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Summer Stock: Dealing with zooming costs

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What may not dissipate with the end of the pandemic are soaring costs, suppliers say. It starts with trucks.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.6 Balance Objectives

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Razor thin margins, price fluctuations, and high levels of product waste tend to drive a cost control mentality in the produce industry.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.5 – Diversify Resources

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Putting all your proverbial eggs (or fruits and vegetables) in one basket is a risky proposition. A wide range of problems can jeopardize product flows originating from a single grower or region.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.4 – Appreciate Frontliners

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If we learned anything during the early days of the pandemic, it’s that supply chain team members are essential workers. Frontline staff working in the fields, packing plants, and warehouses perform critical tasks and provide the capability to keep up with demand.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.3 Safeguard Supplies

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When faced with a crisis, organizations focus on the big issues that impact supply chain success—labor, transportation, key suppliers, and major customers. Yet we learned over the last two years that the little things often matter the most.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.2 Leverage Data

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There’s so much talk about the abundance of data, analytics, and digitalization that it’s difficult to imagine that many companies lack the business intelligence to make sound supply chain decisions—yet that’s the reality for some organizations.

Six ways to relieve supply chain pain: No.1 Embrace Contract Flexibility

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Significant disruptions have become more commonplace as companies struggle to maintain consistent product flows and to control operating costs.

Western Growers innovation center helps improve cold chain efficiency for Del Monte

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Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) recently assisted Inteligistics, a WGCIT partner, in the evaluation of Inteligistics’ InteliCool system at Fresh Del Monte facilities in Salinas, CA and Yuma, AZ.

Technology key to improving transportation, Hwy Haul CEO says

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There are so many things working against the supply chain that good times seem far away.

Georgia’s supply chain: a state of emergency

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Georgia is the first state to respond to current supply difficulties in this way, although members of the California congressional delegation urged a similar measure on Governor Gavin Newsom in November.