Dining habits, desire for convenience, and demographics have changed. The patterns upon which the supply chain was built are changing and so must today’s food supply chain. Consumers dining and dietary habits have changed and they have become more health conscious, there has been an increase in specialized dietary concerns, and they prefer locally sourced foods. There has been an increase in home delivery from restaurants, grocery, and specialized food stores as well as an increase in meal kit home delivery. The food supply chain is gearing up to make some big changes such as an increased use of predictive demand analytics for better forecasting and an increased use of unconventional transportation channels. The role of 3PL cold storage warehouses in the food supply chain is changing. They are now providing access to economies of sale for cost savings, enabling greater flexibility in transportation and logistics for dynamic route planning, and minimizing hand-offs, and providing access to sophisticated temperature tracking technology and data visibility. The popularity of food products with decreased shelf life and the need for immediate delivery to consumers is driving major changes in the food supply chain. Consumers’ tastes and dining habits have changed dramatically. Increasingly, shippers are outsourcing their business in order to conserve their capital for growth and often gain access to cutting edge technology. Shippers are also using 3PL cold storage warehouses for value added services to eliminate additional third party vendors and streamline for efficiency.
For more information about the changing food supply chain please read our blog: The Changing Food Supply Chain and the 3PL Cold Storage Warehouse