Food Logistics

How Labor, Technology, Security and Logistics Mitigate Today’s Supply Chain Issues

Globally, we are in an environment where there are unprecedented challenges and tremendous pressure in the food supply chain. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, conflict, immigration policies and climate issues are just some of the factors at play. As they pertain to the cold food and beverage industry, logistics issues are mainly driven by what's happening worldwide. They are not unique to one country. A million things have to go right in the supply chain and only one thing has to go wrong to cause a ripple effect of disruptions. Currently, companies are swimming against the tide.
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A Smarter Cold Chain for a Brighter Future

In the global food logistics industry, the process of getting food from source to store has many complex interdependencies—none more so than the cold chain. Indeed, cold chains now extend across the globe and play a vital role in food production and distribution. Critical to food safety and the...
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4 Grocery Retail Trends to Watch

Today’s grocery retail market remains in flux as the pandemic outlook evolves and unexpected global events impact the U.S. economy and consumer demand. Looking at 2022 so far, inflation rates are worse than anticipated and will likely remain in place longer than initially predicted. Rising prices, compounded by pronounced, ongoing labor shortages, are forcing many grocery retailers to adjust sales and marketing strategies in accordance with changing consumer demand. Here are four trends that should be top of mind for grocery retailers looking to increase profitability and efficiency in today’s market.

Rock Stars of the Supply Chain Rise to the Occasion

This past year put quite the strain on the cold food and beverage industries. Foodservice operations closed doors, many for good. Prices of ingredients jumped. The driver and labor shortage took over. The constant dodging and pivoting of disruptions, bottlenecks and threats continue to challenge the cold food chain. Yet,...

L.I.N.K. | Continue to Invest in Yourself

Vice president of customer experience of U.S. Xpress, Julie Van De Kamp, also a winner of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's 2021 Women in Supply Chain award, comes on the podcast and explains why it is so important to keep investing in yourself to grow your skills in the supply chain.

How Video Telematics Helps Food and Beverage Industry Prioritize Safety and Reduce Insurance Premiums

The food and beverage sector faces a unique set of daily risks that the pandemic magnified when it took an unprecedented toll on the industry. As the nation's second-largest private-sector employer, restaurants provide full-time employment for one in 10 U.S. workers, making the food and beverage industry one of the most critical sectors globally. While it is a fast-paced environment and many links keep the food and beverage supply chain moving, one significant disruption can shutter operations instantly.

Transportation and Logistics Sector Faces Employee Onboarding Challenges

Across the country, supply chains have been severely affected by issues brought on by the pandemic; limiting the capacity to get products to the end of the line in any sort of timely fashion. But, for an industry so reliant on the timely delivery of materials and the overall adherence to schedules, the transportation and logistics (T&L) industry may be feeling the pains of these issues more than others.

3 Reasons to Automate Stretch Wrapping Capabilities

Stretch wrapping is an area of the packaging process that tends to get overlooked at times, and it’s easy to see why. Applying stretch wrap is literally the last step before pallets are loaded onto tractor-trailers for delivery. For some, just getting stretch wrap around the product a few times is good enough. But, is it?

How Real Wireless Power Will Transform the Supply Chain

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming supply chains, from asset tracking to inventory management to warehouse and fleet operations. There are more than 10 billion IoT devices operating today, and in the next decade, experts project an additional 15 billion devices will come online. IoT devices have the potential to tell supply chain managers where assets are, keep employees safer onsite and yield valuable data that can be used to eliminate logistics bottlenecks and ensure product quality.

Why Visibility Matters in the Food Supply Chain

I think I have said it roughly 100 times on this publication, people want to know where their food is coming from. It’s how you build brand loyalty with new consumers, avoid negative media attention and get held accountable for your sustainability practices. But it’s now so much more than...

Does Mainstream Media Impact Consumer Opinion on Food Safety?

I watched a particularly chilling episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the other day where most of the setting took place at a meat packing warehouse. The episode details the uncleanliness of the facility and has scenes that feature cross contaminations of meat, food fraud and more. It was disturbing on so many other levels that I forgot that the main plotline was about a murder. What I took away from it, though, was how important food safety is and why it should be at the top of logistics professionals minds.

L.I.N.K. Live | Food Logistics Editors Talk Workforce Development

Marina, Brielle and Mackenna talk workforce development in the supply chain, following SCN Summit: Workforce Development. #LINKLive. Tune in every Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT to see the editors share their thoughts on what's happening in the industry at or Subscribe to the L.I.N.K. podcast. Nominate your company...

Time to Create Smarter Supply Chains to Stop Cargo Theft in its Tracks

With an ever-expanding U.S. population, the demand for goods has never been higher. Neither has the number of commercial freight trucks carrying highly valuable loads on America’s roads. This has brought its own set of problems, the worst of which is cargo theft by organized criminal gangs. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, losses from cargo theft were $12.8 million, with 140 incidents reported across the United States and Canada. Global transportation service providers (TSPs) can leverage supply chain visibility solutions to provide real-time operational and risk intelligence. Yet, only 6% of 623 supply chain professionals across 17 countries think they have adequate supply chain visibility, and of those respondents, 70% consider their supply chains as either very or extremely complex.