For General Mills, Shortages Lead to Price Increases

Ongoing supply chain issues have created material shortages and rising input costs for General Mills.

Disruptions of materials such as fats, oils, starch, and packaging have made it difficult to keep up with demand for General Mills’ ready-to-bake products, pizzas, and hot snacks.

General Mills resorted to changing its recipes to keep products on shelves.  Increased labor, transportation, and raw and packaging materials costs mean that the company will charge customers more for its products.


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Kroger Expands Geographic Reach for Online Orders

Kroger continues it trend of expanding to new markets without adding grocery stores.

The company is building automated, state of the art distribution centers to fill online orders. Over 1,000 robots travel a giant grid to pick the desired groceries. All of this is powered by proprietary software that helps sort items for delivery to put fragile items on top, and to reduce the number of plastic bags used.

After the order is picked, it goes into a temperature […]

Russian-Ukraine War’s Effect on Wheat and Corn Supply

With Ukraine supplying 16% of corn and 12% of wheat for global markets, and Russia providing 17% of global wheat needs, the war between their countries is impacting food supplies and prices.

Ukraine had a bumper crop of corn for the 2021-2022 year, but only a little over half has been shipped out.  Now, with ports closed and conflict raging, commercial vessels can no longer access this critical commodity.

In addition, spring crops need to be planted, and it is unclear to […]

Use of RFID Tags Expand

RFID tags are increasingly being used throughout the supply chain to track material. Individual item-level tracking is now possible with RFID tags, allowing more detailed tracking information.

Walmart has just expanded its use of RFID tags in stores to track inventory. In 2019, Walmart required suppliers of apparel, footwear, sunglasses, and watches to place RFID tags on these items. Now in 2022, Walmart has added wireless devices, consumer electronics, and home goods to the list. The primary reason is tracking inventory, […]

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