APAL cool store stock system (AP09048)
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What was it all about?
Apple & Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) collect industry apple and pear cool store stocks monthly and provide reports to industry. This is a continuing service delivered by APAL for industry against industry priorities.
Coolstore stock data is important data for managing crop flow.
The purpose of the new APAL Coolstore Stock System [CSS] project is to automate data capture, processing & reporting, and to allow all Australian coolstores to contribute data.
The current paper based system operates in the following way:
- The process is manual with a data capture form emailed to a sample of cool stores on the last day of each month for return on the first day of the new month
- Data supplied by cool stores is manually entered into an XLS
- This data is factored up to deliver numbers representative of all cool stores
- The XLS generates report tables and graphs
- A report is then compiled and distributed.
Deployment of the web based CSS for apple and pear cool stock reporting will mean:
- Data can be contributed by all cool stores, not a sample
- Data is entered by electronic form direct to a web server database eliminating rekeying
- into XLS
- Automated generation of tables & graphs
- Application of access restrictions according to APAL rules eg only access reports if
- contribute data
- APAL management concentrating on ensuring coolstores submit data and
- reconciling reports before their release, rather than having to re-key data and process the XLS.
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This project was funded by Hort Innovation (then Horticulture Australia Limited).
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