By Randy Fry,
Has your company implemented AIDC (barcoding)? We hear all kinds of reasons why ag supply companies haven’t implemented tools and systems to utilize the accuracy and efficiency of AIDC. Here are just a few:
These are just a few of the issues we hear. The AgGateway AIDC working group has worked the past several years addressing the many issues. Here are some quick responses to common objections:
We all know the current changes in agriculture are challenging. We have been through price downturns before. Many companies’ responses are to find ways of cutting back. But in today’s environment, new companies are attempting to enter the ag retail space, and their strength is data and logistics. The “Amazons” of the world don’t use hand-written forms or trust employees to capture the transaction. They are built on software systems that maximize efficiency and accuracy. Why are we not? If we are going to feed a growing world, we will have to be efficient. Not just some of us, all of us.
The last time you went to the grocery store, did you check out with a cashier or did you do it yourself? I assume either way they used barcoding systems. If you did it yourself, the first time you did it, what was the learning curve? – it wasn’t too hard, right?! So why hasn’t agriculture fully adopted barcoding? We all agree one of the biggest issues with precision agriculture today is accurate data capture. What went into the planter or spray tank? Why can’t we get good standardized information to work with? Well, WHY HASN’T AGRICULTURE ADOPTED AIDC? We all have to adopt to capture the full benefits of the technology.
Some will say this is a “chicken/egg” scenario: If “ALL” manufacturers would put on barcodes, we would adopt, or if retailers and farmers would use them, we would add barcodes. We say – enough! The time is now.
The AIDC group is embarking on another initiative to drive us forward. We are in the beginning stages of capturing information to add to a public dashboard to inform the ag community of who has implemented barcoding, what type of barcodes, and on what product segments … and who hasn’t. If you are interested in being involved in this project, join us at the Annual Conference next Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00 am for a working group session. If you can’t be there, challenge your company, trading partners, and software providers to get involved. The grocery business did it, why not agriculture?
November Newsletter Home
Annual Conference: Join Us Next Week in San Diego!
Leadership Profile: Aaron Berger, Software & Integration Engineer, AgSense, LLC, and Operational Board Representative for the Precision Ag Council
Social Media Update! LinkedIn Group Featured Topic: What Makes a Great Mentor?
New Member: Welcome Tronia Systems
Member Services: Live from San Diego, … It’s “Member Services Live!”
Council Updates – Allied Providers: Heads Up Allied Providers: Seed Connectivity Session and Products & Services Directory
Business Rules: Harmonizing Business Rules
AIDC: Got Objections to Barcode Implementation? Here are Some Responses
Gateway to Ag Careers: Look for These Five Stellar Students Next Week at Conference!
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