Pack List Pro Reveals Advantages and Benefits of Its Harvest Management Platform
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Time is money. This statement rings true for many of us in the fresh produce industry. With more moving parts in today’s business operations than ever before, leading-edge and tech-forward companies are helping suppliers drive efficiencies in better, more productive, and cost-effective ways—especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ripple effects related to key employees having to work remotely.
Pack List Pro (PLP) is one such operation rising to the challenge and managing today’s multitude of moving parts. As Jack Chance, Chief Marketing Officer, and Eric Kong, Chief Technology Officer, tell me, on average, their customers are struggling with over 150 unique pack style recipes, 15 different varieties of produce, and multitudes of disparate locations. Add in 10 different material suppliers, multiple field labor contractors, and sometimes depending on harvest, thousands of additional team members at any given time—organization in the supply chain becomes paramount. Pack List Pro allows a central platform to assemble these data points, bring them together seamlessly, and move them around accurately in moments, not hours.
“With key employees not being allowed into the office, our cloud-based software is more essential and advantageous than ever, minimizing difficulties, miscommunications, and rejections. In a nutshell, our system specializes in building and distributing daily pack plans,” Jack tells me. “Pack List Pro enables your sales and operations teams to save hours on planning harvest schedules by filtering out pack styles in relation to each retailer’s specifications. Doing so enables management to take control of their supply chain by providing a set of instructions to the packaging supplier, contractor, supervisor, crew, cold storage, grower, and trucker.”
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This high level of connectivity is essential for medium- to large-sized operations that need to keep their foot applied firmly to the gas while at the same time maintaining control of their organization.
“The complexity of pack styles has evolved over the years, and new styles are added each year. PLP has allowed us to be more efficient at communicating these vast arrays of potential packing needs to all employees involved and doing so in a timely manner,” Justin McGowan, Director of Administration, Anthony Vineyards, and PLP customer, shares with me.
The multifaceted solution takes the demands of the specific customer and aligns them with the ideal PLP solution.
“Pack List Pro customers can push and pull all pack list-related data into one cloud-based location, optimized across multiple device-types, to ensure those packaging specifications are met not only in the field and cold-storage where the labeling and packing begins, but all the way to its intended destination,” Eric expresses. “The platform is easy to integrate, and we introduce our customers to all functionalities and offer 24/7 support as well.”
Columbine Vineyards is another company tapping the PLP technology and vision.
“Pack List Pro has allowed our sales department to communicate more effectively and efficiently with both the field and operations department. We’re able to organize the list based on specific needs from customers without any confusion in the field. What would once take hours in the afternoon, now only takes a few minutes, thanks to Pack List Pro,” Alexandra Cody, Sales, Columbine Vineyards, and another PLP customer reveals to us.
The Pack List Pro team built their platform by spending an extensive amount of time with some of the country’s largest exporters of fresh produce in the world. They are continuously working with their customers to discover what works best for their operation.
“Pack List Pro is a program that was created from the inside out, we saw a need and provided a solution with the grower, for the grower. Due to my experience in the packaging industry being heavily based on fresh produce, I understand the increasing complexity of packaging styles and retailer mandated specifications. This has made me realize the pain points associated with my customers not having the ability to distribute accurate information in a timely basis. Before having a multifaceted tool to plan out harvest schedules, the traditional system was costing my customers a significant amount of money and time every season, along with potential reputational loss that could never be recovered with their customers,” Founder, Tracey Chance, reflects.
Tracey has been a part of the farming industry for over 20 years, working to supply materials in the printing and packaging business. His entire career has been spent working hand-in-hand with farmers who field- and house-pack fresh produce.
With a vision to innovate for all, Tracey and his team are taking the Pack List Pro Harvest Management Platform to the industry in full-force.
In an industry where every minute of time has a cost associated with it, you can be assured that Pack List Pro will make every second count.