Meijer has rolled out Shop & Scan technology to all of its Midwest locations. Customers can scan and bag items as they shop through a free app and can complete the transaction by scanning their smartphone at a self-checkout kiosk to pay.
San Francisco-based online grocer Farmstead has teamed up with Alex Lee, parent company of Lowes Foods and Merchants Distributors, to extend its reach into North and South Carolina. Farmstead founder and CEO Pradeep Elankumaran noted that the company is planning to join with other distributors and grocery chains throughout the country.
Managing modern consumer goods supply chains is demanding, but measuring supply chain performance should be simple. It isn't yet -- because of an inconsistent approach to the critical OTIF metric. Consumers expect products to be on the shelf. The US food retail industry loses an estimated $15-20 billion in sales every year because items are out of stock or otherwise unsaleable. That's around 2-3% of its total sales. The main operational challenge for the consumer sector is to achieve high levels of on-shelf availability, while keeping supply chain costs down and inventories under control. Read more.
One trend emerging at the center of food retail store design is the micro-fulfillment center, a new automation in the industry. Although small, as the name implies, these warehouses are well equipped to autonomously fulfill online orders -- fast and efficiently. Micro-fulfillment offers an end-to-end solution plugging into any grocery store's already existing network and making e-commerce profitable. Learn more.
The food industry is very familiar with food recalls, and retailers and wholesalers execute multiple food recalls each week. Two high profile and market crippling consumer advisories last year from the FDA and CDC for romaine lettuce not only captured the attention of food safety professionals but captured the attention of individuals outside of food safety. Entire business operations and individuals at all levels -- from store associates to CEOs -- and most importantly, customers were impacted. Find out more.
In today's "prosumer" world, consumers are placing greater pressure on suppliers and retailers to raise their standards and performance with regards to how products are made and who makes them. Product sourcing is a supply chain responsibility and the accountability rests on the shoulders of many people, companies and governments. The Safe Quality Food Institute's Fundamentals Factors for Social Responsibility Standard (F2SR), based off ILO (International Labor Organization) guidelines, includes provisions to mitigate against forced labor. Read more.
Some US farmers are boosting their incomes in an era of low produce prices with entertainment including letting people pay to shoot corn, pumpkins and other produce from an air gun. Traditional fall farm activities including hayrides and corn mazes have been joined by less-traditional entertainment including goat yoga and produce shooting.
Cranberry season peaks in October and demand for the fruit is strongest through the holidays, but only about 3% of the crop is sold as fresh produce and the rest is processed. Marketers and retailers aim to expand fresh sales with promotions like "buy two, freeze one," Oppy Category Manager Tony Illiano said.
An organic fungicide called Clonostachys rosea CR-7 that recently won approval for use in the US as an alternative to chemicals that endanger bee populations will be delivered to plants by the pollinators themselves. Bees walk through a tray of the pesticide, made by Canada-based Bee Vectoring Technologies, before exiting the hive, and they distribute it as they fly from plant to plant.
BJ's Wholesale Club has named Lee Delaney as its new president, effective immediately. Delaney previously served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, and will lead retail, e-commerce and membership operations, while also focusing on merchandising, marketing and supply chain.
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