RedBlack Software has this week launched an automated sales-based ordering system for retail bakers and food-to-go operators.
Cybake Instore claims to be able to cut waste and increase shop takings, as orders are “far more accurate” than those made by shop managers.
It also provides a solution for an old-age dilemma faced by bakers: how much they produce, or order in. By making or stocking too much they risk having to discard leftovers at the end of the day, but making or stocking too little can mean they run out of goods and miss out on sales.
Instore corrects staff assumptions about customers’ purchasing decisions while taking historical sales and usage data for items – or item-components such as sandwich fillers – to predict future order quantities. In addition, it provides reconciliation of what was delivered with what was sold through the tills, highlighting any variances between the two data sets.
The cloud-based technology, from York-based RedBlack, is the result of close collaboration between Cybake’s design team and RedBlack’s biggest customers in the British bakery and food-to-go (FTG) sectors. Major retailer Marks and Spencer uses its own customised version of the application in a selection of its in-store bakeries, RedBlack said.
It was introduced to the industry at Foodex this week.
RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler said: “At this year’s Foodex, we wanted to confirm our position as the number one authority in improving bakery management control. I believe that the launch of Instore goes a long way to achieving that.
“One of the most important decisions made by retail bakers or FTG operations is how much perishable stock to produce for the days ahead. Instore can ensure that bakers have the right amounts in the right shops at the right times. It balances out their ups and downs.”
RedBlack has also announced that it has become the exclusive UK reseller of weighing, ingredient control and traceability solutions from North American specialist SG Systems.
SG Systems’ V5 suite of recipe control, product labelling and warehouse management system solutions can help manufacturers to ensures that ingredients are measured and traced accurately and consistently, without costly giveaway or out-of-specification batches; manage inventory shipping, receiving and despatch; and easily generate shipping labels and delivery notes.
Tyler continued: “We’ve always worked towards delivering the ultimate end-to-end system for our customers. SG Systems’ V5 solutions give us the last piece of this puzzle – complete control over the shop floor.
“While SG Systems’ elegant applications interface perfectly with Cybake, they are best-of-breed in their own right. SG Systems’ software is not locked within expensive weigh-scale hardware. Its apps work on Windows-driven tablets, making them much less expensive than competing offerings and putting precision traceability within the reach of all bakers.”
Stuart Hunt, president of SG Systems said: “The management team at SG Systems has known the team at RedBlack for many years. During our search for a distributor for our V5 formula control and lot traceability solutions, they were the obvious choice.
“RedBlack has considerable experience in the craft bakery market in the UK, which is the prime area of focus for our product. We are delighted to begin this relationship and I wish them the very best of luck.”
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