New Technology Brings Innovation to K-12 School Nutrition Programs

New Technology Brings Innovation to K-12 School Nutrition Programs
Editorial Team

Cloud-based SaaS platform from Horizon Software takes school nutrition software to the next level

Horizon Software announces the release of Horizon School Technology, a new SaaS platform designed specifically for K-12 school districts to address unmet needs of school nutrition and payments.

Horizon School Technology is a robust, easy-to-use cloud solution that offers school nutrition programs key functionality not found on the market today, such as robust, out-of-the-box integrations with third-party systems and food distributor product catalogs. It provides school nutrition operators centralized insight into their
programs and provides data that allows administrators to make informed decisions. Hosting via Amazon Web Services offers the highest level of security for program data.

The new platform is the product of collaboration between Horizon and sister company CBORD, providing an intuitive, unified cloud solution for school nutrition operations including Point of Sale, Online Payments, Student Eligibility, Menu Planning and Nutritional Analysis, Inventory, Ordering, and Warehousing. The platform is scalable for districts of all sizes, helping programs save costs by paying only for the modules they need and making it easy to add modules as program needs change.

Horizon School Technology is designed to make all aspects of managing school nutrition operations easier. Beyond getting students through the cafeteria line quickly, it provides guidance for menu planning and food ordering as well as inventory security measures to control food cost and reduce waste.

The new offering gives school nutrition staff access to the same full-featured infrastructure that foodservice distributors use to manage their K-12 business; it is the first technology solution in the industry to provide robust product catalog and ordering integrations with US Foods, Gordon Foodservice, and Sysco.

“We are excited to launch a solution that is the culmination of joint development efforts between Horizon and CBORD, leveraging Horizon’s decades of school nutrition industry experience and CBORD technology available in adjacent markets like Higher Education and Healthcare,” said Jim Hoefflin, president of Horizon Software and CBORD.

Throughout campus and beyond, Horizon School Technology’s online commerce portal and mobile app make it easy and convenient for parents to deposit money, pay school fees, view transaction history, and register students for school activities. Parents are able to use voice commands through Amazon echo devices to ask Alexa for student meal account balances and add money to their accounts. The platform also offers integrations with many general ledger and accounts payable systems for electronic invoice submissions and financial reconciliation.

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