Agriculture

Local Roots

Local Roots

We design, build, deploy and operate the world’s most productive indoor farming solutions. We believe the key to a more sustainable future requires eliminating supply-chain risks and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. That’s why our Local Roots Family is building a distributed network of cutting-edge farms throughout the world to grow the freshest, healthiest food possible.  We bring the Farm to you. We deliver turnkey TerraFarms, to your location, operated by our experienced farming team.   +MORE

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Innovation is for Distribution too

Gary Hawkins, CEO, Advancing Retail

Retail industry conversation about innovation inevitably focuses on the brick & mortar store, eCommerce, or consumer-facing technologies. Meanwhile, the staid distribution center is undergoing its own transformation.  I can remember when voice-guided picking was the new thing and how space-age it seemed to have order pickers being directed by the computer behind the headset each person wore. Today, that kind of technology has become boring when we see the robotics and automation that is sweeping across distribution centers. There are case-picking robots, piece-picking robots, robots that bring merchandise to humans, and even completely automated distribution centers. Drone technology has warehouses too, with different solution providers tackling slotting errors, out-of-stocks, and other operational issues.  Some wholesalers and distributors are even acting as outsourced eCommerce fulfillment centers for their retail customers, orders being passed from the retailer’s online ordering site to the distribution center for fulfillment to the customer’s home.  And while maybe not as sexy as robotics, the latest AI and machine learning powered optimization technologies are providing significant value to distribution centers as nearly everything can be optimized, from slotting layout to order picking, in-bound product deliveries to out-bound deliveries, and even the delivery routes. AI and machine learning tech is tailor made for demand forecasting and inventory optimization as the distribution center level. The CART team is seeing all this and more as we coordinate Innovation Program events for larger, self-distributing retailers and for significant wholesalers and distributors across different product lines and categories.  If you’re a self-distributing retailer or a dedicated wholesaler / distributor give CART a call to learn about what’s new. And if you’re a solution provider relevant to distribution, check in with us to learn about the Innovation Program events we’ve got coming up.  +MORE

Retailers: How do you evaluate new innovative solution providers?

Gary Hawkins, CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology

I see a lot of solutions that focus on the fast moving consumer goods retail sector - retail like supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores, and discount stores. And when I say a lot I mean hundreds and even over a thousand solutions each year. And while many of these solution providers are challenged to effectively and efficiently communicate their value proposition, retailers can do more to help. Technology providers love to talk about features and functions, about how what they have built uses the latest hot technologies, and so on. Retailers would be well served to help focus the presenter on: 1)  What problem is the solution provider solving for the retailer or what opportunity is being presented? 2)  Get the solution provider to clearly call out what resources are required from you the retailer to deploy the solution? 3) How is the solution provider pricing their capability? Can they provide you an ROI calculation? Is it based on real experience at other retailers? 4) Can the solution provider give you a referral from another retailer who has used their solution? 5) For very young companies and startups, explore their level of resources and funding. The last thing you need is to get excited about some new capability only to find the solution provider lacks the wherewithal to deploy all your stores. Lastly, and you can do this early in your meeting, seek to understand if the solution provider knows your business. We encourage solutions to visit the retailer’s stores before any meeting to gain an understanding of how the stores operate, etc. Solution providers seeking to sell you something that fail to understand your business are sending a signal. +MORE

5 Ways Big Data Can Improve the Customer Experience

Ashley Lipman, Content Marketing Specialist, OutreachMama

Staying on the cutting edge of technology is important for most business owners. Over the past few years, there has been a definite shift towards data-driven marketing and customer service. Companies around the world spend about $57 billion on data technology each year. Once you have gathered data from your clients, figuring out how to use it is challenging. One of the best ways to use this information is to improve the customer experience. Focusing on making your customers happy will allow you to keep them loyal for years to come. Here are some of the ways big data can be used to improve the customer experience. 1. Data Can Be Used to Target Your Marketing Developing a successful marketing strategy is one of the most challenging parts of being a business owner. The only way to make this process easier is by using the power of customer data. Looking at metrics like click-through rates can give you an idea of what your audience responds to. Failing to understand who your audience is and what they want can lead to lots of problems with marketing. Many businesses use customer sales and geolocation data to target their audience. Providing customers with coupons or sales information based on this data can help you increase your bottom line. Understanding more about the data and how to use it is easy with a bit of research. If you are looking for more information about creating predictive models with the data you have collected, check out this DaniWeb post.   2. Avoid Problems When Customers Contact Your Company For most business owners, taking calls or answering emails from customers is something they do daily. If you are looking for a way to improve customer calls, then monitoring metrics like how long it takes your team to handle these calls is important. Usually, a business owner will see problems based on these metrics and devise a plan to fix them. Sometimes, training your team on how to handle this type of customer communication can remedy any issues you may be dealing with. 3. Take Customer Feedback Seriously When collecting consumer data, don’t forget to look at the various reviews your business has received. If you see the same complaint from consumers, chances are you need to address this problem. With all of the different online reputation management programs on the market, staying updated on any negative reviews about your company is easy. Using this data to improve the customer experience is essential when trying to achieve long-term success in your industry. 4. Appealing to Consumers on an Emotional Level Some of the most successful marketing campaigns on the planet use emotion to convey their message. Finding out how your audience feels about certain topics is important when trying to develop a winning marketing campaign. Finding this information is easy if you look at data from social media comments, call transcripts or even surveys you have conducted. This data may show that you need to soften your language or tone when marketing to certain parts of your audience. Using a one-size-fits-all approach to marketing will create lots of issues. Therefore finding out more about how your audience feels is so important to developing a customized plan of attack. 5. Track the Success of Certain Products or Services As a business owner, you will be required to make important decisions regarding the direction of your company regularly. Trying to make these decisions based on a “gut feeling” is a bad idea. When trying to figure out what products or services you need to invest more money into promoting, be sure to look at the data you have collected. Not only can you find out how popular a product or service is with sales data, you can look online to see what your customers are saying about them as well. Providing your audience with what they want is a recipe for success. Using Data is a Must For Modern Business Owners Trying to gain a competitive edge in your industry is impossible without the use of data. With the help of customer data, you can figure out where you need to improve and how to increase the number of quality sales leads being generated. +MORE

AgShift

AgShift

AgShift is designing world's most advanced autonomous food inspection system using deep learning.  Our solution, based on patented deep learning models, autonomously inspects produce and other commodities for defects. It does quality assessments and makes judgements as per USDA specifications or your organization's quality requirements.  Our solution augments manual inspections - providing objective, consistent and standardized quality assessment across the organization - every single time.  We save organizations millions of dollars in recovery costs and loss of brand reputation due to inconsistent food quality.  Our solution delivers the biggest impact on reducing global food waste. +MORE

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Full Harvest

Full Harvest

Full Harvest is the first B2B marketplace for ugly and surplus produce.  We connect food & beverage companies with farms to buy surplus & imperfect produce. +MORE

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BluWrap

BluWrap

FRESH, QUALITY PROTEINS. NATURALLY EXTENDED SHELF LIFE BluWrap provides technology and solutions that naturally extend the shelf-life of perishable proteins.  It uses its patented, oxygen management techniques to create and maintain an all-natural, controlled atmosphere environment that suspends time so that fresh fish and other proteins can be transported virtually anywhere in the world without the need for ice, environmentally harmful polystyrene, or expensive airfreight. With its technology, BluWrap is revolutionizing fresh protein supply chains worldwide. Suppliers can ship fresh protein products by ocean freight, rather than by airfreight, and still deliver a fresh, high quality product to its customers.  HERE'S HOW: What most people don’t realize is that oxygen and temperature – not time – is what threatens freshness.  Thankfully, scientists have developed ways to help overcome the effects of oxygen and temperature to prolong storage, and that’s where BluWrap comes in. BluWrap uses fuel cells to actively reduce and consistently monitor oxygen while the product is shipped in refrigerated containers, extending the shelf life of fresh proteins well beyond 40 days. BluWrap’s patented technology maintains a consistent atmosphere and provides transparency throughout the supply chain by continually tracking temperature and oxygen through built-in sensors. The bottom line is that controlled atmosphere technology packaging solutions combined with sea freight provides a viable alternative to traditional methods of shipping. It eliminates the constraints of time on freshness by modifying the atmosphere, has less of an impact on the environment, and enables suppliers to reach previously inaccessible markets. +MORE

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Clear Labs

Clear Labs

A 3-in-1 solution for Listeria detection, persistence monitoring and environmental mapping  Clear Safety / Clear Transparency / Whole Genome Sequencing Explore our unique tests that transform food systems with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)  CLEAR SAFETY Food Safety Reimagined Clear Labs offers the only automated and intelligent next-generation sequencing platform built for food safety testing.  More Than Just a Test PCR, culturing, and antigen-based tests tell you whether a pathogen is present or absent. Clear Safety is much more.  Tunable Characterization Clear Safety enables deep molecular characterization of pathogens, with just the amount of information needed for your safety program. You can choose to drill down to serotypes, strains, or whole genome sequences based on the application need.  Persistence Monitoring  Traceback Analysis  Serotyping  Multi-Target Analysis With Clear Safety, you can efficiently screen an array of pathogens, increasing throughput and reducing costs  Test multiple pathogens Reduce Costs  Automation Clear Safety’s automation guarantees reproducibility and reduces hands-on labor and error potential.  Robotic Pipetting Sample Barcoding  Superior Accuracy Clear Safety’s accuracy sharply reduces false negatives and positives, curtailing recall risks, operational costs, holding time, and short-shipping penalties.  >99.9% Accuracy for Genus-Level Screening  Eliminate Operational Inefficiencies  Reduce Risk of Recalls  Fast Turnaround Time With Clear Safety, you can reduce costs, and the platform’s fast turnaround time keeps your inventory shipments moving.  React Faster Within 24 hours, find out Salmonella serotype information and take action. Withing 36 hours results for Listeria, not only do you get screening results, but you also have access to persistence monitoring information and mapping visualization. Environmental Mapping Visualize your environmental test results so that you can better understand contamination incidents and take more informed corrective actions.  Create Floor Plans and Sample Sites Visualize Contamination Incidents  Trace the Flow of Pathogens Over Time CLEAR TRANSPARENCY Authenticity Validate ingredient and product authenticity GMO Identify all known GMP's in a single test Microbiome Build better, healthier products with micobiome testing for metagenomics analysis +MORE

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Komatsu Forklifts

Komatsu

KOMATSU FORKLIFTS U.S.A. At Komatsu we have a long heritage of building heavy-duty, high quality equipment for our customers. Founded in 1921 in Komatsu City, Japan, Komatsu is a global leader in equipment design and manufacturing, and is the second largest manufacturer in the world with 25 plants globally. Our forklifts are designed using our heavy equipment expertise to provide durable and dependable performance throughout their lifetime, providing our customers with greater value through lower costs of operation, day-after-day. Komatsu Forklift makes a wide variety of forklifts to meet a diverse number of application needs. In addition, we provide world class aftermarket support and fleet management programs to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations. +MORE

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GO2 Partners

GO2 Partners

GO2 Partners advances your business by offering customized marketing and operational solutions. Marketing Specialties Develop a more effective approach to communication and promotion. Operations Specialties Achieve greater efficiency with innovative products and programs. +MORE

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Robocom

Robocom Systems International

Supply Chain Management Software Configured to Fit your Needs  Warehouse Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Software that Cuts Costs and Delivers Maximum Benefits Robocom is a supply chain software company. Our products focus on supply chain execution, from warehouse management, and transportation management to voice picking, labor management and delivery management and tracking. An enterprise transportation system and enterprise resource planning system round out our supply chain software offering.  Your cost of operations – the bottom line cost of your supply chain – is our primary concern. Our products improve accuracy, increase productivity in the warehouse and on the road, reduce transportation costs and provide crucial information to Supply Chain Managers and Executives. +MORE

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Automation Technology

Acieta

Robotics can build your business in ways you never thought possible. Investing in robotic automation is one of the highest ROI investments a manufacturer can make. But only 5% of manufacturers are aware of how flexible automation can work in enhancing their operations. In today’s competitive global manufacturing arena, using industrial robots is critical to many companies’ efforts to increase productivity and grow your business. As a leader in automation technology integration, Acieta has been helping North American manufacturers for more than 35 years with over 4,500 installed FANUC robots used for a variety of manufacturing applications. With our diverse manufacturing experience, we have designed and integrated automated robotic systems to increase manufacturer’s efficiency and maximize profitability. +MORE

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Zest Labs

Zest Labs

Zest Fresh Pallet-level Quality Management from Harvest to Store Empower workers with Zest real-time tools and alerts that improve efficiency while driving quality consistency through best practice adherence on every pallet. Pallet-level Time and Temperature Tracking Pre-Cool Prioritization & Monitoring Zest Intelligent Pallet Routing Real-time In-transit Monitoring Remote Visibility Freshness Quality Management Zest Delivery Dispatcher Monitoring Pre-staging Meals for On-demand Delivery Customer Satisfaction Delivery Food Safety   +MORE

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Real-Time Rainfall Prediction

WaterView

Real-time information about rainfall spatial and temporal patterns are fundamental in many fields, such as civil protection, precision farming, transport safety, or outdoor sports. Traditional rain gauging networks, however, are usually too sparse to gather robust and precise information about rain. This is why we developed the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to collect large amount of rainfall data, in real time and with the same accuracy of traditional rain gauges. Its name is IR2. +MORE

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Greenhouse Farms for Supermarkets

BrightFarms

BrightFarms designs, finances, builds and operates hydroponic greenhouses at, or near, grocery retailers, cutting time, distance and cost from the produce supply chain. We enable supermarkets to revolutionize their supply chains in a way that is better for their profits, and for the planet.  +MORE

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Organic Grocery Delivery

Good Eggs

Good groceries, delivered. Shop local, organic produce, meat and fish, and delicious staples for next-day delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area. +MORE

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Agriculture Drones

Sentera

AGRICULTURE: NDVI drone packages + AgVault empower smart growing decisions INSPECTION: OnTop adds big data thinking to aerial and ground-based photographic inspections SAFETY: eyes on the ground when it matters the most ENHANCED INFRASTRUCTURE INSPECTION: sentera OnTop is the premier software platform supporting infrastructure inspection. The sentera OnTop platform puts you in control of your inspection process and photography.   OnTop keeps track of where and when your inspection photography was taken, automatically assigns it to the correct site and keeps track of what’s in the frame.   now you can build complete historical photography records of all your work at all your sites.   a mobile app and desktop client allow you access to your inspections wherever and whenever. With an OnTop subscription, you’ll never lose a photo or forget where it was taken ever again. NDVI + CROP HEALTH: our drone packages help farmers maximize the yield of every acre.  in just minutes, farm fields spanning hundreds of acres can be surveyed and problem areas quickly identified. Sentera drones + cameras are the simplest, most cost-effective way to collect color + NDVI imagery.   we offer solutions at all price points, from a low cost NDVI-upgraded Phantom 3, all the way to the high performance phoenix. We can upgrade your Phantom 3 and add NDVI capability. AgVault simplifies storage and organization of aerial field photography, processes NDVI, stitches field photos and makes sharing and exporting photos a snap. AgVault mobile allows growers to scout issues on the ground and store them alongside aerial imagery. DRONES: we deal in drones of all kinds, for every market. We offer the incredible line of DJI hardware, including the inspire & phantom families. We design and manufacture phoenix for customers demanding longer flight times and heavier payloads. We offer the Lockheed Martin indago, the most advanced quad-rotor platform on the market, for customers demanding the highest performance. PUBLIC SAFETY: we offer rugged, dependable drones and cameras for public safety and intelligence missions, day or night.   our team can get you flying border patrol, natural disaster relief, search + rescue or anywhere else that quick-response situational awareness is required. We have years of experience working with domestic and foreign governments.   we know the requirements and we know what it takes to be great partners. +MORE

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Online Farmers Markets

Farmigo

We believe you deserve to know where your food comes from. Farmigo partners receive 2 to 3 times more than farms that sell to typical supermarkets. In other words, our farmers and foodmakers are earning what their food is actually worth. The industrial food system has set a false standard, and to fix it, we all need to recognize real value — in the field and on our tables. Good food should never go to waste. Most grocery stores lose 40% of their inventory due to expiration and spoilage. Our model yields less than 3% food waste and we don't hold much inventory to ensure you're getting the freshest food in a responsible way. Our marketplace is only open for a few days each week because we need to give our farmers and foodmakers time to harvest or make exactly what you've bought — no more, no less. But, if we do have any extra, we donate to local food banks. We believe the best food is sustainably made. Our food is made with whole, clean ingredients, our produce is non-GMO and grown sustainably, and our livestock, poultry, and fish are raised or caught humanely and conscientiously. All of our partners are completely transparent about their operating practices. +MORE

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Hungryroot

Hungryroot

Rethink vegetables. Our mission is to unleash the flavor of vegetables, bring them to the center of your plate, and make them craveable. +MORE

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Top notch Mobile App Development Company in USA

Cerdonis Technologies LLC

Cerdonis Technologies LLC is a leading  Mobile, Web, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, UI & UX Development Company Based in the USA. We are specified and proficient in developing Mobile Apps.    +MORE

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