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Julia Guthrie
 |  August 26, 2016


Zane Schwendiman is the Operations and Administrative Assistant* at Zen-Noh Hay, Inc,  a hay processing facility located in Pasco, WA. Zen-Noh Hay’s services include feed milling, on-farm consulting and brand development, food processing and packaging, transportation and logistics, fuels, and many more.

According to the company’s website, its primary goal is to “provide Japanese consumers with domestically produced farm products that are safe, reliable, and of impeccable quality.” In order to do so, Zen-Noh must be sure its operations are running via the most efficient and up-to-date methods.

The Operations team noticed some of the processes were a bit antiquated-- namely, those by which employees were tracking inventory transfers and entering customer purchase agreements. Prior to finding Appsheet, the team recorded the information on paper and then later manually entered it into the computer. A laborious-- and potentially error-prone process indeed.

Zane found AppSheet via Smartsheet’s integrations offerings. He experimented with the platform and soon realized he could accomplish all of the previously paper-based tasks with a couple mobile apps he built himself.

He says, “creating the apps using Appsheet wa very intuitive and even though no coding is required the functionality offered by Appsheet is very impressive.”

The apps allow the Operations team to see inventory movement and new purchases in near real time; and the offline feature allows them to safeguard information when there is no signal available. Those features are especially useful in the large geographic area the company covers and in large warehouses where connectivity is erratic.

As Zane remarks, “the information is readily available now and does not have to be relayed from paper into a computer, and eliminates one more step that could cause errors.”

Now that Zane and the rest of the team can see the benefits their apps have brought to the company as a whole, he’s working on an additional app to track sales agreements.

He says, “We have enjoyed using Appsheet and continue to look for additional use cases that allow even more efficiency and process improvements.”

*Zane is no longer working with Zen-Noh Hay, but continues working with the company for further implementations.

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Julia Guthrie

Julia is Marketing and Communications Manager at AppSheet. She loves the creative and eclectic. She’s held various marketing roles, plus other wacky jobs like suicide hotline operator, shoe designer, and dead animal removal business owner. Julia can usually be found hanging with her cats, crafting, and watching Seinfeld.

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