Monday, October 6, 2014

InterScale Scales Manager Boosts Retailers’ Margins in Fresh Foods

AT Kearney: fresh prepared foods are a differentiator

The second article in conjunction with Retail Time's definitive Guide to Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing, we explore how retailers and food service operators can optimize their fresh food sales and margins with scales management software.

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ReFresh 2014 Conference Considered a Huge Success

ADC held the 13th annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference from September 22-25, 2014 at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  This year’s ReFresh attendees represented sixteen retailers from across the United States and Europe, making it the highest attended conference to date.


The ReFresh agenda included a variety of subject matter expert presenters, FIM software presentations, a retailer presentation and retailer chaired discussions.

For the second year in a row, the conference started with a Welcome Reception on Monday, October 7th, allowing attendees to meet with ADC associates and sponsors prior to the conference starting.

Sessions started on Tuesday, October 8th with a welcome and introductions, followed by an InterStore Overview presentation, which highlighted ADC’s InterStore FIM software suite hierarchy, as well as a look at ADC’s InterScale Scales Manager software system.
Additional FIM software presentations included in-depth looks at Production Planning, Recipe Management, Meat Management and Shrink Management tools.

Other highlights of the agenda included:

  • “The Fresh Value Proposition” by Bruce Peterson, founder and president of Peterson Insights.  Bruce’s presentation discussed what factors motivate shoppers in fresh departments, as well as the future role of fresh. 
  • “Super Natural Growth: The Rise of the Natural/Gourmet Grocery Segment” by Rod Hawkes, a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell's Food Industry Management Program.  Rod's discussed the rapid growth in the natural/gourmet grocer segment over the past four years, including the dominant players in this market space and the growing competition. 
  • “Federal Regulatory Update: What Retailers Need to Know” by Erik R. Lieberman, president of U.S. Food Imports LLC and principal of Lieberman PLLC.  Erik shared the latest information on key regulations impacting retailers, including the proposed ruling on Meat Grind Management and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • “Reaching Shoppers at the Meat Case” by Karen Shearer, Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing.  Karen shared the results of consumer focus groups that were conducted to help identify issues in the meat department, and reach industry-wide solutions aimed to assist shoppers and increase meat sales.
  • “The Power of Fresh” by Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal at 210 Analytics.  Anne-Marie discussed trends in the produce and meat departments of supermarkets, as well as key shrink statistics.
Retailer Feedback:
  •  “ADC brought together a very informative, creative and fun group of individuals.  Tons of FIM info received and lots of contacts made.  Presentations and guest speakers were all great.”  – Christy Fajerson, Brookshire Grocery Company.
  • “I was very impressed with the presenters and breakdown of the ReFresh conference.” – Lon Herget, Associated Food Stores
  • “Overall the conference was great.  It was informative and had great subject matter experts.  It was awesome talking with other retailers and I enjoyed all of the great speakers.”
Sponsor Interaction – This year’s ReFresh had 10 industry sponsors, including DBK Concepts/Zebra, Brdata, Datamax-O’Neil, Bizerba, Hobart, Janam, NBI Digi, Rice Lake Retail Solutions, Specialty Printing and Truno.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Applied Data Corporation Receives 2014 Best of Tampa Award for Business Service

ADC has been selected for the 2014 Best of Tampa Award in the Business Services category by the Tampa Award Program.

Each year, the Tampa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Tampa area a great place to live, work and play.

Since 1989, ADC has developed software solutions for the fresh food departments of grocery and food service chains.  Today, ADC works with 125 supermarket chains, across 11 countries and 10,000 retail outlets.

“We are honored to receive this award, as we continuously work to provide our clients with software solutions that improve efficiencies in their fresh department operations by increasing fresh item sales and reducing perishable shrink, while maximizing their FIM projects return on investment,” said Steve Loveridge, ADC’s CEO.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ADC Announces Subject Matter Expert Speakers for 2014 ReFresh Fresh Item Management Conference

We are pleased to announce that Erik Lieberman, President at U.S. Food Imports and Principal at Lieberman PLLC, Karen Shearer, Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing and Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal at 210 Analytics are presenting at the 13th annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference.

This year’s ReFresh is at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida from September 22nd-25th.  ReFresh is a leading industry conference for grocery, convenience and food service retailers interested in learning about the newest technologies for managing fresh foods.  To learn more about ReFresh 2014 or to register, click here.

  • Erik R. Lieberman is the president of U.S. Food Imports LLC and principal of Lieberman PLLC. Formerly he served as vice president and chief regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute where he represented the retail supermarket industry and food wholesalers before federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture.  During Erik’s presentation on September 24th, attendees will hear the latest information on key regulations impacting retailers, including rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • Karen Shearer is the Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing, a Chicago-based company that provides customized marketing, market research and communication programs.  Karen’s expertise is in the retail meat and agriculture arenas, primarily with the pork industry.  During Karen’s presentation on September 23rd, she will share the results of consumer focus groups that were conducted to help identify issues in the meat department, and reach industry-wide solutions aimed to assist shoppers and increase meat sales.
  • Anne-Marie Roerink is a Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC, a marketing research firm based in San Antonio, Texas.  Anne-Marie served as the Director of Research for the Food Marketing Institute for seven years.  In this capacity, she was responsible for developing, implementing and directing all FMI’s research efforts with state-of-the-industry consumer insights and food retailing operational benchmarking.  Anne-Marie’s presentation on September 23rd will highlight shopper trends in supermarkets, specifically in the produce and meat departments.  Additionally, Anne-Marie will be sharing key insights into supermarket shrink.

“The subject matter expert presentations at ReFresh are consistently ranked by attendees as most valuable” said Steve Loveridge, ADC’s CEO.  “These presentations are designed to provide attendees with current facts and trends that are applicable to their everyday operations and strategic direction. We are very excited about this year’s ReFresh subject matter expert lineup.”

For additional information, please contact:
Jamie Simon
Applied Data Corporation
+1.813.849.1818 Ext. 2238

Thursday, May 15, 2014

ADC at the International Retail User Group (IRUG) Conference

ADC will be at the International Retail User Group (IRUG) Conference next week in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to visit us in Booth #27, as well as attend our two presentations.

The 1st is a Super Session titled “Grocery Technology that Will Make or Break the Customer Experience” at 10:45am on 5/19.

Our 2nd is an Elective Session titled “Fresh Food Retail: How to Maintain Profitability through Technology” at 2:45pm on Monday, 5/19.

Learn more here:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

News Release: Key Food Stores Co-Operative Selects ADC's InterScale Scales Manager System

Key Foods Logo
ADC announces that Key Food Stores Co-Operative (Key Food Stores) has selected and is implementing ADC’s InterScale Scales Manager software.  Key Food Stores is headquartered in Staten Island, New York and includes 149 supermarkets spanning all five boroughs, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, and additionally Long Island, upstate New York and the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Key Food Stores selected ADC’s InterScale Scales Manager after initiating a strategic project to achieve PLU item number standardization across their Membership. 

“As a Co-operative, each of our stores assigned different PLU item numbers across all fresh commodities,” said Aliceann Conoshenti, IT Director at Key Food Stores.  “Our goal is to provide accurate gross profit reporting to our Members.  To accomplish this required standardization of PLU’s and UPC’s (barcode numbers) across Meat, Seafood, Deli, Dairy, Produce and Bakery departments.  We needed a centralized software solution with the ability to communicate across all fresh departments, which is what led us to InterScale.”

InterScale Logo
With InterScale, Key Food Stores can manage all data for barcode labeling scales, including change batch creation and management, performing network tests, re-loading scales with item price and food safety information and pulling back scale data for comparison reporting across an individual store or chain of stores.

Another important factor in selecting ADC’s InterScale was the ability to communicate to a variety of barcode labeling scales from different manufacturers, including some scales that are 10 to 15 years old.  After completing their research Key Food Stores found that InterScale had the capability to communicate with all models of price look-up barcode labeling scales and printers from all of the manufacturers.

“Our stores responded very favorably to ADC’s InterScale because of ADC’s extensive list of compliant scales – more than any other scale software company, which made this large project a lot easier for our stores,” said Frank Gambarella, Director of Merchandising at Key Food Stores. 

Stores are pleased with the capabilities of the software. “With InterScale, we were able to provide the ability to automate pricing updates to all scales, which eliminated the manual efforts that our stores had to manage previously,” continued Aliceann.  “Our stores have visibility of all scale data.  The ease of use of InterScale allows us to update and control the data at scale level from a central location, across all of our stores.”
When the InterScale implementation is completed, Key Food Stores intends to further explore ADC’s FIM software solutions. 

“We worked extensively with Key Food Stores to achieve their goals and are very pleased to hear such favorable results,” said Steve Loveridge, CEO at ADC.  “We look forward to working with them on their future FIM projects.” 

The InterScale Scales Manager is one of three software systems that comprise InterStore, ADC's integrated fresh item management software suite. The other two systems are: the NutriGen Recipe Manager, which derives the true cost of recipes (including packaging and labor), as well as managing all of the allergen and nutritional facts through their recipes for legally compliant labeling, and the P-Cubed Production Manager, which automates, manages and tracks shrink, inventory and production in the fresh departments of grocery stores.

Friday, April 25, 2014

ADC and Retail Times Launch Definitive Guide to Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing

We've teamed up with Retail Times UK for a series of articles on the challenges in fresh foods and how Fresh Item Management software can help retailers optimize sales and reduce waste. 

In the first installment, Retail Times editor, Fiona Briggs, interviews ADC CEO, Steve Loveridge, to introduce the ADC operation and its focus of expertise.

Read the first article here.