Zest Labs has announced the availability of new modularized components of its Zest Fresh™ solution for growers, packers, processors, shippers, restaurants and grocers. All modules are built on the Zest Fresh platform. The new modules are Zest Fresh Insights, Zest Fresh Metrics and Zest Fresh Optima. The company said said its platform provides fresh food companies across the supply chain with insights to improve operations and manage freshness at the pallet level.
“Until Zest Fresh, suppliers and retailers lacked a solution that provides real-time, pallet-level data and insights, helping improve their post-harvest and fresh supply chain operations,” said Peter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs. “The new Zest Fresh modules further extend our ability to positively impact their business and provide a rapid ROI by helping them reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and ensure delivered freshness.”
The new components are described by the company as follows:
"Zest Fresh | Insights measures produce shelf-life variability and provides awareness and understanding into where shelf-life is lost, what factors are potentially impacting shelf-life, and the changes needed to improve shelf-life consistency, reduce waste and increase product margins. It uses a unique product retention process that collects and evaluates produce samples at the customer’s facility, assessing them daily to determine produce shelf-life variability."
"Zest Fresh | Metrics improves product margin and reduces waste by providing suppliers and retailers improved operational visibility and control of their fresh food supply chain. It uses innovative IoT sensors and powerful SaaS-based data analytics to track and monitor produce at the pallet level in real-time, from field to store, providing visibility that helps validate the products being shipped meet the predefined process and quality metrics. Zest Fresh | Metrics also helps identify and prioritize pallets based on both harvest quality and process adherence to match long and short transit times."
"Zest Fresh | Optima further improves the fresh food supply chain to maximize margin and deliver freshness. The next-generation solution for the fresh supply chain, incorporating the industry’s first freshness metric, the Zest Intelligent Pallet Routing Code (ZIPR Code), uses powerful predictive analytics to dynamically determine the remaining shelf life of product and optimize distribution as it moves through the fresh supply chain to ensure that every pallet of produce meets the customers’ freshness requirements."
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