ReFED: Committed to Reducing U.S. Food Waste

ReFED: Committed to Reducing U.S. Food Waste

Each year, the United States wastes 63 million tons of food – that’s $218 billion of waste. Forty percent of the food that is produced goes uneaten. An average family throws away 25 percent of groceries they purchase. These are alarming statistics and, worse yet, one in seven Americans suffer from food insecurity, meaning that they don’t have consistent or reliable access to sufficiently affordable and nutritious food. This is a problem we need to solve. Eradicating food waste is widely misunderstood as an out of reach ideal,...Continue Reading...
PMA 2018 – Wow!

PMA 2018 – Wow!

PMA’s Fresh Summit did not disappoint! This year’s Produce Marketing Association’s annual conference had over 21,000 attendees and over 1.1 million square feet of trade show floor space housing 1,200 exhibitors spanning 55 rows from one end of the hall to the other. In addition to a plethora of produce – from apples to zucchini – there were a number of technology vendors exhibiting, some new and some who’ve been exhibiting for years. What’s Changed? Last week’s blog discussed my expectations for this year’s Fresh Summit: I was...Continue Reading...
PMA’s Fresh Summit: Eat Up!

PMA’s Fresh Summit: Eat Up!

This week is the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Conference and Expo – the largest fresh fruit, vegetable and floral show in the Americas. The event brings over 18,000 people from across the supply chain and around the world together to discuss ideas, network and experience the latest industry innovations. Having attended more trade shows than I care to remember, I have to say that this is one of the most interesting events there is, if for no other reason than you can walk over 50 aisles sampling fresh fruits and...Continue Reading...
Grocers are Turning to Artificial Intelligence

Grocers are Turning to Artificial Intelligence

If you care about food, these statistics from a recent Progressive Grocer article Grocers Embrace AI to Optimize Supply Chain might alarm you: 43 percent of grocers are challenged by lack of real-time inventory visibility 48 percent of grocers rate their forecasting technology from very poor to average 43 percent of retail supply chain professionals say their technology can’t keep up with business demands These are flashing red lights – with the above data illustrating significant problems within the fresh food supply chain...Continue Reading...
First Principles Thinking and the Fresh Food Supply Chain

First Principles Thinking and the Fresh Food Supply Chain

What do Southwest Airlines, SpaceX and the newest approach to pitching in baseball, “bullpenning,” have in common? Each took a new approach to solving an existing problem: Southwest eliminated the hub-and-spoke model favored by other airlines, reduced turn times at airports and standardized on a single type of airplane (the Boeing 737) to reduce and simplify maintenance. The result was lower fares and cornering the market on inexpensive air travel. This sparked change in the industry. SpaceX started with the basics of what went into...Continue Reading...