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Fruit and veg market leader revamps IT systems

Leon Coetzer, COO at redPanda SoftwareJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FRUIT & Veg City Holdings, which owns, operates and franchises a network of food stores across South Africa, is overhauling its software systems to meet strategic objectives.
The company has selected redPanda Software, an expert in the end-to-end development and support of customised applications aimed at streamlining business processes and operations, to attain its strategic objectives.
Leon Coetzer, Chief Operations Officer at redPanda Software, explains Fruit & Veg City Holdings was looking for a long-term partner to renew the IT systems that drive the Group’s considerable network of stores.
These stores include specialised service departments such as hot foods, bakery, deli, cheese, seafood and sushi; and other specialty store positions including groceries, kitchenware and fresh produce.
Coetzer, the redPanda approach – would allow Fruit & Veg City Holdings to track progress and to provide technical input on an ongoing and frequent basis.
He added redPanda understood the Group needed both flexibility and consistency within the partnership, and his company’s approach had been carefully designed to meet these types of needs.
“As with any key supplier, we view our ultimate offering – which is enterprise software development – as a vital business commodity. Viewing it as a commodity inspires us to consistently deliver on client expectation,” Coetzer.
Having identified the key needs and pain points of businessesredPanda’s ‘commoditisation’ of software development has proved successful. The firm is able to meet the needs of SMEs and mid-tier clients as well as Tier 1  clients with the same approach and systems.
Michelle Rauch, Group IT Manager for Food Lovers Market, said their goal was to develop a long-term relationship with a reliable partner with whom they could take their software development strategy to the next level.
“In redPanda Software, we believe that we have chosen a partner that clearly understands our business and culture. They are able to be highly responsive and flexible to our needs, and will undoubtedly be integral to the crafting of our systems development roadmap,” said Rauch.
CAJ News

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