The nursery has until now carried out stock taking via printed stock-list, clipboard and pencil, before then returning to the office and updating the computer database line by line, effectively duplicating the workload.
After years working this way, Coles Nurseries was keen to work with TSD to develop software that would enable stock takes to be completed remotely. Over the past two years Coles and TSD have worked together, building remote stock software that has helped to reduce the time taken to complete a stock take by 50 per cent.
Using handheld tablets that can be taken to each nursery site, data can be entered remotely, before being uploaded back onto the main database at head office.
Coles hopes to have a tablet for each of their main production sites, and the possibility of stock data being transferred wirelessly, via email from site to head office, is being explored.
Harry Hitchcock said: "It's taking half the time to do the stock takes, which for us is a major issue because we have 500 acres of stock, so it's a significant amount of time saved. And the new system improves accuracy because there's no double-handing and less scope for human error."
The Midlands nursery pots 2m plants a year.