Oct 7, 2022

3 Tools Seafood Processors Need to Succeed

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It’s easy to recognize a need that’s tangible – like the need for processing equipment in order to process seafood – go figure! But, beyond the obvious, it can be challenging to identify what needs your seafood processing business has that aren’t being met. Even more challenging can be identifying the needs your company has to reach new heights – because, in the wise words of Marshall Goldsmith, “What got you here won’t get you there.” To make that challenge a little less, er, challenging, we’re here to help identify three tools seafood processors need to succeed:

1.    Fishermen Relationship Management Tool

In an industry as competitive as seafood processing, your time should be spent taking

care of your fishermen, lobstermen, dealers, etc. to keep them happy and fishing for you instead of the other guys. Word of mouth is huge in the industry so having fishermen that are advocates for fishing for you can help grow your business, just as having fishermen that are detractors can hurt your business. And, with fewer fishermen on the water these days, you need a reputation that beats the competition’s. So how do you serve your fishermen better than your competition? By first understanding their perspective, then keeping them happy through being transparent, offering incentives and relief from the stress of fishing life, being a resource that can answer questions and stay organized for them, and investing in software that understands your business. With software built for your industry, a component of it should include functionality to manage fishermen, fishing transactions, reports for fishermen, fishermen balances, and more in order to serve as a tool for managing your fishermen relations.

2.    Traceability Tool

Because you deal with perishable, edible product, traceability is of the utmost importance. Each stage of seafood processing, from buying fish from fishermen to sales and distribution, your traceability tool, such as seafood ERP, can help you keep track of the exact quantity, quality and all other necessary details of your inventory. With this level of traceability, your solution can help you make sure you’re selling the right product, at the right time, to the right customer, guaranteeing you only sell product you’re proud of. Simultaneously, waste can be reduced and you can more easily adhere to food quality guidelines. When it comes to traceability, you need complete inventory visibility and control for your seafood processing business.

3.    Data Analysis Tool

In order to get where you want to go, you need to know where you are and where you’ve been. That’s where data analysis comes in. Your business needs an analytical tool built to provide valuable business insights, thanks to its real-time, integrated information, giving you complete visibility into your business at the click of a button. Because of the complexities of your business and industry, getting access to real-time information spanning across your entire business is invaluable. Whether you have a single company or multiple sites, it’s ideal that your tool consolidates your data across all locations for a single source of information. Not only do you need access to real-time data but historical data as well. This combination of data provides the insight and information for optimum analysis and decision making.

NorthScope provides all of these tools in a cohesive system paired with its Data Warehouse. Built for seafood processors, NorthScope provides ERP software and step-by-step guidance for Seafood Processors, giving them the tools to build the business they’ve always wanted. Learn more about how NorthScope has helped seafood processors, lobster processors and more reach the success they deserve and how you can be next by booking a demo today.