A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition

Supply Chain Matters

BravoSolution CEO Jim Wetekamp provides a Supply Chain Matters guest commentary on the procurement and supply chain management impacts of the pending Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

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Investing in More Organic, Sustainable and Ethical Food Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

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Report on Whole Foods Inventory Stockouts- Focus on the Implication vs. Symptoms

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters comments on a published Business Insider report indicating a crisis of on-shelf availability of food items among Whole Foods retail outlets. Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Technology Supply chain wide visibility concept of Digitally-Enabled Response Networks Direct Store Delivery future retail supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Whole Foods inventory management initiatives

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The Building Realities of Transforming to More Organic and Sustainable Food Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

In January, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s bold adherence to staunch standards for high quality, ethically based food ingredients served at its various restaurants. Chipotle boldly suspended the use of pork sourced from an unnamed regionally based pork supplier evoking broad media headlines. According to Chipotle, a routine audit discovered […].

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The Complexities and Challenges of a Fresh Food Supply Chain

All Things Supply Chain

Whether this move by the world’s… Procurement Management Supply Chain Management fast food food supply chainOn March 6th, McDonald’s announced the decision to start using fresh beef in the Quarter Pounder at all locations in the contiguous United States.

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Technology Responds to Consumer Demands for Specific Knowledge of Food Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Intesource’s customers generally reside within various tiers of food and beverage supply chains either as retailers, wholesalers or restaurant services providers. Besides addressing significant converging industry, IT and people skill megatrends impacting supply chains, I also addressed the needs for greater levels of multi-tiered visibility and transparency across food supply chains.

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New and More Controversial Food Labeling Requirements About to Go Into Effect in the United States

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, the United States Congress passed new federal legislation related to the labeling of food ingredients, specifically food products made from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Sustainability in Supply Chain challenges surrounding food and grocery industry supply chains changing food labeling requirements Supply chain Matters blog

Chipotle’s Ongoing Brand and Food Safety Crisis Continues to Hinder Return of Former Patrons

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters provides an update on the ongoing brand and supply chain related challenges that have impacted Chipotle Mexican Grill, specifically a past series of food related illnesses including E-coli and salmonella tied to the chain. Subsequent government investigations could not determine any specific causes of prior multiple outbreaks, which presented a challenge in-itself. […].

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Keeping It Fresh: How to Improve Operational Effectiveness and Reduce Total Landed Costs in the Fresh Food Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Todd Bernitt, Vice President of Managed Services at Robinson Fresh addresses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: Who are the key participants in the fresh food supply chain and what are some of the key processes or challenges involved?

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7 Trending Business Practices Disrupting Procurement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

7 KPIs Your Procurement Team May Be Ignoring! Procurement is a business function that has undergone a lot of change in the last few years. As a believer in the power of procurement, this recognition makes me happy. procurement #technologyadoption #supplychainmanagement.

Some Positive Supply Chain Food Safety Efforts at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters has featured several streaming commentaries focused on Chipotle Mexican Grill, and in our latest update, we are willing to add some praise to ongoing food safety efforts across the supply chain. Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing blog in supply chain management Chipotle Mexican Grill Chipotle Mexican Grill supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

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Breaking News: H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Mega-Merger Portend Additional Tremors Across CPG Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Heinz will merge with Kraft Foods Group in a combined public company that will be named Kraft Heinz Company. It would create what is expected to be the world’s fifth largest food and beverage company featuring many well-known consumer brands. This morning, financial headlines reveal the rather stunning but not unexpected news that H.J.

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FDA’s Emerging Regulations for Reduced Sodium Intake in Food Implies Broader Transparency

Supply Chain Matters

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long overdue guidelines targeted at cutting the daily salt content for both packaged food products as well as restaurant meals. When implemented, such guidelines are obviously going to impact food related supply chains, but a proactive approach could lead to both business and […]. Earlier in the month, the U.S.

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Overcoming the Crisis of CPG Big Food Industry Supply Chain Disruption

Supply Chain Matters

The packaged consumer product goods and food industry, specifically large, global branded firms and their supply chains, has been included in our list […]. Included in our Supply Chain Matters Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains (available for no-cost complimentary downloading in our Research Center) are what we predicted would be certain extraordinary industry-specific challenges.

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The Next Time You Order a Fruit Cup (The Complexities of the Fresh Food Supply Chain)

Talking Logistics

Not all supply chains are created equal and that’s certainly true when it comes to the fresh food supply chain. There are a lot of unique considerations in the overall procurement-to-delivery process, everything from temperature control to ensuring food safety. So, what does it take to improve operational effectiveness and reduce total landed costs in the fresh food supply chain? Robinson fresh food supply chain Robinson Fresh

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2017 Industry Specific Prediction- Consumer Packaged Food and Beverage Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

In our recently unveiled 2017 Predictions for Industry Supply Chains (Available for complimentary downloading in our Research Center), we elected to include Consumer Packaged Food (CPG) and Beverage supply chains in our industry-specific predictions.

GS1 Registry: Achieving Food Security with Sustainable Farming Standards


The leading global organization that develops and maintains the most widely-used standards system in the world helps address the issues concerning food security by sharing its own standards. The summit focuses on food security and sustainable agriculture to empower farmers.

Country of Origin Legislative Actions for Food Has Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications

Supply Chain Matters

The reasons are obvious- consumers demand and expect knowledge as to the specific sourcing origins of food products. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Service Parts Planning Supply Chain Risk Management COOL meat labeling law in the United States Livingston International Supply chain Matters blog

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Procurement and Suppliers on the Same Page: How to Craft an Effective Terms & Conditions Sales Document


Editor's Note: Today's blog is the second part of Chuck Intrieri's series on how procurement and suppliers can avoid issues with their contracts. Procurement and suppliers often assume that small print is highly complicated legal jargon that is both boring and largely irrelevant. It Would Benefit Both Procurement and Suppliers To Write in a Clear, Friendly, and Organized Manner. Procurement

Procurement Experiences, Trends and the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Where is procurement, outsourcing, sourcing, supply chain, and purchasing going? We have worked in hundreds of different industries and spend areas over many years in thousands of procurement projects.

Kraft Heinz Stunning Financial Stumble- A Watershed Industry Development

Supply Chain Matters

Consumers have not waivered in their quests for buying and consuming health-conscious and sustainable food. They are now far more digital savvy in the way they evaluate, shop for or consume food.

Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! (Videos)

Supply Chain Game Changer

But the single most important Supply Chain is the Food Supply Chain! Our very survival depends on there even being a Food Supply Chain. On one hand there is a horrendously large amount of Food Waste. The Food Supply Chain, the most important Supply Chain in the World, is BROKEN!

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

Supply Chain Matters

food and agriculture sector, the current shape of trade policies, including steel and aluminum tariffs and the corresponding retaliatory tariffs, is leading towards an export loss of $9.8 The impacts on food related supply and product demand networks is obviously not to be minimized.

The Future of the Chief Procurement Officer … Is Already Here!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Procurement? Kodiak Rating’s CTO was recently in attendance at a Procurement Leaders event held in London, titled DITx?—?Data As written by Procurement Leaders, “DITx is Europe’s ONLY event specifically designed for procurement professionals wanting to capitalize on a whole new set of opportunities that disrupt yet provide new transformative, value adding capabilities” ( Procurement Leaders 2017 ). Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Five Capabilities to Take the Food and Beverage Supply Chain to the Next Level


Food and beverage supply chains face mounting pressure to reduce costs, add more value and do more with fewer resources. Food and beverage companies run on razor-thin margins. White Paper: Food & Drink Customer Centricity.

Current and Forecasted Severe Flooding Across the U.S. Midwest Adds to Risks of Agricultural Supply and Surface Transportation Disruption

Supply Chain Matters

Midwest region is having a cascading effect on agricultural, food, fertilizer, and fuel related supply networks. What remains unclear will be the effect on food prices in the coming weeks and months, along with transportation costs. Severe flooding in the U.S.

Q: Food vs Fuel? A: Wrong question…We need more efficient markets!

Supply Chain View from the Field

I have been working with Jay Golden at Duke University on the biobased forecasting project for the USDA, seeking to understand the current scope of the biobased product market ( focused on non-fuel, non-food products). He has been working in the industry for over 25 years, and we had an opportunity to share thoughts on the “food vs. fuel” debate. There is hunger in the market, but it is not caused by a shortage of food.

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The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean


From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) may rely on temperature sensors in trucks to identify food spoilages , which can catalyze a diversion of an existing shipment to meet the immediate needs of the consumer affected by spoilage. Procurement’s Role Did Become More Important.

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How Big Food and Beverage Could Revolutionize the Natural Movement


The fast food giant uses around two billion eggs each year, prompting many to ask the same question: are there enough cage-free eggs to make that many Egg McMuffins? Since McDonald’s isn’t the only food provider opting for cage-free eggs, there’s a risk of undersupply.

Six Must Have Supply Chain Capabilities for Success in the Food and Beverage Industry


Last week we shared five capabilities to help take the Food & Beverage supply chain to the next level. The food & beverage industry faces a lengthy list of unique challenges from long raw material lead-times and volatile commodity pricing to safety and quality requirements combined with high demand uncertainty, frequent new product introductions, perishability and complex manufacturing constraints. Much has changed in the Food & Beverage Industry over the last 20 years.

Optimizing Retail Supply Chains to Meet Demand and Reduce Costs


Change your thinking on retail procurement. Robinson can offer Managed Procurement Services and assess the entire end to end pipeline of your retail model, looking at each element holistically to see how changes in one piece of the process could lead to changes in another.

How Events Can Change in a Matter of Months- Time for Chipotle to Openly Demonstrate Resolve

Supply Chain Matters

In a January 2015 Supply Chain Matters commentary, we praised Mexican food restaurant chain Chipotle for adherence to established food quality standards and taking decisive action when a regional supplier of pork was not adhering to humane animal standards.

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The Local Food Movement is right around the corner


Ask yourself, when shopping for fresh food, do you seek out and buy from local suppliers? – If your tendency is to choose local products over national brands and local producers over far off producers, you’re a part of an important market segment within fresh food. Local food is often perceived to come from trusted suppliers, travels less food miles and pumps dollars back into the local economy. But all food simply cannot be sourced locally.

This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on a turbulent week of Brexit related developments and on the implications for multi-industry supply chain scenario disruption risk contingency planning.

What are the Supply Chain Impacts of Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. Big news out of the grocery retail world as Amazon has announced its acquisition of major organic foods retailer Whole Foods Market – for an eye-popping $13.7 Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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