The GrainBridge 2014 Q1 Release was an update to GrainBridge that went live for our customers on March 16.This update consists of many new features, as well as numerous improvements and bug fixes which are detailed below.
GrainBridge Offer Management – Our new offer management system is automated to provide the merchandisers with a simple, safe and secure place to manage customer offers across the desk or the internet. GrainBridge Offer Management provides the convenience of tracking multiple offers with ability to filter by crop, transaction type, delivery, closest to reach and more. Offers automatically light up when reached and the buyer has final decision in accepting or denying offers.
FCStone Automatic Brokerage Importing – For those utilizing our brokerage import tools, we have already been offering ADM Investor Services, LIN Group, RCG, RJ O’Brien, and Vision. GrainBridge is pleased to announce that FCStone has now joined our growing group of brokerage clearing firms.
Short Dated Options – By popular request from the brokerage firms that GrainBridge imports from, we added the ability to enter short-dated option trades. Short-dated options are available for the major crops- corn, wheat, and soybeans.
Scheduled Report Delivery – Administrators now have the ability to schedule reports to be sent to their clients and/or to themselves. In the previous version of GrainBridge, admins could push out reports to clients, but each report had to be pushed individually. Administrators may now schedule report deliveries to any selection of clients or groups, and pre-set delivery times for a one-time delivery, or for daily, weekly, or monthly reports. This versatility in automatic reporting can provide greater engagement between admins and their clients with a lesser time commitment for setting up and sending reports.
Improved Risk Management Reporting – Not only does this new release allow for scheduled report delivery, the reports themselves are even sleeker and more comprehensive than before to give the best picture of an operation’s positions and profitability.
“Delivered” Flag and Date Settings for Cash Sales – The cash sales section now not only includes your delivery date, but you may also mark a sale once it has actually been delivered. Tracking if your commodity has been delivered and the exact date of delivery is a great tool for better management and record keeping of your cash sales.
“Basis Set Date” Option- For cash transactions where you enter a basis value, you may now add a “basis set date” to track when you set which basis.
2014 New Insurance Products – With the new Farm Bill, crop insurance has underwent several changes. This new release of GrainBridge accounts for these changes with the new insurance types. Our application now includes RP, RP (HPE), YP, ARP (HRE), ARP, AYP, and APH policies. We have also updated the March guaranteed rates, which can be found in your Insurance section.
Improved Usability on Tablets and Mobile Devices – This updated version of GrainBridge has increased its capacity to recognize and adjust to a wider variety of screen sizes on your mobile phone and tablet. GrainBridge will automatically accommodate any screen size and is fully functional on both Apple or Android devices. All tabs and features that are available when using the system online are available via dropdown menus on mobile devices.
New Support Portal – GrainBridge is excited to provide our valued users with a newly-created online Support Portal. This Support portal allows users to find answers on an array of topics ranging from basic set up to complex individual questions that can be found in each topic sections FAQs. Our support portal is fully searchable, allowing users to type in questions or keywords, or you may simply browse through the articles for new information. If you have a specific question, we encourage you to ask it via our portal. When asking a question via the portal, our support team and other GrainBridge clients are able to reply to your question publicly, making the answer instantly available to all. This portal may be accessed through the Help Center under the Help tab in the application or at help.grainbridge.com .
Ten years ago I switch our home phone service that Qwest provided to a VOIP service, which stands for “Voice Over Internet Protocol.” The VOIP service works the same as the old-fashion phone except it used high speed internet to carry the conversations vs. the traditional phone line. Five years ago I was so pleased with how the home phone VOIP service was working that I subscribed to the service in our offices. This new technology costs a fraction of what traditional phone services cost and comes with many amazing options to help you’re ag business communicate with clients and employees.
One of my favorite features are Answering ruleswhich route calls based on the time called, caller ID or the number called. Imagine having a system that routed calls based on the caller ID, let’s say your company has a grain broker that you communicate with often and when he calls, the system automatically routes his call to your desk and cellphone at the same time, this potentially saves your broker, the secretary and yourself time and money. How about that important farm client that you want routed directly to you; they would really be impressed?
1. Meeting with John Doe in Waterloo to go over grain contracts
2. Meeting with Bob Doe in Valley to go over 2012 grain programs
3. Board meeting in Main Office to discuss new storage facility
4. All company safety meeting at Duncan location
5. Present 2013 Budget to General Manager in Main Office
Does this type of schedule look familiar to you? It’s hard to get much done in a day when you are running all over the country. Today, you can become more efficient if you utilize the new communication technologies that provide web meeting services.
A Web meeting will work great to conduct your meeting with John Doe, discuss his existing grain contracts by sharing the screen on your computer with him or let him take control and share his screen with you. If you really want to add the personal touch you can even activate the camera on your computer and show your face.
Today agricultural professionals spend more time than ever before on the computer reading email, searching the internet, working with software applications and entertaining themselves. Keeping your digital life organized continues to be a challenge with emails you want to keep, web pages you want to save and documents that need filed.
EVERNOTE is a software application that has made its way to the top of the digital organization industry. Evernote can be installed on your smart phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. Once installed you have access to all the digital information you have organized in one convenient place no matter what device you are using.
Have you ever found yourself needing access to a particular document you had stored on a jump drive or work computer? If you use multiple computers and mobile devices such as phones or tablets there is no doubt this has happened to you.
Dropbox is brilliant technology that gives you secure access to all your work documents such as client invoices, grain contracts, pictures, marketing pieces and any other documents. These files can be accessed by any computer or mobile device and can be setup to automatically synchronize whenever an internet connection is detected
The GrainBridge Messenger allows you to manage your time more effectively by creating a message for a group or all your clients in a matter of seconds. Two options are available including text message or voice broadcast. Below is a snapshot of the Messenger and a few key points in creating a message.
Key components of the Messenger:
As you “Add Clients” to the system be sure to add a contact number and this client will be added as a recipient in the Messenger.
You can “Group” clients from the clients tab by geography, product use etc. to customize the message for a specific group.
A GrainBridge Phone number is created specifically for your business. Treat this as a new phone number and let your customers know you will be sending messages from this number.
Sending a “New Broadcast” is a simple two-step process;
select text or voice message from the “New Broadcast” tab
select the recipients or group you want to communicate with
text message- create the message up to 160 characters then click submit
voice message- select “announcement” or “survey”, choose a title for the message then submit. A toll free number is provided, follow the instructions and create a personalized message. Review and submit.
The survey option allows you to poll clients on specific items you would like feedback on. They can respond by numeric page on their mobile phone and you will receive details of that survey as shown above in the table.
Details of all messages are provided on the Messenger Dashboard. You can sort messages via text, voice mail or by date created. Details of the message are available including a playback feature and charts for results of any survey created.
GrainBridge support can help you get started by uploading your client list and creating your first message. Take advantage of this innovative tool to help manage your TIME.