreshTracker quality control application has been developed for GreenCommerce users for fresh produce companies that have to inspect products and guarantee food safety. With this application, inspection reports can be drawn up and results can be shared throughout the chain so that traceability is optimally guaranteed.
We were visiting Euro West and had a nice chat with Stefan van Marrewijk. Within Euro West, Stefan is mainly concerned with food safety and certifications. He is also the person who is engaged in optimizing the use of GreenCommerce. Together with Bart Bellemans (operational manager) they are continuously looking at how processes / working methods can be improved so that they can stay ahead.
The Mango release also improves the process of scheduling purchase and sales orders for transport or shipment. Previously, it was already possible to choose to plan a line in an existing transport order when planning transport. To make this process faster and more user-friendly, we have made it clearer which transport order contained the other lines of the order. As a user you want to be able to see at a glance which transport order already contains purchase or sales order lines, so that the new line(s) can easily be added.
Recently, GreenCommerce user Timerfruit and Karsten Suiderland Logistics (KSL) have further professionalised the collaboration by digitally connecting each other's systems. In this way, both parties are able to exchange data about logistical processes such as expected goods, production and shipment fully automatically with each other, resulting in a major efficiency improvement. The real-time link between the two parties is established through the use of FreshBabel as a medium to exchange information with each other.
The Mango release contains a new development that optimizes the process of splitting off mixed pallets. When splitting off a mixed pallet, the original pallet with the pallet number will be retained in the new situation. So a new pallet with a new pallet number will be created for what you will eventually consume or ship. Just like when splitting off a "none-mixed pallet"!
The Mango release also comes with a logical improvement in the emailing of documents from GreenCommerce. As a follow-up to the standardization of GreenCommerce, we have now set up all screens where system documents could be e-mailed in the same way.
AGRO Merchants Westland and The Grape Hub recently exchanged digital messages with each other via FreshBabel Messenger. This link ensures that both companies no longer have administrative actions regarding the processing, receival, production and shipment of goods. Both companies are talking about a major breakthrough since the link went live.
The end of 2019 is in sight. That is why we want to look back one more time at a year in which great developments were made with the aim of making your work just that little bit easier.
For pick lists with the "shipment schedule" type, we have added a new function for creating or selecting active construction pallets. In addition, we added a new tab for fust to gain more insight during the repacking process.
Are you an importer of a fresh produce company and do you want optimal control over your transit stock? Do you want to be able to fully monitor the preparation of the containers and purchase on commission? Then the Importers package can save you a lot of time!
For the best soft fruit you have to go to "the berry specialists", or Angus Soft Fruits, in Ridderkerk. Angus Soft Fruits has been working with GreenCommerce since 2017 to efficiently register all processes, from purchasing to invoice. Colleagues Jimmy and Jill interviewed Amy at Angus Soft Fruits.
The handling of customs will become a major challenge for fresh produce companies after a Brexit when trading with the United Kingdom (UK). That is why we have developed an integrated customs service connection, whereby customs declarations can be communicated to customs agents and transporters via one single button.
Recently, steps have been taken for collaborations between GreenCommerce and external warehouses. After the success of the digital message flow around orders and invoices, an internal logistics connection has now also been developed, in which many communication moments between the warehouse and operations are replaced by a digital message flow.
Data is the new fuel for most businesses. Those who retrieve the right data and know how to use it correctly, will find meaningful overviews that could lead to cost reductions and faster working methods. With help of the ‘Datawarehouse package’ or the new Lite-version of this package, GreenCommerce data will be clearly visualised in dashboards and reports. Businesses can easily choose the right path based on this information.
The connection to retailers often takes place through the exchange of EDI messages, whereby intermediaries are called in to make the translation to the format of retailers. These processes to set up EDI connections do not always run smoothly and can also cost a lot of money; that shouldn't be the only possible way ...
We think there is a great opportunity here to make the sales process more efficient. By making the price lists available online as an order form, orders can be placed immediately as soon as a buyer has entered the desired quantities.
Many companies in the fresh produce industry deal with different types of packaging/fust on a daily basis, such as packaging materials and pallets. The newly developed fust module in GreenCommerce ensures that both types of companies have full control over the entire packaging stock and the associated financial value.
You can work in two different ways within GreenCommerce when it comes to inspections and quality control. The first way is the inspection module with which a user directly enters inspection data into the system. The second way is to register inspection reports via FreshTracker inspection application and to retrieve the results from your own system. Users work via an app with which barcodes can be scanned, after which the registration of an inspection starts.
Work in warehouses is still often carried out using many paper lists. Changes in orders or productions are often difficult subjects and cause difficulties in mutual communication. It is time for us to look for improvements and a next step in digitization, specifically aimed at the processes that take place in warehouses.
The Courgette release brings several interesting developments specifically targeted at importers. For this release the focus has been on the registration as well as the logistic handling of containers. Until now it was not easy for importers to properly document and monitor the preparatory stage of purchase. Read more about the new developments.
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