The Taglog vineyard labour management system improves the efficiency for growers and the transparency for pickers, as it is scaling up to be rolled out across Australia. The system uses cloud-based technology to track the productivity of grape pickers in the field to ensure they are paid correctly while holding them accountable for the quality of their work.
Accessible through a mobile app, Taglog uses RFID (radio frequency identification), time and GPS stamps and displays them on a real-time operating platform that enables simple piece rate payroll and invoicing.
The startup has been spun out of Adelaide Hills viticulture services business Group Logistics, which is also known as GLOG. Field trials of the system began in 2014 after GLOG Managing Director Charles Rosback decided to move the company’s pickers from hourly rate to piecework payments to address productivity issues.
The initial Taglog system used QR codes to identify the buckets picked by individual workers but Rosback said this was problematic because the worker had no receipt of the work, such as a pop stick.
GLOG works with vignerons throughout the Adelaide Hills and surrounding regions as far north as Clare and south to the Coonawarra.
Labour hire licensing laws in effect since November 1st
The push for new clients coincides with the introduction of labour hire licensing laws, which came into effect in South Australia on November 1, and the lead up to the 2020 grape harvest.
Taglog was among seven wine tech startups to participate in the inaugural FOMENT program billed as ‘Australia’s wine and tourism tech revolution’ in Adelaide last month. Funded by the South Australian Government and hosted by Flinders University, Hydra Consulting and Wine Industry Suppliers Australia, the seven companies were put through an intensive three weeks focused on industry connection, market validation, global scaling and prototyping using Industry 4.0 processes.
Taglog has also established a presence at Stone & Chalk’s co-working space in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood.