Food Companies Leveraging Technology to Drive Down Logistics Costs

Food companies have carved considerable waste out of their supply chain costs, but plenty of continuous improvement opportunities remain.

Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor

The ad tagline, “You’ve come a long way, baby,” was created for a women’s cigarette, but it’s just as applicable to the logistics of food and beverage transportation. Supply chain logistics was a back-burner concern for food manufacturers in the 20th century. Production was where companies concentrated time and capital, and today’s finely tuned lines are testaments to the success of those efforts. As management cast its gaze for the next target, logistics waste stood out as a fat target for cost savings. As recently as 2003, one-quarter of food transport trucks on the road were empty, estimated KPMG. General Mills Co. believed it could save $1 billion over…

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