Intake and Stock Management
For fish and seafood processors – unlike other sectors of the food processing industry, where raw material can be weighed to validate whether the weights supplied are correct – weighing boxes at intake will not provide a meaningful measurement. In addition to raw material, every box contains a high percentage of ice and water, therefore the processor has to rely on the pallet weight provided by the supplier.
SI’s (Systems Integration) specialist food software will capture meaningful data and ensures full traceability throughout the intake process.
Intake, the SI way
How it works:
- When the pallet weight is booked in against the supplier weight, a label is applied to provide the first point of traceability.
- Our software can record the different species and quotas within each catch, as required by the EU Common Fisheries Policy.
- Using the data captured at this point, a purchase order is generated.
- And, as all raw material intake will be accompanied by the relevant accreditations/approval certificates, these details will be scanned and digitally stored for traceability.
Fish stock management
Once the daily catches are sorted into different species and booked into stock, SI’s sales order processing (SOP) module can match orders to the fresh stock intake and available cold store stock to provide:
- A quick and accurate view of stock availability.
- Highlight whether there is too much stock of one species and not enough of another to fulfil orders.
- A view, by product code, of any other seafood caught in the batch.
With real-time information enabling decision-making, the operations team can determine whether to source more stock, change plans to put excess stock into cold storage or alert sales to contact potential customers.
Supporting sustainability of the fishing fleet
Our software not only simplifies matters for the fish processor, but also for the skippers. If the processor is categorising the catch, our software also captures the shelf life. With clear visibility of stock, real-time decisions can be made for anything that will not be part of a production run.
- Seafood – such as octopus, can be quickly sold on rather than having to downgrade or written off as waste.
- Exotic fish can be sold to supermarkets as part of a fish box, to be sold on directly on the fish counter in stores.