News: BakePlan Software launches to focus on supermarket sector after RedBlack Software restructure

With M&S rollout and trials at other retailers, BakePlan forecasting solution gets life of its own.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, YORK, ENGLAND – RedBlack Software today announces a restructure that splits the company into two distinct corporate entities, RedBlack Software Ltd and BakePlan Software Ltd.

RedBlack Software Ltd will continue its mission to serve the independent craft bakery sector with its market-leading range of Cybake bakery management solutions. BakePlan Software’s focus is on the retail grocery and convenience store sectors across Europe with its BakePlan production forecasting system for in-store bakeries.

Jane Tyler, managing director of both companies, explains that the corporate restructure was prompted by a fork in the development of their software solutions. This became apparent during a successful project to improve availability and reduce waste at M&S’ in-store bakeries throughout the UK and Ireland.

Jane Tyler says: “It became plain that the needs of the large modern retail grocer diverged considerably from that of RedBlack’s core craft bakery customers. We therefore decided to give our BakePlan supermarket solution a life of its own. As well as attracting interest from outside investors, BakePlan is already undergoing trials with potential new users in this sector.”

BakePlan tells in-store bakery staff the best combination of products to bake at the right times during the day via tablets or mobiles. Using advanced data analytics and machine learning, BakePlan adjusts its suggestions according to the day’s trading patterns. At the same time as increasing availability, the system cuts waste and increases bakery section sales.

Jane Tyler, who is also the vice chair of the British Society of Baking industry association, says that major grocery retailers have large, complex systems that do not always cater well for the very specific needs of bakery departments that have a bake-off operation.

She says: “We find that there is rarely any provision for multi-wave planning to support a little-and-often baking model nor any practical means of capturing information about what has actually been baked. BakePlan is an easy way grocers can tackle availability and freshness, which are big differentiators in consumers’ minds, at the same time as working towards their commitments to cutting food waste.”

For more info, see the BakePlan website.

Jane Tyler
Jane Tyler

This is not just software – this is RedBlack software

York-based software development company RedBlack was set up by managing director Jane Tyler in 1998 to design bespoke applications for customers in the food industry as well as in health and safety, NHS management and online learning.

[Read more…]

Mike Hughes, Business Quarter, 07/07/16

RedBlack Software’s Jane Tyler joins British Society of Bakers’ executive committee

RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler pictured at the BSB’s annual conference in Warwick in October, 2014.
RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler pictured at the BSB’s annual conference in Warwick in October, 2014.

 JANUARY 21, 2015, YORK, ENGLAND — RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler has joined the executive committee of the British Society of Baking (BSB).

RedBlack Software is the creator of the CyBake range of software solutions for retail and wholesale bakeries. Jane Tyler is the first person from the I.T. industry to be invited to the association’s top ranks.

Founded in 1955, the BSB has always been known as the most technical bakery body in the UK. It started off as the British chapter of the American Society of Bakery Engineers (nowadays the American Society of Baking). Members come from all areas of the baking industry and its associated suppliers including millers, research associations and education establishments.

I am delighted that Jane has accepted the appointment on the BSB’s executive committee.BSB chairman Mike Bagshaw

Jane Tyler was asked to join after presenting a seminar at the BSB’s Autumn Conference in Warwick in October, 2014. During this session, she debunked a few myths about computer technology, explained how it can widen margins and looked at the implications of the new FIR rules.

BSB chairman Mike Bagshaw says: “I am delighted that Jane has accepted the appointment on the BSB’s executive committee. Jane’s creativity and enthusiasm will be a real benefit to our society. Her appointment fits both our technical traditions and today’s internet age perfectly.”

Jane Tyler says: “I was proud to be asked to join such a respected institution. Although bakery is seen as a very traditional industry, the actual fact is that many of the country’s big pan-generational bakeries were very early adopters of computer technology. I myself have been designing solutions for bakers for twenty years and as I.T. plays such an integral role in the industry, I hope I can make a strong contribution.”

It’s a big year for the Bicester, Oxfordshire-headquartered BSB as it gears up for its diamond anniversary. As well as celebrating its 60th birthday at its main two-day conference in October (at which, it is hinted, there may be some very special guests), it will hold its 25th annual golf day, a key social event in the industry, on June 9.