The Rhodes Food Group is rolling out TransLution at their finished product and dispatch processes at the Ready to Eat plant in Franschoek and will soon be extending the project to cover receiving of raw materials. TransLution is used to manage and track product movement through production, packaging and dispatch and to post transaction updates to Syspro. The Receiving phase of the project will implement scanning and weighing of pallets as they are received and posting receipt data to Syspro for GRN creation. The volumes of product moved means that it is not ideal to post transactions to Syspro in real time so the system will be implemented using our posting service to log all the transactions as they occur but then to sum the data and post it at a predefined interval in order to reduce ERP transaction volume.

Rhodes Food Group is a fast growing, internationally recognised food production and processing company that has been providing local and international markets with fresh quality products and premium brands at competitive pricing for over a century now. Their absolute dedication to providing world-class quality and service has seen the Group grow rapidly from its humble beginnings into the vibrant and diversified food business it is today. The focus on ‘soil to shelf’ quality control has earned the loyalty of both consumers and retailers both in South Africa and abroad.

Based in the Franschhoek Valley of South Africa, Rhodes Food Group runs several highly successful agricultural concerns and processing operations around the country. This focus on controlling quality levels from ‘soil to shelf’ has encouraged the growth of both divisions in the company: Rhodes Food which manufactures, markets and sells canned fruit and canned vegetables as well as their by-products such as jam and puree and the Fresh Foods division which includes ready meals, pasta, pies and a range of dairy products.

Rhodes Food chose AfriSoft and TransLution for this project because of our expertise in a number of other implementations in the Food and Beverage industry. This experience has given us an understanding of not only the use of scanning software in these environments but also an understanding of the issues related to dealing with fresh produce and managing grading and other issues related to this type of product.

Company Backgrounds:

TransLution™ software was developed to assist manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies to better manage their business processes and stock handling. The TransLution™ product is particularly focussed on robust integration to Syspro for a wide range of transactions. TransLution™ is distributed in Africa by AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd and in Europe by K3 SYSPRO.

AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1998 to serve the specialised needs of agribusiness, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies. AfriSoft provides consulting services for business improvement and distributes, implements and supports TransLution™, AGRIS™ and other business improvement software in Africa.