Our Client - A Global Multi-Billion Dollar Fruit Company

This Northern California-based berry propagation-to-plant company is one of the largest plant growing operations in the country. As a family-owned company with over 100 years under their belt, they are passionate about growing plants that produce premium fresh berries. They offer exclusive berry recipes for all menu needs.

Their Problem – Over-production to Mitigate Risk

Our client lacked the technology to help them efficiently manage the nursery operations. The workers relied on Access, Excel and other manual processes to track key information relevant to breeding and production.

Plants for cloning are grown on a smaller scale to help cultivate desirable traits. Years of development go into a plant strain before a plant is deemed ready for large scale breeding (for use in berry production). Our client did not have a centralized system to track inventory and needed visibility into inventory reporting. The company had a highly manual process of tracking a specific plant’s genealogy and identifying other plants with shared desirable traits. If one plant displayed undesirable traits, they need to discard all related plants – this ensures that the rejected strawberries are not sent to growing operations. This led to a high risk of mistakes, as well as a high rate of waste.

Our conversations uncovered an opportunity to save several millions of dollars by not having to produce 30 – 40% more plants than needed in case some were bad or demand grew unexpectedly. A custom system would allow them to better manage the risk in the nursery and reduce the number of excess plants to produce.

Our Solution – Plant Tracking System

The customized solution designed by alligatortek was simple, efficient, and intuitive. They now have a dashboard showing the health and status of the plants. They are able to perform clone evaluations, clone inspections, crop inspections and monitor insects. They now have the ability to create new plants individually or by batch and search, sort and filter. Labels Managers can also run reports using different selection criteria so they can easily extract the data they need.

While the web application was built exclusively for the Nursery using SQL, the project was so successful that the company has expanded alligatortek services across multiple divisions and departments. Since 2014 when the original application was created, alligatortek has continued to add in new functionality. The latest release of the program adds new functionality to an already robust application that helps the company continuously manage the operations of propagation to plants.

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