Building A Supply Chain for the Future

Our Supply Chain architect, Peter Zalinski, was recently featured in Food Logistics, sharing his insights about key challenges for the food supply chain amidst COVID-19.

It takes the perfect unison of people, processes, and technology working together to make a successful and sustainable supply chain. The food industry has been particularly affected by slowdowns from COVID-19—from restaurants, to grocery stores, to wholesale suppliers and everything in between. Keep reading to learn more about Zalinski’s strategies for a future-proof supply chain so that we can be prepared in the event of any disruptions going forward.

Go Contactless
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and reduce cross-contamination as much as possible, businesses are tasked with reconfiguring operations to increase contactless options when available. “This shift will have a lasting impact on how we interact with retail, as well as commercial enterprises within the food chain,” writes Zalinski. A new standard of logistics and material handling is quickly becoming a reality.

Modernize Technology
Taking action through upgrading technology is also a way for businesses to future-proof their processes. “Mitigating the need for physical distancing within a collaborative operational environment requires careful thought, but applications of technology can ensure both business continuity and personal safety,” says Zalinski.

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Identify the Gaps
The increased pressure on the food supply chain is revealing areas that are inefficient or unable to adapt quickly. Though this of course presents challenges, it can also be a great opportunity to learn. “The goal of the supply chain is to maximize the value-add for each node in the chain—grower, processor, distributor, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer,” says Zalinski. Take the time now to uncover what can be improved so that demand can be met, both now and going forward.

Build for the Future
Creating a supply chain with resilience is key. While some businesses are rapidly evolving, by updating to GS1 standards, incorporating new technologies into their processes, or modernizing device deployment, others are simply looking to cope with the challenges of the current environment. “Whatever position you find yourself in, it’s critical that we apply the lessons learned in this crisis to strengthen the supply chain for the future,” says Zalinski.

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