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Talking Fresh Food Supply Chains on Talking Logistics
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Talking Fresh Food Supply Chains on Talking Logistics

When I head into a store or restaurant, I can’t help but think about all of the behind-the-scenes work it took to get the products I use every day onto the shelves or plate in front of me. Accessibility to the items we consume is the result of the complex processes of the fresh food supply chain—safely, efficiently moving product from fields to shelves—all orchestrated by supply chain professionals around the world.

I joined Adrian Gonzalez on an episode of Talking Logistics to discuss the fresh food supply chain—specifically the trends, challenges, and best practices that impact them. Here are a few of the highlights.

The logistics of a fresh fruit cup

Explaining the complexities and numerous factors that impact the fresh food supply chain is better done with a tangible product in mind. So, think about a fresh fruit cup. Consumers know that mixed berries and tropical fruits don’t magically appear in restaurant kitchens. Rather, fruit cups are possible thanks to fresh supply chains.

Inventory management processes are key

Retailers, restaurants, and foodservice companies all want to make sure the right products get to their locations at the right time, at the right temperature, at the right price. That’s why the right inventory management processes are important.

3 critical attributes of a best in class operation

By nature, supply chains are complex. But with supply chain and vertical experts on your side, best practices and proven processes in place, and the right technology platform providing you with the visibility and data you need, you can execute and manage the complexities of fresh food supply chains.

Data management leads to improved operational performance

Real time data lets you make faster, more accurate decisions for your supply chain and can help uncover hidden costs. Suppliers, transportation providers, and distributors can all have very different levels of technology, and those technologies can impact your data. Learn more about the importance of data management in this clip.

Two trends in the fresh food supply chain

With consumer habits changing by seemingly the day, retailers, restaurants, and foodservice companies need to be able to execute on inventory turns faster. After all, consumers expect the items they want to be available—at the price marked on the menu, display, or advertisement. That’s where inventory management and cost containment come into play.

5 questions to assess your fresh supply chain

Without a doubt, the fresh food supply chain can be difficult to navigate, but working with experienced, collaborative providers can make all the difference. In this clip, you’ll get five key questions to guide your conversation and help ensure you’re working with a company that aligns with your supply chain strategy.

You can watch the episode in its entirety here.

Final thoughts

The right technology-driven solution can help you see what may be missing in your supply chain. As a division of C.H. Robinson, a top global third party logistics provider, Robinson Fresh offers this solution via our managed procurement services (MPS), which combine a powerful technology platform that provides a wide range of functions and integrated solutions to help you see and streamline your entire supply chain.

If you’d like to explore options to improve your fresh supply chain, connect with one of our supply chain experts.

Todd Bernitt

Todd Bernitt - Vice President of Managed Services for Robinson Fresh

Todd has worked for C.H. Robinson for the past 23 years. In that time he has held multiple positions in numerous areas of the company—from truckload to intermodal and most recently Sourcing. As Vice President of Managed Services for Robinson Fresh, Todd manages strategic direction, resource allocation, and technology to meet the demands of foodservice customers and suppliers. Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University.
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