The NexProcess includes the NexBox, NexPad and NexPort. The NexProcess is centered around a “NexBox”, which is an 8” wide by 40’ long steel container that is 6’4” high. Each container is “smart” as it has a globally unique identifier (GUID) – also known as a universally unique identifier (UUID) with a GPS tracking device and air-quality monitor that can be monitored 24/7/365 as it travels from location to location. Each container is sealed after the commodity is tested for certain quality specifications and receives an official USDA grade. The NexProcess provides farm-to-consumer security, the ultimate answer to today’s food safety requirements and consumer demands.
The NexProcess also:
- Guarantees traceability back to the farmer and the field with a complete history of agronomic practices.
- Provides a guarantee (through Insurance Policy) assuring the quality designated and paid for is delivered.
- Reduces the number of handles eliminating 5% to 7% food waste.
- Decreases energy usage and increases freight efficiencies, resulting in a carbon footprint reduction.
- Simultaneously reduces certain line item expenses compared to today’s grain handling methods, thus creating a more sustainable agricultural supply chain
The NexBox is loaded at the field and all crop data from harvesting equipment is captured and tracked with the box utilizing a unique QR code. This provides full traceability. The NexBox then travels to a regional “NexPad” where it will be graded, sealed, dried (if needed) and stored. All pertinent crop information will be logged into a database and Nexyst will act as a platform between buyer and seller providing full visibility to all data and crop information. Once contract terms are agreed to, Nexyst will take title to the crop and execute a contract with the buyer. Buyers will be able to look at our database of inventory (by each individual NexBox) with full visibility of all quality and crop information.
Farmers and customers will be able to utilize our platform by submitting “bids” and “offers” for each individual NexBox or group of particular NexBoxes. We will actively manage the supply chain by locating backhaul customers (utilizing our freight advantage while on rail) to create “repetitive economic loops” to enable and maximize backhaul revenue while getting the NexBox returned to a favorable location in order to minimize cost of moving empty containers.
The NexPad is the regional origination site where the NexBoxes will be stored before being loaded onto “wellcars” and shipped out. The anticipated design would be a loop track allowing for efficient truck and train traffic flow. The NexPad will be designed to hold in excess of 15,000 NexBoxes. These will be in areas close to significant crop production and efficient rail structures, yet close enough to population centers where NexBox backhauls contents will be consumed. The NexPad building will serve as the location where the following functions will occur:
- Final sealing and official grade of NexBox contents
- Repair shop to repair any damage made to a NexBox or Wellcar
- Loading and unloading of Nexboxes
- Provide “clean in place” operations.
- Condition grain if needed (inert gas application)
- Storage for full and empty NexBoxes
The NexPort will be a leased site near intermodal terminals where returning NexBoxes will be accumulated and stored prior to being loaded back onto our own Wellcars and making the return trip to the NexPad. It could also serve as a storage site for full NexBoxes prior to vessel loading. This buffer will aid us in maintaining a consistent shipping volume to achieve the lowest possible freight costs.