We believe that the one overriding food industry concern is how to best manage food safety across the global supply chain while ensuring regulatory compliance. This article is meant to provide the reader with background information as well as action steps that can be taken to mitigate the inherent risks of a global food supply chain.
From the Outside In: Supply Chain as Strategic Advantage October 16, By Lisa Harrington Even non-supply chain executives appreciate the value of flexible and agile operations. More to the Story: Inside the Boardroom Leading companies have come to realize that supply chain management is vital to success in the global market.
Organizations now put logistics operations on the agenda for management discussion—including in the C-suite. CEOs recognize that their supply chains are strategic assets, both for delivering on the customer promise and for fueling growth. Overall, they give their supply chains reasonably high marks for client satisfaction and operational efficiency, according to a recent study by IBM's Institute for Business Value.
Executives in outperforming enterprises, however, rate their supply chains even more highly. To gain better insight into how "outsiders" perceive supply chain management, Inbound Logistics asked senior non-supply chain executives at two leading companies to share their views.
They discuss the supply chain's role in business generally, and within their enterprises specifically; how that role has changed over the past few years; and how it contributes to profitability, success, sustainability, innovation, customer service, and competitive advantage.
AT Unilever, flexible Supply Chain is The new table stakes On any given day, two billion people use Unilever's products to look good, feel good, and get more out of life. From long-established names such as Lipton, Knorr, Lifebuoy, Sunlight, and Pond's to new innovations such as the Pureit affordable water purifier, Unilever's range of brands is as diverse as its worldwide consumer base.
The company markets more than brands, ranging from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice cream, affordable soap, luxurious shampoo, and everyday household care products.
Many of these brands embrace long-standing, strong social missions, such as Lifebuoy's drive to promote hygiene through hand washing with soap, and Dove's campaign for real beauty.
Emerging markets account for 57 percent of its business. The company employs more thanpeople. Most importantly, it is about delivering value to customers. In an increasingly omni-channel environment, it becomes even more important to create a channel-segmented, responsive, and flexible supply chain—and to do so at the lowest possible cost.
That has become the new table stakes. Launched in Novemberthe USLP "sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental impact, while increasing our positive social impact," Kruythoff says. Supply chain has played a significant role in advancing the company's sustainable sourcing initiative.
Finally, driving growth, which is the most critical role. Its stores across 16 states typically comprise 20, to 25, square feet. Total Wine's business strategy is based on three pillars: The supply chain is critical to delivering on each of these value propositions, says Edward Cooper, Total Wine's vice president of public affairs and communications.
Without an effective supply chain, the company would be hard pressed not only to meet the challenges of succeeding in this heavily regulated industry, but to deliver growth and profitability for today and tomorrow. Our typicalstore carries more than 8, different wines from every wine-producing region in the world.
Its more than 2, store associates receive constant training to stay current on the latest wines, beers, and spirits offerings. Managing large stores with extensive inventory requires an effective and efficient supply chain. Alcohol distribution involves a three-tier system, comprising producers wineries, breweries, distillers, and importerswholesale distributors, and retailers.
Some states—or even counties—operate as alcohol beverage control ABC jurisdictions. Producers may only sell to distributors, who, in turn, may only sell to retailers.
Distributors store product under strict security regulations, shipping it to restaurants for on-premise consumption, or locations such as ABC stores, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers for off-premise consumption. Internet sales of alcohol in the United States are low—just two percent of wine is purchased online—primarily due to these complex and strict regulations.
In the context of this arcane regulatory structure, Total Wine's supply chain team is charged with working with producers and distributors to ensure a smooth operation. This includes managing seasonal and holiday sales peaks and valleys.
Supporting Small Business "Our business model is to seek out new small brewers, vineyards, and artisanal spirits distillers, and bring these products to customers," Cooper says. So our supply chain team works with them to design the logistics needed to support our stores.
It is also, incidentally, the sector of the industry that is most desired by customers, and most underrepresented in distribution.
That's why Total Wine seeks out purveyors of the latest craft beers, and puts together schematics for their distribution. Total Wine's primary focus lies in being a brick-and-mortar retailer, and providing the in-store experience as a value-add to customers.COVER STORY | December /January The Food Safety Challenge of the Global Food Supply Chain.
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Inside the Boardroom "It is critical for non-supply chain executives to understand the way supply chain has evolved from a back-office operation to being the first agenda item in management meetings," notes Carlos Alvarenga, partner/principal, advisory services, at consulting firm EY.
In response to a question recently in the European Parliament from Mairéad McGuiness MEP, one of the Parliament’s Vice Presidents and a member of COMAGRI, the Commission presented updated figures on the distribution of the value added in the food chain between the various actors.
Mairéad McGuinness had asked if the Commission could provide details on the average share/percentage of the. Food retail supplies can help with food preparation and ensure employee safety. Browse through FFR's line of food retail supplies. Logistics is a specialized field of its own comprised of shipping, warehousing, courier services, road/rail transportation and air freight.
Retail companies become involved in supply chain management to control product quality, inventory levels, timing, and expenses.