Case Study - Emerald Produce

Emerald Produce

A leading specialist in the supply of high quality root crops to the produce packing industry. Emerald routinely trade large quantities of stock between buyers and sellers from around the world and pride themselves in delivering 'what is required when it required '- with experience in worldwide logistics, delivering a complete supply solution, something their customers and suppliers can always depend upon.

Taking Emerald's business processes to the next level

Emerald's existing business processes were running smoothly, but they felt it was time to review their reliance on Spreadsheets. Whilst they served the business well, their Spreadsheets were becoming more complex and the process was becoming increasingly problematical and time consuming. With a growing customer base and an ever increasing reliance on technology, there had to be a more efficient way of addressing issues such as:

  • Duplication of data entry
  • Problems associated with multi-user access
  • Limited search capability
  • Inadequate management reporting

Our Approach

Our main focus was to work closely with Emerald to fully understand how they managed their data. We understood how intrinsic their data was in all of their business operations and whilst they were considering immediate concerns, their investment in new systems clearly needed to consider future needs and continued growth in the business.

We strongly considered end-user needs at all stages during the development phase and enabled Emerald the flexibility to explore their own needs during the build of their bespoke database application; allowing Breeze to combine complexity and efficiency with ease of use.

Using Microsoft ASP.NET, SQL Server 2005, Breeze developed a web enabled database application that provided Emerald with a flexible and comprehensive platform to enable effective management of:

  • Customers
  • Suppliers
  • Trades
  • Stock
  • Profit & Loss Analysis

The Results

The Emerald system has been developed to allow them the option of managing many 'behind the scenes' aspects of the application themselves (multi-company capability, user & look-up management), negating the need for Breeze to make minor system adjustments.

The new database gives Emerald the flexibility they needed and a far more robust solution to manage their growing business, together with a bespoke reporting system that delivers management information quickly and easily at the touch of a button.....farewell Spreadsheets!

Having decided we required a bespoke system that fitted our business rather than try to fit our business into an off the shelf programme we met with a number of IT solution providers. Breeze quickly understood our business and our requirements making them easily our first choice. Over the last five years we have not once regretted our decision. As our business has developed we have continued to enjoy working with Breeze who still remain as enthusiastic and committed as day one. Their edge is simple; they do what they say they are going to do at the price they said they would do it at. We continue to be impressed.
Carl Topper - Emerald Produce