Seafood Producers Cooperative (SPC), founded in 1944, is the oldest fisherman’s cooperative in North America. The 500+ fishermenowners catch salmon, halibut, and black cod in the Gulf of Alaska using traditional hook and line methods. Each fish is handled individually and cleaned immediately on board the boats to ensure the highest quality and freshness. As a cooperative, SPC is large enough to supply food service and retail establishments of all sizes, but small enough to focus on quality and service.
SPC has a state of the art processing facility in Sitka, Alaska. The Coop’s headquarters are in Bellingham, Washington.
SPC had been using a legacy barcoding and inventory system for over 20 years. The system used legacy technology and was nearing the point of failure; SPC recognized a new application was needed. In 2014, they implemented a touchscreen and barcode printing system tailored specifically for the seafood industry. Due to lack of training and support, as well as the system’s complexity, the project proved unsuccessful and was shelved.
In January 2015, SPC contacted Parity to install a new label printing and inventory system for their Sitka facility. The facility specializes in high quality troll caught fish. Each pound is extremely valuable and needs to be tracked via random weight in serialized cases.
Ultimately, SPC needed an inventory system to manage cases within their Sitka operation that was easy to use and understand, efficient to implement, and could eventually scale to their other facilities.