In the competitive produce industry, it’s important to operate as efficiently as possible, while maintaining a focus on quality. Produce grower-shippers are implementing and upgrading computerized systems to improve both aspects.
Bonipak Produce Co., doing business as Bonita Packing Co., Santa Maria, Calif., implemented a new warehouse management system in early 2012, said Don Klusendorf, director of sales and marketing.
“We’ve been able to manage workflow better,” he said. “The flow from harvest to cooling to shipment is smoother and more efficient.”
Saving time when shipping produce is important to maintaining produce quality, Klusendorf said.
In addition to helping the company operate more efficiently, the Microsoft-based customized system uses scanning to track produce from harvest to cooling and shipment. Bonipak is on pace with Produce Traceability Initiative standards, Klusendorf said.
“It puts us in a perfect position to execute all the requirements of PTI,” Klusendorf said.
Bonipak continues looking for other ways to operate more efficiently throughout the cycle of growing, harvesting, cooling and shipping.
“Because we have control of the entire process, we can continue developing new systems like our warehouse management system,” Klusendorf said.
Bonipak distributes a variety of Santa Maria-grown vegetables, including romaine hearts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, napa cabbage, cilantro and others, throughout the U.S. and into Canada and Mexico.