Everything is done in-house at FCS from design to manufacture of hardware, developing software, marketing, sales and support. FCS covers the whole of the Horticultural sector although it can be used in any other sector.
The company also have systems operating in Australia.
“Growers from South Africa moved out to Australia and couldn’t find a system to compare with ours so they asked us set it up for them. We also operate in Zimbabwe and Namibia, 90% of Namibia’s Table Grape growers use FCS,” said Val.
“We have been doing this for 26 years, listening to the growers and developing according to their feedback and changing needs. It is 100% accurate and gives our customers peace of mind.”
The system is very cost effective, and customers can choose different packages. “The clients say the system pays for itself within the first 1-2 seasons, but feedback from some customers shows it paid for itself well within the first season. The major cost efficiencies are in monitoring the labour, it is done through the system so a marker for each team is no longer needed which frees up labour and because the system works out the wages, there is no paperwork or long queues for wages on a Friday and no disputes over the amount paid out. The grower can see day to day which workers pick the most to the least, they can then assist them to work more efficiently to make up their day wage. The system highlights the weak workers as well as the weak team leaders, action can be taken immediately to solve this problem.
“The system is flexible and can be customised to individual grower’s needs. We are also open to expanding into new markets such as South America.”