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Waste Not, Want Not: Thanksgiving and the Food Waste Conundrum

By Janie Ryan | November 20, 2017

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For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with family and celebrate abundance. For big grocery chains, it means anxiously overseeing a network of suppliers and shippers as they move vital ingredients across the country (and around the world), all while working in tricky weather that demands solid logistical execution to avoid late - or spoiled - deliveries. Grocery retailers always risk losing precious inventory, but never is it more critical to receive the right foods at the right time than during Thanksgiving week. Instead of hoping that their pumped-up stocks of turkey and pumpkin pie arrive intact and on time, grocery chains avoid supply chain disaster by overstocking many of these key items and running tried-and-true marketing gimmicks to flood their aisles with shoppers. While it ensures that Thanksgiving continues to be a celebration of plenty, concerns about food waste and changing consumer preferences are posing new challenges to this model. Increasingly, food retailers are making their Thanksgiving supply chains more efficient, prioritizing sustainability, freshness, and satisfied customers without compromising profit.

Climate Change and the Supply Chain

By Aila Abellanosa and Maricar Mojica | November 17, 2017

As climate change risks grow — rising sea levels, change in precipitation patterns, extreme droughts and heat waves, and intensification of hurricane events — global supply chains are vulnerable to major disruptions. In consideration of this new reality, there are some mitigative measures companies can take to make disasters less costly.

How Supply Stores Survived Harvey and Irma

By Michael Joe A. Ramirez | October 18, 2017

After back-to-back hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the United States in September, supply stores across the country were put to the test in terms of preparedness and their capacity to recover quickly from the destruction caused by the unusual weather. According to reports, the combined property damages from hurricanes Harvey and Irma ranged from US $150 to $200 billion, ranking among the most expensive disasters in US history. Those numbers don’t even include financial losses calculated from lost output and production stoppages. While these costs may indicate massive operational consequences for normal businesses, supply stores — if properly prepared for the calamity — can truly serve as warehouses of aid and resources in times of disaster.

Walmart Looking to Reduce Footprint

By Mary Grace Figuracion | October 13, 2017

For years now, Walmart has been on a mission to achieve safer products for its consumers. It's no surprise then that the company became a signatory of the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), a project of Clean Production Action, which provides a tool for benchmarking companies as they select safer alternatives and reduce their use of chemicals of high concern. This year, the company took a major risk in becoming the first major retailer to join around two dozen of other companies that detailed the hazardous chemicals used in their products and supply chain.

Tropical Storm Nate: What You Need to Know

By Joseph Tanador | October 6, 2017

Since the three most recent destructive hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and the Southeastern US, Tropical Storm Nate is now brewing in the Gulf Coast. As the storm strengthens, here’s what you need to know:

Tesla Raises the Bar on Production Goals

By Stephen Fortes | October 6, 2017

This year Tesla debuted in the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, and it came out strong, receiving an “excellent” reputation rating as it sits on the top nine among a hundred other companies and the highest of any automaker to be included on the list.

Becoming the Next Auto Hub

By Tal Porat | September 29, 2017

Global car makers are facing massive costs to quickly develop new technologies by delving into the production of lower-emission cars and self-driving cars. The competition to be on top of the automotive industry means creating unusual partnerships.

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Mary Angela Cortes | September 27, 2017

All businesses are bound to experience some bumps in the road in the course of their corporate existence. From the logistical challenges in smaller companies to the complexities in supply chains as they grow and mature into a full-blown enterprises, one’s fate in the business world is determined by how one responds to these challenges.

2017 Hurricanes: A Katrina Deja Vu

By Tal Porat | September 24, 2017

Around this time of the year in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the United States and left 1,800 people dead and more than a million displaced in the Gulf Coast region. It also destroying over 200,000 homes in New Orleans. Similar to Hurricane Harvey, Katrina also impacted the Gulf of Mexico before hitting the United States.

Keeping it Fresh: Supply Chain of Livestock and Fresh Food

By Angelo Alix | September 23, 2017

Complexity is a major issue faced by most production-based supply chains because of the interconnected nature across global operations; and when it comes to livestock and fresh food, their perishable and voluminous nature create unique challenges that make matters significantly worse.