The future of the food supply chain is unclear as it is in a state of constant change. This is not unusual for supply chain operations as there are many factors driving change. Due to the already global nature of the food supply chain the implications and impact of this change is far reaching. Some of the top factors impacting the food supply chain include: governmental regulation changes, growing customer demand, increasing globalization and rising infrastructure investment. This is leading to a variety of creative solutions that are allowing for the fast and efficient evolution of the industry as a whole. One of the most popular advancements for the industry is the use of IoT and telematics to bring fresher, local produce to consumers. This focus on technology utilization has helped these businesses to adapt existing distribution networks to accommodate more localized delivery. This technology will also help to track produce from the source through to the consumer as customers demand to know more about where and how their food was produced. These solutions include WMS, RFID, ERP, manufacturing execution systems ADC devices, temperature recorders and much more. The food supply chain will also begin to utilize rail transport more frequently than ever before. This is thanks to significant infrastructure upgrades such as those completed on the Florida East Coast Railway. Localized delivery will also change and shift towards 3rd party courier services such as UberFresh and UberEATS. These private couriers will focus on D2C delivery in large, densely populated areas like NYC and Boston. Other services such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh will offer similar D2C delivery and other creative click-to-collect options. With globalization increasing the import and export of food will continue to rise. In order to maintain food inventory integrity many ocean carriers are implementing advanced refrigeration technologies that are more reliable and that release less environment-damaging emissions. All of these improvements will address the factors forcing the evolution of the food supply chain. To learn more about these solutions and more like them contact Datex experts today at marketing@datexcorp.com or 800.933.2839 ext 243.

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