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TECHNOLOGY

the recipe. And prep people never
underestimate, so invariably
there's waste. The other maybe
more serious repercussion is
that recipes then deviate from
standards."
At-Your-Service provides
customized versions of
ReciProfity for retail chains large
and small. Some customizations,
for example, can allow companies
to verify labels, nutritionals,
allergens, ingredient declarations
and other information.
The company's software
can be especially helpful for
purveyors of prepared foods, a
category that can be especially
difficult to monitor because
ingredients needs to be sorted by
weight, Starobin said. That can't
be done effectively without a
high-end software solution.

New for 2020
New in June, Jera is rolling out
a new iteration of its "What to
make when" suite of software to
help retail clients with production
management. The tools are
particularly important for
prepared foods sections that sell
hot-holding items (e.g. rotisserie
chickens), where knowing how
much product to have at the right
times is critical.
"We're so excited about it,"
Barrett said of the updated
package. "Taking the sales feed
in the hot grab-and-go category,
you'll have the ability in real
time to view what you need to
be making to satisfy upcoming
business needs - whether it's by
the hour, shelf life, 30 minutes,
whatever."
"What to make when" is mainly
designed for hot prepared foods,
but it's also good for cold graband-go, Barrett said.
Slowly but surely, he
added, grocery chains are
coming around to the idea of
becoming more tech-savvy

Taking the sales feed in the hot
grab-and-go category, you'll have the
ability in real time to view what you
need to be making to satisfy upcoming
business needs - whether it's by the
hour, shelf life, 30 minutes, whatever."
Wynne Barrett, Jera
when it comes to production
management and deli prepared.
The days of relying on Excel
alone are starting to fade.
The main issues are
theoretical use vs. actual use
and consistency, Barrett said.
When prepared foods are made
inhouse, it can be hard to ensure
consistency of product from one
store in the chain to the next.
Also new for Jera, the
company now offers it customers
software that connects with

web-enabled label printers that
helps address problems related
to implied waste - the gap
between what sales should have
been for the day, and what sales
actually were.
"It's able to create a forecast,
then you get a feed of exactly
what was made, then you
compare to what sales were for
the day," Barrett said. "It lessens
need for accurate employee
waste recording, which is always
bad - people are not good at

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entering, regardless of waste."
Forecasting technology has
seen significant improvements
in recent years, led by Amazon,
Barrett said.
"As those engines get more
sophisticated, it will be simpler
to factor in crises like pandemics,
hurricanes. Every few years
we have a lot groups in Florida
where a hurricane wreaks
havoc. Technology is advancing,
forecasting is improving, which
makes it easier."
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