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LOSS PREVENTION / FOOD SAFETY Still, as the retail industry expands its breadth of business channels, suppliers and distribution partners, the opportunity for contamination also increases – as does the pressure to ensure consumers are purchasing safe merchandise. This is not an easy task as grocers struggle to protect their food supply from, among other factors: Natural and man-made disasters. The episodes run the gamut, and sadly, the hits seem to keep on coming: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. The volcano in Iceland. And, most recently, the deepwater oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Food safety “can only be solved through better inspection, visibility and preventive controls.” — Adam Mussomeli, Deloitte Fresh Approaches Retailers increasingly turn to technology to gain visibility into a fragile food supply chain BY DEENA AMATO-McCOY The impacts on the food chain are seemingly endless, but top concerns include water contamination; loss of harvest or livestock; increased susceptibility to disease; and the destruction of irrigation systems and other agricultural infrastructure. “These few alone can have long-term effects on production including crops, forest growth and arable lands, all of which require time to mature,” says Adam Mussomeli, practice leader for the U.S. consumer products supply chain and operations division of Deloitte. Lack of internal checks and balances. While much of the media and F resh scandals involving food safety seem to emerge on a monthly basis. Whether caused by kinks in the supply chain, natural (or manmade) disasters or a simple lack of checks and balances, food safety practices are being tested at every turn. But there is hope. In addition to supporting proposed legislation intended to protect the food chain, grocers are de62 STORES / JULY 2010 ploying technologies like notification systems and collaboration tools to fight food contamination. public attention is focused on the disasters, the last few food safety concerns didn’t result from such events, but rather from “steps missed in simple day-to-day activities,” says David Senerchia, director of new business development for Zebra Technologies. This includes operating store-level coolers at optimal temperatures, as well as supplier and distributor partners paying the same critical attention to temperatures of coolers and trailers along the supply chain. A major culWWW.STORES.ORG http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - July 2010

STORES Magazine
Editor's Page
President's Page
Retail People
Corporate Leadership
Top 100 Retailers
Location Apps
Food Safety
Risk Management
ARTS Update
Point of View
NRF News
Retail Industry Calendar
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STORES Magazine - July 2010