Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

October 11, 2019

C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with FourKites to enable supermarkets and retailers to track store deliveries in real time from orders to delivery with a Delivery Alerts tool.

FourKites uses a predictive analytics platform with a proprietary algorithm to optimize shipment arrival. The network of more than 4 million GPS/ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) incorporates data from “truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last-mile and parcel transportation modes.”

C&S reported lowered operating costs, improved on-time delivery performance, and a 65% reduction in internal productivity loss.


Video Spotlight: How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?


This post is based on the Supermarket News article, C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibility, by Russell Redman, September 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?, by FourKites, July 18, 2017. Image source: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Is C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Delivery Alerts tool an operational success? Explain.

Guidance: Yes – it lowers C&S’ operating costs, improves on-time performance, and increase productivity.

2. How does the Delivery Alerts tool better enable C&S to manage its supply chain?

Guidance: C&S has real-time information on its truckload, less-than truckload, ocean, rail, last-mile, and parcel transportation modes to Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef? Walmart Knows

Where’s the Beef? Walmart Knows

Walmart is shortening its Angus beef supply chain by eliminating meat processors like Tyson Food Inc. and Cargill Inc. in 500 of its 4700 stores in the United States.

Walmart has developed its own beef supply chain. It is sourcing no-hormone added Black Angus beef from cattle raised by 44 Farms of Texas. The cattle will be slaughtered in Kansas, packaged in Georgia, and sold in 500 Walmart stores in the southeastern US.

Tyson and Cargill will remain the largest beef suppliers to the company, but this move signals Walmart’s interest in gaining complete control of its supply chain, and providing a direct link from cow to plate.

This post is based on the Reuters article, Walmart creates Angus beef supply chain, cutting out meat processor, by Tom Polansek, April 24, 2019. Image source: © America / Alamy

Discussion Questions:

1. How does this move help Walmart gain control of its Angus beef supply chain?

Guidance: Walmart eliminates the use of meat processors like Tyson and Cargill by sourcing Black Angus beef directly from cattle rancher 44 Farms in Texas. The cattle are slaughtered in Kanas and packaged in Georgia before hitting the shelves of over 500 Continue reading

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