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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Shortages from Candy Canes to Chocolate Hearts

First the Grinch struck with a candy cane shortage at Christmas, and now the shortages continue for Valentine’s Day.

High commodity prices, tightened sugar supplies, labor shortages, transportation delays, and supply chain snarls have prevented candy makers from meeting customers’ demand.  Despite manufacturers’ efforts (e.g., sourcing from other suppliers, pulling inventory and production forward), the candy shortage continues, leaving retailers struggling to keep favorites in stock.


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The Ford Maverick Pickup Is Built to Last!

If you have not placed an order for a 2022 Maverick pickup yet, it is already too late.

The chip shortage has hit the automotive industry quite hard, as shared in the OM in the News post, Chip Shortage Puts the Brakes on Automakers. Other posts have featured how the industry has adapted. For example, Tesla makes its own chips, and Ford has switched to a build-to-order strategy. As it turns out, Ford […]

GXO Provides Logistics For Leading Retailers

Saks outsourced its logistics to GXO fulfillment center in Middletown, Pennsylvania to ship directly to customers nationwide.

This outsourcing move allowed Saks to meet surging e-commerce demand as the 2021 holiday season approached. The use of GXO’s collaborative robots and shared-space distribution network reduced transit times, freight costs, and supply chain congestion.

Most recently GXO announced it will handle warehouse operations for Zooplus, Europe’s leading online retailer for pet food and accessories.


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