Labor Cost

A compelling case for Electronic Vision Grading Systems

In a time when labour is not only expensive but also in short supply, a business plan or strategy that’s weighted towards staff reduction is more important than ever before. If the yields that your business is producing exceed 100 tonnes, and you’re still using manual methods to grade your fruit, it’s high time you…

September 17, 2021
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Reduce Staff and Automate with GP Graders

The industry has been severely disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic and it is obvious there will be long-term consequences to the produce sorting landscape. In many countries, a majority of packing staff workforces are populated by overseas workers, most of whom are in the country on a temporary basis. Movement between borders is almost certain…

October 5, 2020
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Concerning Outcomes the Pandemic May Bring

JobKeeper payments don’t apply to most packers, meaning that finding the pickers and sorting staff needed to harvest and grade the crop is becoming a much greater concern. Not having enough people to work the harvest will be catastrophic to the industry. This risk is very real, with university students remaining overseas and backpackers and…

August 16, 2020
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Why We Need to Take the Human Contact Out of Produce Sorting

The push to remove human contact from the produce grading process is highly warranted. Although profitability is always a priority, it’s far from the only driver behind the trend. The supply of picking and sorting staff has been severely reduced due to the state of international borders. With so many of these workers arriving internationally,…

July 21, 2020
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Time to Automate Your Packing Operations

Human labour is a growing expense, with wages subject to legislative increases on a regular basis. Costs associated with overtime, penalty rates, insurance and retirement have motivated packers to switch from manual labour to smart equipment solutions. Sourcing labour becomes an increasingly arduous task and retaining it in this competitive market is equally difficult. Current…

March 15, 2020
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