Zespri and Qrious developed a maturity clearance system in six short months, entirely futureproofed and ready for the new harvest season.
It is used by Zespri staff, packhouses, growers, and sampling and testing providers to perform the maturity clearance process. They all love the new, easy-to-use, web-based system, and integration with Zespri’s CRM means that users only see information relevant to their role.
With data firmly at the heart of its business, Zespri is reaping the benefits. The system delivers comprehensive views into its data via user–friendly dashboards, generating essential insights at every fruit maturity clearance cycle, and providing transparency and building trust through accurate on-time information.
“We can collaborate with our growers and packers to review and validate data, and make better business decisions, all in one place. That wasn't possible before,” says Scullin. “We can see trends appearing and address any issues or concerns around quality much sooner.”
The new system gives Zespri and its industry partners full control of the produce measurement and payment calculation process, and Zespri can perform ‘what if’ analyses across its key businesses.
Importantly, the new system automates the process for testing the quality of kiwifruit, making it simpler and faster to execute a complex process. A key step within the process is calculating the Taste Zespri Grade for each sample – a metric that assesses the kiwifruit quality, determines its value and recommends when the fruit should be picked. Automating this process means the calculation can be done for the grower in less than two hours.
Using the solution’s advanced reporting and visualisation capabilities, users enjoy a feature-rich, immersive reporting experience without leaving the system. The integrated approach allows users to interact with secured reports when browsing through the web page, delivering a seamless experience at a much lower cost.
Importantly, it’s a flexible solution. “By shifting the tool to the cloud, we have futureproofed ourselves. As we grow or shrink our operations, we can scale up or down, without the previous worries around performance or stability,” says Scullin.
“And as a growing international business, we’re inspired by the potential to use this tool with our offshore growers. Because it’s entirely cloud based, it’s an easy lift and shift. We have even built-in multi-lingual capability. The future looks exciting.”