Creekside Farming partners with PLANERGY to improve purchase & inventory efficiencies across their 40 locations and 30,000 acres
Located in California, Creekside Farming Company was started in 2006. Currently generating over $5 million in revenue, Creekside Farming consists of 30,000 acres – growing and harvesting almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and citrus and stone fruits, such as plums, apricots, peaches and cherries. Batth Farms is their sister company.
Creekside Farming Company needed a solution to streamline purchases and inventory, control spend, integrate multiple budgets and gain a level of predictability, and optimize inventory management between its location and their sister location, Batth Farms.
Creekside Farming Company and Batth Farms are sister family run agribusiness companies. With 40 locations and 30,000 acres, both farms have an assigned staff member responsible for managing billing and accounting, creating opportunities for miscommunications, revenue losses, under or overspending, and lack of visibility into expenses.
“We needed to organize our ordering and spend for all purchases across parts/maintenance, fuel, and chemicals,” said Jorge Marquez, Accountant at Creekside Farming.
Creekside realized they needed solutions that provided a company-wide view for both the farming side, and the chemical and maintenance sides – the PLANERGY Spend Management platform incorporating Inventory Management Software and Purchasing Software were their go-to.
To empower effective decision-making, continue meeting market demands, and to build on opportunities to scale – both farms needed to automate processes, improve inventory traceability, purchasing control, forecasting and budgeting, spend visibility, and reporting on spend.
Jorge added, “At the time, we were producing reports using either QuickBooks or spreadsheets. And budget-wise, we wanted a much more granular view to divide our budgets into categories.”
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Creekside Farming Company and Batth Farms teamed with PLANERGY to satisfy their need to streamline purchases and track inventory to ensure efficient business operations. The seamless installation of both PLANERGY modules proved to mitigate farms’ challenges.
With this level of access to automation, speed, agility, and efficiency, both farms are reaping the benefits of real-time inventory monitoring and tracking; cost-saving sourcing; increased spend visibility; controlled budgeting; and fast approval processes.
Advanced reporting and strategic forecasting were particularly useful features. “The historic data in PLANERGY allows us to budget accurately going forward.”
With about 4,000 invoices per year between the two farms, chemicals and maintenance parts being the two largest line items, Jorge explained why they made a huge investment in PLANERGY.
“We wanted more granular data, and to keep track of the products we ordered, how much we spent, and any credits from returns.”
He follows up with, “The biggest benefit has been the reporting features and leveraging that information to calculate savings.”
PLANERGY is flexible, adaptable, I love the reporting, and any problems I have encountered the support team fixed instantly.
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