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
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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.

ENDS

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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