When all the components of the supply chain are considered, the combination of a well placed port, the more efficient use of ocean vessels, the use of an express train feeding inland logistics hubs and shorter truck routes to customers realize sizable cost savings and reductions in time-to-market. As with any strategy, it must start and end with the customer in mind. The proper use of supply chain components adds significant value to customers as it means fresher products in stores for longer times thus maximizing optimal quality sell time creating more revenue, increased profit, and less waste. d
Nick Pacitti is a partner with Sterling Solution and is a co-founding member of Georgia Tech’s Integrated Food Chain Center.