With consumers fired up to grill, manufacturers and retailers turn up their range of strategies to smoke the competition.
From better-for-you snacks to sustainable Skittles packaging, these are the latest supply chain trends in candy and confections.
Just as the silo-crashing impact that supply chain management practices has had on enterprise operations and supplier/customer connections, this confluence is tearing down silos between manufacturing and brand operations to the benefit of customers and profit & loss performance.
With pandemic-induced lockdowns, e-commerce surges, and transportation restrictions in 2020, cargo theft shifted to new commodities and locations.
Because it imports and distributes to each level of the supply chain, including the last mile, Marx Foods has visibility into each supply chain link. In 2020, COVID taught it a lot about how to manage the supply chain in 2021.
These agile small and mid-sized businesses have picked up the pace to vault over supply chain challenges, including the pandemic.
A niche pet food company thrives during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a long-standing partnership with its third-party logistics provider.
From grocers selling direct to consumers brewing more coffee at home, this is what's trending in the food and agriculture supply chain.
Environmental impacts, cost concerns, and technology advances drive food packaging innovation.
Honest players in the food supply chain need to protect themselves and their trusted partners before the market gives you a raspberry.
With restaurants providing only delivery or takeout during the pandemic, consumers turn to retailers and grocers to fill the gap. The impact on the food industry varies both by state and by sales channel. New trends touch on food retail, delivery, service, distribution, and more.
Consumers are screaming for ice cream, and retailers are refining their e-commerce tactics for this frozen treat. Take a look at some ice cream supply chain trends.
Booming e-commerce and online grocery sales during the pandemic increased the demand for cold storage warehousing space in North America, but developers are not building fast enough to meet demand.
Here are three ways retailers can ensure e-commerce capabilities run efficiently by focusing on trading partner collaboration.
Responding to consumer demand for healthful options—and beef shortages—brands cook up plant-based meat alternatives while trying to avoid getting burned by supply chain challenges.
What the food supply chain community learned from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis was that having the right technologies implemented was the difference between days or weeks to reroute, reschedule, repack, and reorganize goods to ensure delivery at a pre-COVID-19 standard.
Multinational food distribution company Sysco Corporation, based in Houston, launched several new grocery sector-focused initiatives in response to reduced customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP® Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table.
Organic farmers face the same challenges as conventional farmers, as well as few more: the risks of contamination or commingling, as well as fraudulent competition. They’re addressing these challenges with technology and shifts in their supply chains.
Ashley Tyrner sources fresh organic and natural produce, forms partnerships with farmers, works with shipping companies, and designs produce boxes that customers receive.
To combat foreign foodborne illnesses, the U.S. government recently introduced regulations to hold importers accountable for what is brought into the United States and sold to American consumers: The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Here, we examine the FSVP and what U.S.-based importers need to know to consistently and effectively ensure compliance.
Coffee has been a popular drink for centuries, yet its supply chain faces ongoing and emerging challenges, including fragmented production, commodity market instability, and climate change.
These key elements can significantly improve your foodservice supply chain, and ensure your brand is in the best position for success.
E-commerce grocery delivery is seeing massive growth, and is expected to continue to shake up the traditional grocery industry as online grocery sales are forecasted to account for as much as 20% of all grocery sales by 2025.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Healthful food — organic, vegan, non-GMO, local, sustainably or humanely raised, and allergen free, or any other variety — has captured attention and seen growing demand. Satisfying that demand, however, poses unique supply chain challenges.
Franchisees sometimes don’t appreciate how important an efficiently functioning supply chain is until it isn’t there.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers need to ensure safe handling procedures are in place to protect the food they handle.
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
The popularity of meal and meal kit delivery services makes for some very complicated supply chain management.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Healthy living/clean eating lifestyles are impacting the grocery supply chain. What do food companies need to do to adapt?
Some expert advice to help shippers and carriers navigate the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
New York State minimum wage directive may be a tipping point for automation in the fast food industry; Organic food recalls are on the rise; Alix Partners reports that nearshoring trend continues to grow; Pro truck interests take weight restriction fight in new direction; 2015 holiday shoppers are looking for options; The cash handling supply chain is poised to move from manual processing to scanning technology, thanks to the new GS1 US Cash Visibility Discussion Group.
Ocean carrier dependability dips for the first time in six months; Low water conditions force Panama Canal to consider draught restrictions; IKEA invests in Romanian forest; Germany greenlights Daimler’s self-driving truck pilot program; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) looks to create a global traceability too for seafood supply chain.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
Even before the final rulemaking of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is published and enforced, food shippers should take a proactive approach to make sure supply chains are compliant.
Profile of Leslie Dean, senior director, supply chain, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Manufacturers should view legislation as an opportunity to achieve better control and supply chain integration.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Leading food manufacturers and producers make sustainability best practices part of their supply chains.
Fast food chain In-N-Out upgrades a new distribution center for improved loading dock safety and efficiency.
Monitoring and tracking tools applied to temperature-controlled shipments ensure that perishables in the cold chain maintain the right conditions, protecting food safety and consumer health, and minimizing product shrink.
Facing increasing food safety and quality standards and soaring commodity prices, the restaurant industry turns to supply chain management to manage super-sized challenges.
Brian Hancock, president, North America for Martin-Brower, discusses the unique supply chain and distribution operations supporting the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
Grocery store chain United Supermarkets achieved its sustainability goals by certifying chain of custody within a tight-knit supplier network and integrating responsible practices into daily business operations.
The harsh economy is driving an increased need for top-notch supply chain management in the foodservice industry. Here, a look at how some restaurants are feeding their hunger for smart logistics strategies.
Prompted by new FDA regulations, shippers examine food transportation and distribution safety procedures.
A growing consumer interest in locally grown food is changing the way many food companies source products. Food quality and safety concerns, transportation costs, and local economic development efforts are compelling restaurants, groceries, and wholesalers to engage smaller producers and localize their supply chains.
Avoid costly delays when shipping perishables with these tips from Crowley Maritime Corporation's Nelly Yunta and Kip Douglas
Use these 10 tips to optimize cold chain operations.
The shift to grocery e-commerce has retailers hungry for fulfillment improvements and supply chain efficiency gains.
A new automated solution, created by Swisslog, can help the vertical farming industry overcome these barriers to growth with better flexibility, reduced costs, and closer proximity to consumers in urban areas.
Kroger continues to invest in its digital business. By opening America's first automated warehouse with digital and robotic capabilities in Monroe, Ohio, the supermarket chain can assemble a 50-item order in just six minutes.
Expert advice on how supply chain leaders can continue to rise above unprecedented challenges through building on resilience, rethinking peak season, strengthening cold chain distribution, and even collaborating with competitors.
Even though the pandemic took a bite out of pizza restaurant growth, sales remain steady as businesses cook up new delivery strategies.
Leaders set their sights on the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to enhance visibility, cut costs, and power growth.
PepsiCo and General Mills plan to reduce their carbon footprint during the next 10 years, following similar initiatives by other food manufacturing giants.
These companies are concocting innovative e-commerce solutions as alcohol sales flow online.
Molson Coors Beverage Company relies on Echo Global Logistics to simplify its transportation management processes.
MagicLogic Optimization’s BlackBox significantly improved cartonization for True Manufacturing. The solution automatically determined the optimal size and fill material needed for each box, optimizing the manufacturer’s fulfillment processes.
With their temperature-controlled mugs in high demand on a global scale, manufacturer Ember turned to SEKO Logistics to handle an influx of orders and help establish a supply chain.
FMCG retailers need to be aware of four key areas as they build their future omnichannel supply chains, finds RSR Research's Supply Chain Management 2018 report.
Frank Armetta, global vice president of supply chain with Sabra Dipping Company, discusses the hummus company's warehouse transformation, how he leads his team, and insight into his career journey.
When consumers are ravenous for a trendy food or beverage, whether an unexpected, one-time jump or a seasonal occurrence, supply chain professionals can meet demand and boost sales by leveraging analytics to more accurately forecast demand shifts and working closely with business partners to expand capacity.
Walmart is taking a new approach to their Angus beef supply chain.
Grocers are working to satisfy consumers’ growing demand for rapid delivery of everything from apples to watermelon. To accomplish this, they’re educating personal shoppers, developing new technologies to handle the last mile of delivery, rethinking their distribution networks and inventory planning, and partnering with technology companies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016. Even though SQF compliance isn’t federally mandated, the repercussions of failure to comply can be felt throughout the supply chain.
Globalization and technological advancements in refrigerated transportation systems and equipment are driving increased demand for temperature-controlled food across the globe.
Complying with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act has been a top priority for manufacturers and their 3PLs. Yet, more than one year later, one in five outside truckers arrive at our facility, often unknowingly, in violation of FSMA standards. Here’s how we can all get on the same page.
Here are five steps to consider when implementing the Internet of Things across the cold chain.
Craft spirit makers like Montanya Distillers are limited to distributing liquor in select states. The Spirit Hub warehouse management platform helps the distiller sell directly to consumers while staying compliant with regulations across the country.
Buddha Brands partners with TrueCommerce to achieve full integration between its EDI and ERP solutions.
West Pak Avocado distributes avocados to hundreds of customers around the globe. To maintain efficient transportation through seasonal peaks, West Pak partnered with a third-party logistics provider to move produce as quickly as possible.
Online grocery shopping has morphed from a temporary necessity to a new way of life. Retailers with the best order fulfillment process and the highest-quality customer service will gain the upper hand.
As the COVID-19 pandemic redefines consumer behaviors, some nostalgic supply chain practices are making a comeback.
Take a look at the top ten Inbound Logistics articles that got readers buzzing in 2019.
Profile of Michael Wasson, chief operations officer with Tosca, a leading provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions for retailers and suppliers that are focused on the perishable food supply chain.
Leadership profile of Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America.
News and trends impacting the food and beverage supply chain.
Advance ship notices (ASNs) can boost the retail supply chain’s ability to deliver what the consumer wants with speed and accuracy.
Church’s chicken was in the market to lower packaging material costs so they partnered with a food packaging specialist for a more cost effective solution.
As more and more consumers order delivered meals from restaurants or through pre-packaged meal kits, foodservice companies will need to focus on quality and safety as much as they do speed and cost-efficiency.
Build-a-bowl restaurants are proliferating. But supply chain professionals have their work cut out for them because the concept creates new challenges.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Companies and consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and shifting from a traditional linear supply chain to a circular one. By reducing the demand for manufactured products, we can reduce the toxicity and volume of waste that end up in landfills.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
How the TMS should evolve to increase end-to-end transparency and centralize your supply chain’s data.
The Global Food Safety Initiative is working to improve food safety across the globe through GFSI-recognized certification programs and its platform for collaboration, and by reducing redundant audits and developing food safety capacity around the world.
While the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 set the guidelines and rulemaking for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) in process, there are still gaps in compliance. Here's how to address them.
From bananas to grapes and cherries, get the flavor of the fruit supply chain with these fun facts.