Current Issues

Regular Industry Development Updates, Opinions and Talking Points relating to Manufacturing, the Supply Chain and Logistics.

Food Supply Chains Must Be Ready to Change

24-Oct-2017
Food Supply Chains Must Be Ready to Change
The global market for food products, from ingredients to prepared items, is a great source of potential sales for ambitious companies. That said, efforts to make sales in overseas territories could quickly go awry due to changing regulations and fluctuations in demand. It's clear that to compete today, businesses that manufacture or distribute food and beverages should be agile and adaptable, ready to quickly react to the many outside factors that can affect them.

These businesses are recognizing that in order to keep pace, they need to accelerate the beginning of the supply chain - providing suppliers access to data which enables them to print labels. This practice improves accuracy and consistency and helps to ensure GS1 compliance, as well providing improved visibility into arrival dates. It also can help with a companies bottom line by eliminating the exorbitant labor, label and warehousing costs which are incurred from relabeling.

International Rules Can Change
A recent example of rules affecting potentially huge quantities of food comes from China. Reuters reported that a new law demanding health certificates for every food item entering China has been pushed back two years, mere days before it was slated to go into practice. The regulation was first announced in April of 2016, meaning it initially had an implementation period of just over a year.

Laws affecting international food sales in China are highly relevant around the world. The international commerce outlook for the country has become impressively large, according to PYMNTS. The site pointed out that two trends are simultaneously taking hold in China, with more consumers willing to buy goods across borders and individuals interested in purchasing food online. Considering the country's scale, producers of all kinds are likely monitoring its demand fluctuations and trade rules attentively.

Always In Compliance
Selling food products across borders is a challenge, but comprehensive food and beverage labeling solution can help companies overcome. Labels generated from consistent, central databases can accurately and easily be tuned up to fit the requirements of certain markets or territories. When these demands are prone to change, it's especially important to have the unparalleled control that such a system gives.

Advanced labeling systems incorporate business logic allowing users to quickly implement needed updates that will make the labels conform with up-to-date local needs. There is a world of potential markets out there for food and beverage companies that are flexible enough to reach it.

60% of UK companies face a skills gap within their IT departments and cannot fill positions quickly enough
1 day ago
Global supply chain risk falls for third straight quarter, despite political uncertainty
2 days ago
Top tips for surviving Black Friday
2 days ago
Overcoming the challenges of mobile app development
2 days ago
Suppliers of Auto Parts Must Obey Multiple Regulations
3 days ago
Cargo, commodity, cost and competition – how supply chain has become the edge
4 days ago
Digital Twinning: The Future of Manufacturing?
1 week ago
What impacts are bargain days having on peak planning?
1 week ago
Chemical Manufacturing: A High-Speed, Volatile Supply Chain
1 week ago
Live Webinar: How Hypertherm Saves Millions with Enterprise Labeling
1 week ago
Two-thirds of businesses fear staff are using mobile phones while driving
1 week ago
The Blackest Ever Black Friday – what retailers learned from 2014
1 week ago
Space: the final frontier for same-day delivery
2 weeks ago
The intelligent way to grow margin
2 weeks ago
“I want that one, and I want it now”
2 weeks ago
Efficient, Automated Processes Define Modern Warehousing
2 weeks ago
Building a digital transformation maturity model - a GPS for the supply chain transformation journey
2 weeks ago
Eurozone growth at six-year high – yet concerns linger…
2 weeks ago
Enquiries at ‘all-time high’ at IT firm as businesses prepare for GDPR
3 weeks ago
Amazon Dash Button – the continued success
3 weeks ago
Airports need to get smarter, not just bigger – Intelligent airports in today’s civil aviation market
3 weeks ago
Will Amazon accept Bitcoin this month, and will crypto currency become mainstream?
3 weeks ago
Early adoption lessons - Artificial Intelligence in theConsumer Products Supply Chain
4 weeks ago
The Secret to Making Customers Care About Supply Chain
4 weeks ago
What is Blockchain?
4 weeks ago
Machine Learning at SAP: How Companies Benefit
4 weeks ago
How will automation impact warehouse operations and management?
1 month ago
Cross-Border Electronics Sales: Opportunity and Challenge
1 month ago
Adapt or die – why the manufacturing sector must adopt technology to ensure future success
1 month ago
Three steps to exposing compliance risks: free fact sheet from AEB
1 month ago
IT firm advises businesses to get GDPR-ready
1 month ago
Digital Evolution: the culture matters
1 month ago
Store-friendly-sequencing through warehouse-friendly automation
1 month ago
Handle With Care: Supply chain visibility and food quality
1 month ago
Get Brexit Ready Now
1 month ago
Getting Fit for Growth–a Three Step Strategy for Digital Transformation
1 month ago
Reputation is key for a successful portrayal of brand from the contact centre
1 month ago
Eurozone manufacturing sector reaches another record for employment
1 month ago
Awash in Volatility, Chemical Manufacturing Must Be Agile
1 month ago
UK manufacturing still on the up – but beware cost pressures
1 month ago
Quick Refresher on GS1 US and Supply Chain Standards
1 month ago
The foundations of successful digital change: a supply chain perspective
1 month ago
From ERP to Digitalisation
1 month ago
Knowing the enemy: the problem of buffer stock…
1 month ago
Coming to a factory near you... Google Glass is back
1 month ago
When Retailers Face Recalls, Visibility Matters
1 month ago
Driving tired? What fleet managers and drivers need to know
1 month ago
Electronics Supply Chain: Combining Distance with Speed
1 month ago
Vans and Taxis – Time to regulate?
1 month ago