Jeftomson – Cold Storage, Transport and Produce

October 25th, 2013 by ironbark

Geoffrey Thompson Holdings  are a group of companies based in Shepparton Victoria Australia. The business includes orchards of apples and pears as well  a large packing operation,  with distribution to the large supermarkets. They trade as jeftomson .

Supporting this operation are cold storage and transport.

Each of these business uses specific strengths of Ironbark Software.

The transport operation services linehaul  to the Eastern state fresh produce  markets  of Australia  from their own pack house in Shepparton and direct from large farms in the region. The Ironbark application provides scheduling, mobile truck tablets and real time tracking and billing for the pickup from farms , consolidation  and transport to the markets. Contract transport (creditors), employees (payroll) and billing (debtors) are all with the Ironbark Financials.

The Cold storage operation comprises seven large chiller and frozen  cold room facilities used for storage of produce and  and third party suppliers for dairy, meat  and other frozen goods.

This operation uses Ironbark paperless WIFI scanning and web portals for supplier transparency of stock on hand and movements.

The system provides total stock  control to pallet and carton level (meat). All  stock movements and activities (re-stack/wrap etc) are tracked using mobile scanners. The system provides electronic ecommerce for inwards and outwards movements as well as integrated email to suppliers with glass POD signatures on inwards and outwards stock.

The end of  week billing is integrated with Ironbark Financials for total control of the process.

The Fresh produce applications of Ironbark provide jeftomson with full Pack house pallet stack and trace for fresh produe from JT farms and other  contributing growers. This system facilitates the distribution to markets,  payback to  growers for market returns and deducts all the associated costs (levies, freight, storage etc).

These systems are ecommerce integrated for the major supermarkets such as Woolworths and Coles.

The ecommerce modules allow for tracking the multiple order line variations that occur with large buyers to multiple Distribution Centres(DC) around Australia.

jeftomson chose  Ironbark for their track record with customers of  similar complexity and size,  integration with financials and ability to provide support and development.

The system replaces several other non-integrated (Financials and pack house ) providers.


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JAT Refrigerated Road Services Keeps It Cool with Ironbark Software

June 10th, 2010 by ironbark

Ironbark Software has innovated and developed ERP software for over three decades, providing and supporting flexible business management systems for dynamic, high growth companies in the Cold Chain Industry.

Cold Storage (3PL) operations have benefited from this experience and the result is a reliable, accurate and efficient system showcasing the latest innovations such as RF Technology for Scanning and Barcoding, POD digital signatures on Touch Tablets for
automatic transport dispatch manifests, etc…

Ironbark is also well experienced with Supplier/ Customer Web Portals and Supplier EDI Integration.

The Cold Storage industry has competitive low margins and is very reliant on efficient systems to reduce labour and stock losses. The need for very precise stock control and transparency of stock to the customer is critical.

The key to success is an efficient communication with Customers, Suppliers and Freight Inwards/ Outwards; with Ironbark Cold Storage Software, you will benefit from synergy and efficiency in the chain.

Case Study – JAT Refrigerated Road Services

JAT Refrigerated Road Services has grown from a small operation started in 1986 by John Azzopardi and his wife, Heather, to a well respected industry leader in the movement of chilled/ frozen and ambient freight in and out or North QLD and an emerging line haul provider to the Southern state’s.

With a modern fleet of 45 trucks and over 70 trailers, JAT provides its customers with a fast, efficient and cost effective transport and storage solution.

JAT has transport depots in Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Mackay and Sydney.

In October 2009, they moved into their own purpose built state of the art transport  and cold storage facility in Lytton, Brisbane. This facility enables them to service the  transport and storage needs of their existing customer base and position them well to cater for new customers in the future.

With the acquisition of this new warehouse came the decision to upgrade their software system and they have chosen to partner with Ironbark Software.

Ironbark Software have implemented a fully integrated 3PL Warehouse Management System complete with RF Technology for Scanning and Barcoding, for precise stock tracking, and a Supplier Portal, for the real time access to stock movements and invoicing information.

Wayne Azzopardi, Manager of Brisbane warehouse, says that they were looking for a better software package to support their growing business, something “that was easy to use” and “allowed them to keep track of stock on-line”. After implementation and training phases and once the team started to use the system on a daily basis, Wayne says “the system is quite easy to operate and working well with our operations… Our customers are impressed with the extra features that this program has to offer. Our human error mistake rate has pretty much gone… I have found Ironbark to be really helpful and definitively feel that we can call them at anytime. And nothing is ever a problem.”

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