Coles is working with Australian cattle farmers to pilot the next generation of its electronic National Vendor Declaration form (eNVD) App to help producers save time on traceability paperwork and make better future purchasing decisions, set to unveiled in the lead up to Beef Week 2021.
Developed with Sapien Technology, the app first became available for beef suppliers to use in 2019.
Users will soon be able to receive feedback on their consignments directly through the app, making the information easily accessible in a timely manner while enhancing the accuracy of consignment information, which will continue to improve the integrity of the supply chain.
The first generation of the eNVD App provided the user with National Vendor Declaration and other consignment documentation such as Meat Standards Australia (MSA) and National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) declarations.
It enabled copies to be electronically sent to the transporter, the abattoir and the producer, providing instant access to necessary information while reducing the need to handle paper documentation.
The latest upgrade builds on these capabilities by featuring data on performance, an overview of financial results including average price per head and total amount for the farmer’s cattle and compliance to Coles grids.
It also adds MSA information and results including average data on attributes like MSA Index, rib fat, pH levels, meat colour and ossification of the consignment.
Coles General Manager of Meat Charlotte Gilbert said the important new features will provide easily accessible information to producers quickly and all in one place.
“By collaborating with our producers and industry bodies to bring this to life, we are evolving the Coles eNVD App to deliver even better outcomes for Aussie beef producers. We truly are winning together, which is something the Coles meat team is really passionate about,” said Gilbert.
“Customers want traceability of their food, they want integrity in production and we need to help deliver that.
“The new feedback feature of the eNVD App allows for concise, timely information to be delivered back to our suppliers to help them tailor consignments to processor needs and plan for cattle coming into the supply chain.”
Beef producers Andrew and Lauren Winks from the Nooroomba Feedlot at Maidenwell in South-East Queensland are one of several cattle farmers who have tested the new features.
“It’s simple to use, it’s quick, there’s no three pieces of paper you’ve got to fill out, it builds from one question to the next and you have all the information available in your top pocket,” said Winks.
“The information provided will help us improve the quality of the product in the long run and it certainly helps improve the consistency of the product coming through.”