Chartering Ships to Manage Supply Chains

Retailers including Walmart, Target, and the Home Depot are taking supply chain matters into their own hands.

With the critical holiday season fast approaching, they are not content to rely on suppliers and typical distribution modes to get merchandise to their stores on time.  Rather, they are carrying extra inventory, buying their own shipping modes, and in some cases moving production closer to home or to places deemed less vulnerable to disruption.


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Restaurants Face Continuing Shortages

Restaurants face price increases on food ingredients and unpredictable availability.

As they attempt to reopen to customers as COVID-19 restrictions ease, some items are unavailable. Food industry suppliers scaled back servicing restaurants during the pandemic, and will take time to ramp up production to catch up with returning demand.


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Upcycled Food Is Trending

 

More than one third of the global food production is lost or wasted.

This is a serious problem with humanitarian, economic, and environmental implications. Inadequate handling, storage, and distribution result in food losses while limited shelf life and spoilage of perishable products contribute to food waste. One solution to the problem is the design of new products from waste and byproducts of food processing. The market success of these new products depends on their appeal to consumers and their price.

 


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Service Design: Free Christmas Tree Delivery

Christmas decorating got easier for some families in 2020, with free live Christmas tree delivery from Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. In addition, Walmart offered exterior holiday light installation services.

Retailers provided these additional services to help customers enjoy their holiday traditions and to relieve some of the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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