In my last blog, I talked about how consumer demands for a larger and more immediate selection of products are forcing retail businesses to become supply chain professionals.
Food and Beverage
Driving demand via promotions, new products, and updated shelving can attract customers and keep them interested, but if you’re spending most of your time on these tactics, you could be missing a bigger strategic opportunity.
Last December, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect for the broader carrier community, marking a change in how professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers log hours of service (HOS). The federal ELD mandate, which states that fleets previously using paper logbooks needed to equip their trucks with ELDs, went into full enforcement—which includes issuing non-compliant drivers with out-of-service citations—on April 1, 2018, with the exception of a limited 90-day waiver for the transportation of agricultural commodities that remains in effect until June 18. » Read More
Digging into Fresh Food Supply Chains: Trends, Challenges, and Best Practices | Transportfolio
When I head into a store or restaurant, I can’t help but think about all of the behind-the-scenes work it took to get the products I use every day onto the shelves or plate in front of me. Accessibility to the items we consume is the result of the complex processes of the fresh food supply chain—safely, efficiently moving product from fields to shelves—all orchestrated by supply chain professionals around the world.
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How many orders can you honestly describe as perfect? Before we answer that question, we should first consider why perfection is so important for food and beverage shipping. If you’re like many other food and beverage companies—or companies in general—you are probably seeking opportunities to accomplish some or all of the following:
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Not having certain products delivered to your store in time for key sales windows can be a major blow to your bottom line. Not only do you miss out on large numbers of sales, but you also disappoint customers and cause them to find what they need at a competitor’s store instead.
Thus, you work hard to avoid this situation and probably put a lot of energy into inventory forecasts and designing your supply chain accordingly. However, whether your plan is highly detailed or a one size fits all approach, it’s critical to consider how unique products and transportation requirements could cause hiccups in your supply chain.
If you ship food or beverages, then you know damage claims, overages, shortages, and substitutions can create substantial headaches for accounting, eat into your margins, and damage your credibility with your customers. » Read More
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What is perishable consolidation? It’s a method where a consolidator combines individual less than truckload (LTL) shipments that contain perishable goods into one full container shipment. When the full container shipment reaches the store, individual shipments are then deconsolidated into their original LTL shipments
Perishable consolidation may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to transporting highly perishable and dated commodities. In fact, most people don’t even realize such a service exists. But it does. This type of transportation exists to benefit just-in-time products or programs, from regional produce distribution to a national juice program. But how do you know if this service is right for your needs? Ask yourself four questions. » Read More
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Maintaining a cold chain is a science, especially in today’s global market. There are numerous factors that must be considered at all times to secure the integrity of the temperature sensitive products being transported. Successful cold chains require planning, communication, and the right technology at every step of the journey. » Read More
Editor’s Note: On July 2, Mike Otto contributed a blog post for The Road®. We’re sharing his original post here because it is a timely topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Fourth of July: Logistics Fun Facts.
Whether the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776, or August 2, 1776, as some believe, our nation officially celebrates our independence from Great Britain on July 4. This year’s Fourth of July falls on a Friday. Many of us will celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and of course, food.