Month: September 2020

Digitisation of the agrifood sector

The Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies set ambitious targets for the agricultural sector to ensure it is Green Deal-ready. Organic farming will be a key ally in the transition that we are leading towards a more sustainable food system and a better protection of our biodiversity. The Commission will support the organic sector towards the achievement of the 25% target of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 with the appropriate policy and legal framework. ” – European Union.

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In the usual traditional way of procuring food ingredients, most restaurants and food markets source the products from other parts of the country or around the world. These products are picked before they are ripe, frozen and need to be shipped long distances which results in food that is bland and less nutritious. Farm to fork or Farm to table is an emerging social movement worldwide where food chains source their ingredients from local farms, usually through direct acquisition from a farmer. The movement is set to fuel a new dimension of fresh and local.

The Farm-to-fork movement exists for a good reason and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. As the food gets procured from local farms, it is fresher, flavorful and is filled with vitamins. Farm to fork helps to boost the local economy and support local farmers. The restaurants get delicious and fresh produce, and the farmer gets recognition for their hard work as well as guaranteed business. The movement supports reduced carbon footprint as the product doesn’t have to be shipped long distances. 

Digital solutions in agrofood industries

Agricultural production is the core economic sector for the majority of Africa and scaling up agribusiness is the next growth frontier. Post-COVID-19,  countries will  be forced to do things differently, the government and companies will need to review their supply chain resilience, adopt customer-driven business models, food safety procedures, and safety. At this stage, it is important for Africa to identify and rally around transformation models such as farm to fork in order to cope up with global trends. Healthy lifestyle and convenience remain some of the key consumer trends driving the farm to fork models. With information readily available over the internet,  consumers are also more knowledgeable and are concerned about food quality, sustainable farming and animal welfare, as part of digitisation in agrofood industry.

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The digitalisation of the agrifood sector is a prominent theme emerging in the Farm to Fork strategy, which emphasises that all actors in the food chain should harness technological and digital solutions to deliver on sustainability goals. Digital farming helps farmers to be connected, have more insights on farms and thereby mitigate risk. Use of digital solutions in food inspections, trucking and refrigeration are bringing efficiency to food logistics and give sellers and end consumers better insights into the shelf life and pricing of specific shipments of produce. 

Food loss in many developing countries is a matter of utmost importance and it is found that 94% of losses occur as a result of inefficiencies in the supply chain, from harvesting through distribution. Information and communication technology applications play an important role in eliminating such inefficiencies and make the continent’s agribusiness systems more competitive.

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eCommerce in Africa

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eCommerce in Rwanda

The pandemic has accelerated eCommerce adoption across the globe and the trend is no different in countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Our smart warehouse integrated eCommerce solutions for Africa region helps improve operations and brings high level of automation and transparancy for freight logistics, warehousing companies in the region

As more consumers globally switch to buying online, it will be critical for Rwandan companies to improve their online capabilities to be able to rapidly respond to changing consumer preferences. Large organizations to Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Tanzania are eager to take advantage of farm automation digital markets where virtually no physical borders will inhibit them.

eCommerce in Rwanda 

Rwanda shows great promise for e-commerce and the sector is growing quickly with several new tech start-ups and international companies that started activities in the country in the last couple of years. The government is actively supporting online retail and the ICT sector in general and has put in place measures to protect e-shoppers. Among the factors that hinder the sector’s growth are inadequate international bandwidth, relatively high cost to access the internet, high electricity costs, high transportation and logistics costs. The mobile penetration rate is at 76% M-commerce is getting very popular. Online payment is becoming a popular method of payment and social media is emerging as important marketing media which force businesses to enter the e-commerce market.

Looking at the potential of the industry under normal economic conditions, Revenues were expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2024) of 20.9%, resulting in a projected market volume of US$138m by 2024. Also, user penetration in the segment is expected to hit 31.7% by 2024. Fashion, Food and personal care & electronics and media segment are the most prominent e-commerce sectors in Rwanda fuelling the e-commerce economy and is expected to show an annual growth rate of 17 – 33% by 2024.

COVID-19 is the accelerating the eCommerce related Rwandan businesses. Therefore, one particular lesson specifically for businesses is to understand the trends and act on them. Digital transformation was upon us even before COVID-19, but now, more businesses will take it seriously and take their customers to online sales channels. During this period, those businesses which initially had the capabilities to serve customers digitally gained the major advantages of e-commerce and digital trade. Thus adopting e-commerce portals and online sales platforms will be a relevant parameter assessing market positions coming to new normal.  It is also important for the government to operationalise its strategy, strengthen the regulatory environment in order to build trust and increase SME integration in online B2B and B2C platforms.

Contact us to know more about our solutions for eCommerce in Rwanda, integrated warehouse automation and digital agri solutions providing just in time inventory management, cold chain and indoor tracking facilities.

Digital twin in warehouses

Warehouse indoor social distancing software, inventory tracking, logistics supply chain, anti theft sensors, smart logistics,

Implementing digital in warehouses for supply chain optimization

  • Implement physical distancing in warehouses, logistics yards
  • Locate cargo, pallets, bins & spares inventory items easily.
  • Improve internal efficiency in warehouses
  • Track the movement of pallets and bins within the distribution network
  • Take warehouse inventory count in each zone with 5-meter accuracy
  • Reduce the possibility of theft and mishandling of high-value cargo
  • Digital twin starter kits for 100 – 1000 workforce companies
Physical distancing software for warehouses, logistics yards & workshops 

Lowest cost per inventory tracking solutions with up to 5-meter accuracy, battery life of 10 years, and reporting interval of 10 minutes.

Immensely improves efficiency, locates inventory, cargo, people, and equipment in logistics supply chain workshops, warehouses, and production units.

Helps in improving storage patterns, understand people’s movement to fine-tune workflow. Track forklifts and improve their productivity.

Smart logistics, warehouse inventory tracking with indoor positioning

Industrial IOT solutions can produce rich inventory data from warehouse operations in production, supply chain logistics environment.

Equipped with wireless tags, and anchors that enable data capture and cargo identification down to the pallet level. Here is your waybill number 100212032 – rack # 4, zone 5 and have been there for last 10 days

Imagine the time saved in pickup and drop of high-value cargo in your warehouse.

Think about the savings it would bring by reducing theft and misplacement of consignments transported on behalf of your customers.

Digital twin enabled physical distancing software for warehouses can ensure a continuous flow of information on people movement for safety, inventory locations, truck position, cargo movement, driver information. This factor alone could increase workplace safety, productivity and inventory accuracy, apart from reducing cases of theft and abuse.

Further benefits of implementing internet of things in logistics, warehousing operations include controlling inventory loss, theft and damage prevention, forecasting demand based on historical data, timely detection of load discrepancies, bottleneck identification, workplace safety, environmental conditions, intruder detection, etc.

The industrial internet of things enabled smart logistics software to also enable workflow automation in the warehouse and supply chain logistics industry. The traditional step-by-step approach to filling purchase orders involves capturing requests via logistics software, allocating existing inventory to the orders, and manual picking them up.

Deploying digital twin in warehouses

Although industrial IOT in the warehouse (track and trace, environment, condition monitoring, worker safety, security) is steadily making its way to storage facilities in Singapore, the adoption of connected warehouse systems remains the exception rather than the rule and is mostly driven by the Asia Pacific (APAC) market’s key players. SME companies can benefit much from the adoption of IOT in the warehouse and the government grants can be put to good use here.

In the age of Logistics 4.0, “everything”, visibility in the supply chain is crucial to ensuring that a well-oiled machine. IOT powered social distancing in logistics yards, warehouse management, and control applications offers a whole new way to manage shop floor safety, workflow, administer storage space, equipment, tasks, and material flows.

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