Riveridge Produce Inc., Sparta, Mich., created and implemented its own inventory management system with a “retail style” to use in their orchards.
“We have creative, technology-minded staff who borrowed some ideas from the retail sector and adopted them for use in Riveridge orchards,” said Don Armock, chief executive officer of Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc., in a news release.
The apple grower-shipper plans to use their newly developed technology to simplify record keeping in the upcoming Michigan crop — which is expected at around 30 million bushels, according to a Riveridge news release. The system should also improve records for workers at harvest.
“Similar equipment may be in use around the country, but ours was custom-adapted to be weather-proof and give us real-time data about what’s coming in from the orchards on an hourly basis,” Armock said. “This innovation also strengthens our food safety traceability program by having our crew leaders input data for each bin harvested on hand-held wireless devices that are communicate directly with our office computers.”