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Supply Chain

Logistics

Planning for Success
New technology helps retailers manage the complexities of farm-to-fork logistics.
By Jenny McTaggart

E

ven in the Digital Age, getting
service for Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods,
food from a farm to a customer's
says technology has certainly been a game-changfork is as relevant as ever -
er during his 37 years at the 125-year-old compabut the task has
ny. "The biggest change I've seen is
become far more
a more varied item offering, with
complicated than many in the
many more choices and flavors for
"When
industry could have predicted,
the consumer," he notes. "This has
supermarkets
thanks in large part to logistimade things more challenging for
succeed in
cal challenges that range from
our logistics team members, but
streamlining their
unpredictable traffic to ultrawe've been able to execute the lodelivery process,
perishable fruit.
gistics functions for food products
logistics costs
The onus is now on retailers and
effectively within the environment
are kept to a
their supply chain partners to come
of increased complexity, due to
up with smart, cost-effective and
greater use of technology."
minimum, farmers
dependable solutions to keep them
Hormel is also relying on
have a lower
at the front, or at least near the head
smarter
partnerships with its retailer
return rate, and
of, the retailing pack.
partners,
he notes, pointing to its
customers get
So far, one of the logistical
participation
in backhaul programs
the freshest food
front-runners in the race is Amaas just one example.
possible."
zon, which recently formalized its
-William Salter,
commitment to gain ground in the
Asda's on the Right Route
Paragon Software
grocery business by bidding for the
Of the many types of logisticsSystems
country's largest natural food rerelated technology to shape the intailer, Austin, Texas-based Whole
dustry, transportation-related soluFoods Market.
tions such as route optimization
Ironically, it's technology, which
software are helping companies
Seattle-based Amazon certainly
better navigate farm-to-fork delivknows a thing or two about, that may
ery. According to William Salter,
be the most coveted tool to sharpen
CEO and president of Dallasretailers' logistical know-how as they
based Paragon Software Systems,
step up their competitive games.
his company's retail customers, inThomas Gravelle, director of locluding Asda and Stewart's Shops,
gistics, transportation and customer
are seeing some advantages to using

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