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25.04.2020, 13:45

Facilitating Food Supply Management During COVID-19

Catering, Supply Chain Management, Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Although the COVID-19 crisis is affecting many verticals and markets, its impact on the food supply chain space has been disproportionate.

Some commentators are even suggesting the market will never be the same again as a variety of businesses, from farms to restaurants, respond to the pandemic by developing more robust food supply chains.

Companies struggling during these unprecedented times can implement practical measures to improve their supply chain process, however.

Monitor Customer Demand

Consumers have responded to the pandemic by increasing purchases of tinned, canned and packaged food products over fresh produce. Restaurants and cafes have also been forced to move to a delivery-only service. These changes will affect your supply chain, so it’s crucial that you keep monitoring the situation to ensure that your business is always offering customers the solutions they need. Watch any changes in consumer behaviour closely, so that you can make changes to your orders accordingly.  

Store Your Products By Type And Date

Poor stock control can be a major cause of food waste, which is unacceptable in today’s market, where some products are scarce thanks to panic buying and supply issues. To avoid food waste, use storage products, such as large storage boxes and plastic bins, to store your food by both product type and date. If you don’t have enough storage products, then has a wide range of quality products that you can use to make your storage and stock rotation processes streamlined and save your business time and money.

Reduce The Processes Involved In Moving Food Through The Supply Chain

Now is the perfect time to review your supply chain processes and work out which ones are unnecessary or can be combined with others to shorten the amount of time food takes to get from its original state to the customer. Explore every aspect of your food supply and packaging processes, and review how this can be streamlined to help your business to operate more efficiently.

Spread Your Risk By Working With Multiple Suppliers

When you think of risk, you probably think of the investment market, but risks are taken by every business in the corporate landscape. For food supply chains, the risk revolves around the suppliers you work with. As so many food suppliers are struggling to meet demand, it’s important that you make sure that your organisation has a relationship with a wide range of businesses, and is able to quickly divert to a new supplier if required. This flexible approach will ensure that your organisation is able to meet demand even during these challenging times.

By making these changes to your food supply chain, you can make it more efficient and effective. As the market improves, you’ll find that these changes will make the transition back to full capacity smoother, so you can continue to offer your customers the superior food products and service they expect.

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