Marco — addressing the concerns over labour shortages

Select Equip
Wednesday, 16 September, 2020

2020 for the food industry has brought a time of swiftly changing demand, challenging times and market adjustments. With borders closing, food demand increasing and skilled labour becoming harder to find, it has highlighted the importance of a robust food industry to keep nations fed.

In some cases, businesses have seen overall demand increase hugely, the potential to export into new markets opening up and a shortage of labour for picking and packing, particularly skilled labour. Businesses that have the right systems and processes in place have had the ability to act nimbly and react to these demands.

As a result of the current global situation with COVID19, many borders are not looking to open up anytime soon. One company that recognised the importance of processing and packing important harvests and addressing labour shortages as quickly, efficiently and accurately as possible is Marco Limited.

Marco is a globally recognised UK technology company specialising in productivity-enhancing hardware and software solutions for manufacturing and packaging operations, which has been brought to Australia by one of the leading food packaging equipment providers — Select Equip.

Select Equip’s Director, James White, explained: “MARCO has the ability to reduce packing house numbers by up to 50%, and improve labour costs and efficiencies within facilities with a return on their investment within one season.”

“But more importantly at the moment, it means that even with a drastically reduced head count, the harvest can still be packed.”

What is this Marco system?

 It’s called the Yield Control Module (YCM).

YCM is a simple-to-operate system that is intuitive and quick to learn by de-skilling the packing process. The need for long training periods or continuous monitoring of new operators is minimised. It polices the job and allows new team members to be fully effective without delay.

With the current labour shortages in the market not only now, but expected for 2021, Marco might be just the solution to assist.

You can read up and watch the video to learn more about Marco via this link or contact Select Equip directly via or 1800 10 11 22 to discuss.

About Select Equip
Select Equip is the proud exclusive distributor of Marco Limited in Australia. A family-owned business for over 35 years, with innovative and flexible packaging systems for today’s needs with a focus on where you want to be in the future, making us your dedicated packaging equipment partner.

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