Category: Food, Grocery and Natural Foods Retail supply chain

Purdue University Researchers Quantify How Current U.S. Trade Policies Have Multi-Billion Dollar Negative Impacts on Agricultural Markets

A new report sponsored by the Farm Foundation in the United States and conducted by economists at Purdue University provides the extent of how much U.S. farmers could be economically impacted with current U.S. trade policies. Reports of the study’s findings are rippling across U.S. Midwest media and agricultural news sources.

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Additional Background Related to Kroeger’s Investment in Future Online Fulfillment Capabilities

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on additional information related to U.S. supermarket retailer Kroeger’s initiatives to leverage Ocado robotics technology in a network of automated online fulfillment warehouses.

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Multiple Romaine Lettuce Product Recalls: U.S. Joint Regulatory Investigations Provide Ample Evidence to Problem Statements. Is the Answer a Specific Technology?

The latest U.S. government investigative report on the series of contaminated romaine lettuce incidents during 2018 has prompted Supply Chain Matters Editor Bob Ferrari to comment on where technology can play an important role. The answer is not Blockchain alone but in a full understanding of the problem to be solved and the benefits for all stakeholders.

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Kraft Heinz Stunning Financial Stumble- A Watershed Industry Development

The Supply Chain Matters blog reflects on this week’s stunning financial performance disclosures from Kraft Heinz and how consumer products supply chain management teams can now hopefully move forward with required investments in instilling demand and supply network agility and augmented responsiveness to a totally change business model.

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Addressing the World of Agile Customization with Nulogy

The Supply Chain Matters blog is pleased to announce to our global-based readership audience that Nulogy Corporation will be a Sustaining level thought leadership sponsor of this highly recognized supply chain business process and technology focused blog.

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Supply Chain Matters Top Ten Most Popular Blogs in 2018

Supply Chain Matters Editor Bob Ferrari outlines the ten most popular blog commentaries in 2018 along with close runners-up.

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Global Supply Chain Management Teams- Ready and Able for the 2018 Holiday Customer Fulfillment Surge

This weekend marks the official kickoff of the 2018 holiday customer fulfillment surge period which will once again test months of planning and investment in various people, process and technology deployment areas to manage expected high shipment volumes.

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Walmart’s Blockchain Technology Mandate- Have Prior Mandates Provided Industry Learning

Walmart has declared yet another supply network technology mandate and the open question is whether prior learning, technology maturity and needs for industry buy-in have provided necessary learning. In this industry analyst editorial commentary, Supply Chain Matters explores the purpose, actions, industry governance and technology considerations that involve such mandates.

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An Industry Example of Sudden Supply Chain Disruption and Risk

In these times, dynamic and unplanned changes in either product demand or supply dimensions can impact just about any industry supply network. One evolving example involves agriculture and food supply chains, specifically the U.S. pork industry. The U.S. based pork industry is currently experiencing a lot of dramatic disruptive change on both product demand and supply dimensions.

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Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods One Year Later- Augmenting Food Supply Network and Distribution Capabilities

It has been a little over one-year since Amazon disrupted the natural and fresh food industry with its acquisition of Whole Foods. While many current one-year hence commentaries focus mainly on online customer impacts, Supply Chain Matters is of the belief that the evolving strategy thus far is one of augmenting supply network and distribution capabilities.

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The Globe's Largest Pork Producer Caught in the Crossfire of Tariff Tensions

This Supply Chain Matters commentary serves as a side-panel to our prior posting: Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War August 24 , 2018. We wanted to highlight a perspective of a Chinese enterprise, who previously diversified into the U.S., also being impacted by ongoing tariff dynamics.

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