York software rolled out to all M&S in-store bakeries

A York-based software developer has cooked up a coup with the news that Marks & Spencer is to use its innovative system for predicting sales in all of its 534 in-store bakeries in the UK.

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Andrew Hitchon, The Press, 27/6/16

Marks & Spencer to cut bakery waste using predictive ordering software

Sales-based predictive ordering solution Cybake Instore will appear in all 534 of Marks & Spencer’s instore bakeries in the UK. Cybake Instore tells bakery staff the best combination of products to bake at the right times of the day…

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Planet Retail, 21/06/16

RedBlack Software gives bakers and food-to-go operators the power of prediction with Cybake Instore

April 18, 2016, FOODEX, NEC, UK – RedBlack Software launches Cybake Instore, an automated sales-based ordering system for retail bakers and food-to-go operators that cuts waste and increases shop takings, at Foodex today.

York-based RedBlack is the creator of the Cybake range of bakery and food-to-go management solutions. Cybake Instore is the result of close collaboration between Cybake’s design team and RedBlack’s biggest customers in the British bakery and food-to-go sectors.

Major clothing and food retailer M&S uses its own customised version of the application in a selection of its in-store bakeries.

Instore solves the age-old dilemma faced by all bakers and food-to-go operators: make or stock too much and you throw money in the bin at the end of the day; make or stock too little and you run out of goods early on and miss out on sales.

Instore takes historical sales data direct from EPOS tills to calculate shops’ orders in a way that is not practical manually. Waste is cut and sales are increased as orders are far more accurate than those made by shop managers.

Instore corrects staff assumptions about customers’ purchasing decisions. The application takes historical sales and usage data for items – or item-components such as sandwich fillers – to predict future order quantities.

In addition, Instore provides reconciliation of what was delivered with what was actually sold through the tills, highlighting any variances between the two. This, for example, helps to control sandwich filling portion sizes.

Instore is an easy-to-use, cloud-based solution with no need for new hardware or technical expertise.

It works on any web-connected device – PC or tablet. Automated backups and security come as part of the service.

Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack Software, says: “At this year’s Foodex, we wanted to confirm our position as the number one authority in improving bakery management control. I believe that the launch of Instore goes a long way to achieving that.

“One of the most important decisions made by retail bakers or FTG operations is how much perishable stock to produce for the days ahead. Instore can ensure that bakers have the right amounts in the right shops at the right times. It balances out their ups and downs.”

Tyler, who is also an executive committee member of the British Society of Baking, concludes: “Cloud-based and with a clean interface, Instore is a perfect example of our expertise within the bakery sector.”

RedBlack Software’s CyBake team are at Foodex on stand Q299. The Cybake Instore website has been launched at http://cybakeinstore.co.uk/ .

Instore is sold separately from Cybake and can interface with practically any other ERP software. Infood succeeds RedBlack’s stand-alone Cybake Touch shop management system.

At this year’s Foodex show, RedBlack Software is also announcing a reseller partnership with American weighing and traceability specialists SG Systems.

See our separate press release: “RedBlack Software gives bakers precision recipe control and traceability with innovative new products from America’s SG Systems” for the full story.

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For more information, please contact John Prendergast at RedBlack Software, john <at>redblacksoftware.co.uk, tel: 01904 622888.

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Cybake Instore’s main menu running on a tablet.

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