( Courtesy Zest Labs )

Ag tech company Zest Labs has updated its Zest Fresh platform with three new modules to make it easier for suppliers, foodservice operators and retailers to test and deploy its offerings.

Zest Fresh uses real-time data streaming and autonomously collected sensor data, which “empowers the IoT-enabled supply chain,” according to a news release.

“Until Zest Fresh, suppliers and retailers lacked a solution that provides real-time, pallet-level data and insights, helping improve their post-harvest and fresh supply chain operations,” Peter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs, said in the release. “The new Zest Fresh modules further extend our ability to positively impact their business and provide a rapid ROI by helping them reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and ensure delivered freshness.”

The three new modules, according to the release, are:

  • Insights: Measures produce shelf-life variability to reveal where fruits and vegetables lose shelf life, giving retailers data to improve the consistency on the shelf and reduce waste. Insights evaluates produce samples on-site, giving a daily assessment to determine shelf-life.
  • Metrics: Provides suppliers and retailers more control of the fresh produce supply chain, using sensors to track and monitor pallets from the field to the store. It provides a visibility that helps ensure products being shipped meet predefined process and quality metrics, according to the release.
  • Optima: Incorporates the Zest Intelligent Pallet Routing Code, which uses predictive analytics to determine the remaining shelf life of products and optimize distribution as it moves through the supply chain.

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