From Our Team To Yours…

We would not do what we do if it wasn’t for you, our clients. Though there are challenges in every project, our clients remain our priority. This year, we have added a few fresh faces and shifted some of the team around to new roles.

  • Dante Jones and Valerie Miranda are bringing their customer service skills to the team as new Product Support Specialists. They are and continue to be great additions to the team.
  • Tigen Bowman is steering the ship, keeping your development moving by managing the product support and programming teams as our On-Site Manager. She is bringing much needed structure to the organization.
  • Matt Shumaker joined the team as the Director of Operations and is assisting in new product development and operational oversight for NutStar itself.
  • Though Rhiannon McCullough is not a new face, her role has changed significantly. She has been as asset as an excellent product support specialist and we are excited to communicate that Rhiannon has helped shape and is now filling the role of Quality Assurance Analyst, making final checks to all development before it goes out to our clients.

Every staff member we have added is to better attend to your needs in your day-to-day operations. It is a thrill for us to be growing in order to serve you better.

Transform your warehouse into an efficient operation

With precise and real-time information, your days of lost inventory and inaccurate data are numbered. Literally.

Just last week, I was sitting at lunch with a client. While enjoying our Baja tacos and sipping a couple of brews, we chatted about the challenges of warehouse inventory. He lamented to me that just this last year, they had an undisclosed number of pounds of product that were moved to some dark recess of a warehouse and was promptly forgotten about. When they stumbled upon the lost inventory, they discovered that it had gone bad. They lost the entire batch due to a breakdown in their management system.

I’m sure many of you have relatable nightmares that you could share over a mug or two. We hear it time and time again- lost inventory due to negligence, misplacement, mis-categorization, mistakes and more. It goes without saying that lost inventory is lost profit. Therefore, plant managers and c-suite members are constantly looking for ways to mitigate loss and increase efficiency.

That’s why the Virtual Warehouse System was developed. To make sure that you never lose a bin or profit again. The system relies upon a powerful database software, NutWare, which helps warehouse personnel manage their inventory.

VWS takes management one step further by giving leadership teams as well as warehouse personnel real-time, pin-point accurate data with the added benefit of a 3Dimensional visual representation of the location of any bin with matching criteria. It makes pick lists truly accurate and has the potential to speed the process of picking by massive percentages.

QC Filters drive the data and the interactivity deeper into a robust reporting, management and traceability tool. When combined with the physical attributes of being able to automatically scan bin tags upon approach, 2 bins high and log location upon pull-away, VWS stands to transform your warehouse management system into a highly-effective and efficient operation.

Bringing The Future To Warehousing With Real Automation

We hear about it all of the time- Amazon and their automated warehouse robots buzzing in pre-determined synchronicity, storing items and retrieving them to be shipped to eager customers in seconds. It can sound other-worldly and high-tech enough to be movie-script worthy. Yet, it’s not that far-fetched, even in the tree nut industry.

Warehouse system automation uses software, machine learning, robotics and data analytics to automate tasks and procedures. For example, a developed pick list is generated with all of the bins needed to fulfill an order and users pick the first bins that match the pick list criteria, with exact locations, so warehouse workers perform at a much higher efficiency and warehouses themselves become higher-capacity with the possibility of greater scalability and improved performance.

And this is nothing new. This technology has existed for decades in many other iterations. Although, the tree nut industry poses some daunting challenges, like double-stacked loads and volume density issues. NutStar Software has spent nearly 3 years developing a system that works specifically for inventory management within the nut processing warehouse.

Some key innovations have been the development of a system that takes into account the fact that bins full of 5% water content plus the mass of kernels, meats and shells pose a barrier to consistent electronic signals. Our system allows the user to place a bin in any row, position and loft and autonomously track and position its content for future recall in a pick list or fulfill a job list query. This innovation eliminates the need for warehouse workers to manually log locations and contents. It also provides the user with the comfort of never leaving the seat of the forklift upon pickup or drop-off.

One of the most exciting innovations is the 2D and 3D pick list search as well as the QC filter functions. Both allow the user to search for specific categories or identify the exact location of a bin or a set of bins or super-sacks within desired parameters.

When coupled with the powerful grower purchasing, inventory management and sales tracking software, NutWare, the Virtual Warehouse System really comes alive and can be used to it’s full potential. Desktop users will be able to supply pick lists to their drivers with on-board touchpads, with displayed locations for the job. once the load is picked up and transferred to the desired location, the system automatically updates across the entire database, allowing for real-time updates and flawless traceability.

We will continue to innovate and bring you products, systems and solutions to help your operations become more efficient and profitable.