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Tackling the cost of food waste

Tackling Waste ThumbnailSanta Clara, CA, US:  Intelleflex has a white paper discussing how retailers can reduce costly waste by managing their cold supply chains from the moment the product is harvested or manufactured to the time the product arrives at the grocery store.

New RFID and cloud-based solutions provide the ability to proactively manage the supply chain by knowing the relative quality and freshness of each pallet of product every step of the way, improve delivered freshness to your customers, address traceability requirements, and increase profitability, says Intelleflex.

“Ensuring quality and freshness is critical for profitability and maintaining satisfied shoppers. Still, retail grocers regularly report staggering shrink or waste problems occurring at the store as product that looked fresh when it arrived is spoiling on the shelves.

“Many retailers believe the problem is due to improper handling once the product reaches the store so investments are made in store-level inventory management. Yet the waste persists. The net result: some retailers experience tens of millions of dollars per year in wasted product – and that’s just for one item, such as berries.

“Multiply the cost of waste across your produce, meat, seafood and dairy departments and the losses can become astronomical,” the company says.