Helping to Accomplish the Keys to Success
Inventory is the life blood of your business. If you lose track of a few boxes here and a few boxes there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. The produce industry faces challenges that other industries don't. For instance, paper products are very uniform and predictable, peppers and tomatoes are not. TrueShot uses a lot based inventory system that is both easy to use and provides you with the information need to make decisions and report to growers. TrueShot has sufficient security controls in place so that you can comfortably place computer terminals in the warehouse, and be sure that access of information is limited to what is needed in the warehouse. TrueShot gives you the tools to design any number of documents so that you can have a customized solutions.
Let's face it. Everything is getting faster. If you do the same number of loads this year as last year, you probably will make less money. The American, and even the world's, agricultural distribution system is a marvel of efficiency. And each year it gets more efficient. The cause of this constant improvement is, well, constant improvement. Can any of you remember what this business was like before fax machines? While mail took days to deliver, faxes take minutes. This had the effect of compressing business, making it faster. While delivery of information leaped, producing the information was still slow and laborious. TrueShot allows you to enter information one time and then, automatically pushes it where it logically should go. Producing a passing or an invoice is a touch of a button. The same information that goes on an invoice is available for any other document. The key here is that no additional effort is required to generate the document. You don't have to repeat yourself. Think of it as an octopus: you create the load or head, and the arms grow automatically and, just as automatically, reach out and touch the people you do business with.
TrueShot cannot make you a good salesman, but it can make you a salesman who has the answers. You can quickly find out any factual information a customer or supplier asks about. Because TrueShot lets you process information as you receive it, you should always have the most current information at your finger tips. Additionally, since TrueShot is organized the way the produce business is organized, it is always easy to know where to go to get answers.
Mornings are a crazy time around the sales office. The more quickly they can come up with accurate inventory information the more quickly they can communicate that to their customers. TrueShot not only provides numerous inventory report formats, but it also gives production staff the ability to create projects and have that information immediately communicated to the sales staff. This information can quickly become a "quote" that can be faxed to customers. The idea is to quote more people with less effort and then be able to perform.
Wholesalers typically concentrate produce from many sources into strategically placed warehouses. The idea is to make many products available from single points which are conveniently located. These products are then sold in relatively small quantities to food service companies and various retailers.
Trouble is like a game of musical chairs: you don't want to be left standing when the music stops. Since you don't actually ever touch produce, it is really hard for anything to be your fault. When the customer reports trouble, your job is to pass it along to the responsible party. That usually means the freight company or the supplier. You have the best chance of succeeding at this if you can more or less instantly point the finger elsewhere. TrueShot has a formal trouble reporting system that document who said what and when. It also keeps track of the status. Just knowing the facts about trouble is your best weapon against getting stuck in the middle.
Even if your company is top notch, if you send out sloppy, handwritten or erroneous paperwork, you will hurt your company image. With TrueShot, we give you the tools needed to create documents that are perfectly adapted to your company. And as your company changes, you can easily change your documents. Remember that the purpose of most documents is to communicate with others. TrueShot is designed so that each party to a load has it's own place for storing details. The idea is that when you fax or mail a document to others, it should be organized in a way that is convenient for them. If you buy watermelons based on weight, but your customer buys them by the "each", you don't have to disappoint one or the other. With TrueShot, you can talk in the terms of the person you are dealing with. Supplier we pay by weight, customer we charge by the each. Nothing could be simpler.
Remember, the people you do business with are busy too. They have their own set of problems. What they don't need is you slowing them down. When they call you, do you often say, "Can I call you back with that information?" What's worse is then not calling them back. With TrueShot, you will be able to answer more questions more easily. This simplifies everyone's life.
If you don't keep close track of inventory, it is very easy to have the warehouse load 26 of a particular product and to record only that they only loaded 24. No matter how well motivated your warehouse personnel are, it's a simple fact of human nature that if no one is looking over their shoulder, they will not be careful. In other words, if I am the loader and only think that there are 26 boxes, but I 'm really not sure, I will go to the trouble of counting them if I know that any mistakes will be found that night when an inventory is done. If I know that I will be held responsible, I will be responsible. TrueShot give the tools you need to accomplish this.
Web-based software gives you the flexibility to work where you want, when you want. From the kid's soccer
game to late night truck driver needing a pickkup number, Web-based TrueShot is the answer.
TrueShot Online protects your data using a password-protected secure log in, 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer encryption technology (SSL), and firewall-protected servers.
TrueShot Online Edition data servers are monitored for reliability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Online Edition automatically backs up your critical business information.
Answer some simple questions during the 10-minute startup wizard and your accounting books are immediately tailored to your unique business and industry.