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May 16, 2018
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Collaborating to address issues across the supply chain.
Collaborating to address issues across the supply chain.

The Trading Partner Alliance (TPA), a strategic effort between FMI and the Grocery Manufacturers Association focused on operationalizing business efficiencies, hosted its annual TPA Supply Chain Conference in Orlando last month. We discussed applying technology to lead supply chain disruption and transformation; automation for omnichannel selling; consumer expectations for free and easy returns; workforce development; food safety; blockchain development; and many other relevant topics.

Arguably, the most pressing issue on the minds of attendees was transportation -- because supply chain performance and reliability are imperatives for an industry working within narrow margins of 1 to 2%. Indeed, transportation accounts for a significant amount of expense in the supply chain logistics cost.

I appreciated hearing from one of my industry colleagues, Ann-Marie Daugherty, Giant Eagle's vice president of logistics, who shared the company's insights to help address industry challenges. To me, her words are at the heart of FMI's goals to embrace strong partnerships and identify solutions.

In this introspective spirit, automation, e-commerce, operating costs and capacities top the list of key performance indicators for every supply chain, and the 2018 Supply Chain Benchmark Survey highlighted below gives an analysis of these operational insights. I hope you find the study valuable.

Best,
Pat
 
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Which issues are keeping supply chain leaders up at night?
Which issues are keeping supply chain leaders up at night?
A reliance on truck drivers to get products to and from destinations and higher costs due to truck capacity and driver shortages have become enduring issue for many supply chain leaders. Listen as Giant Eagle's Ann-Marie Daugherty shares her insights on these pressing issues.
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Leveraging data to improve the supply chain
Leveraging data to improve the supply chain
Trading partners struggle to connect the dots between inefficiencies in the supply chain. As food retail navigates the era of digital disruption, advancements in technology have introduced new ways to capture and analyze data. Learn how better data shared between trading partners prevents out-of-stocks, improves on-shelf availability and guides product development.
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Emerging technology: A supply chain disruptor and transformer
Emerging technology: A supply chain disruptor and transformer
Marketplace, technology and consumer trends don't happen in a vacuum. These shifts intersect all areas of food retail from the supply chain to the store shelf. As disruption moves from happening in stages to a continuum, it will take the work of a dedicated community of food retailers and supply chain partners to find solutions to inefficiencies in today's supply chain. See more.
 
2018 Supply Chain Benchmarking Survey highlights
2018 Supply Chain Benchmarking Survey highlights
The 2018 Supply Chain Benchmarking Survey includes the most pressing issues executives face today. Automation, e-commerce, operating costs and capacities top the list of key performance indicators for every supply chain. Here you will find the highlights and findings of this year's survey, initially presented during the FMI Wholesaler meeting at the 2018 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference.
 
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