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Tesco Unveils New Service to Minimize Food Supply Chain Waste

Tesco has launched an online food waste hotline to help make it easier for suppliers and growers to pinpoint ongoing food waste hotspots and work with the retailer in tackling them.

The service will link suppliers to Tesco's product teams and will be accessible via the online Tesco Supplier Network.

The British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer pointed to last summer's strawberry glut, which it responded to by stocking larger punnet sizes at competitive prices, as an example of how waste can be avoided in the chain through prompt action.

"We are committed to reducing food waste wherever it occurs, from farm to fork, and the hotline is another little help we are making to achieve this with our suppliers,” says commercial director for fresh food and commodities Matt Simister. "It helps our suppliers gain direct, easy access to our product teams, and this will enable us to identify food waste hotspots and systemic issues and work in partnership to tackle them."

Tesco has made a commitment that no surplus food will be wasted in its UK operations by the end of this year.

YCH Group Teams with Kunming for Cold Chain Deal

YCH Group will partner with Kunming Airport Cold Chain Logistics Industry to establish a cold chain facility across 175 acres of land to provide the Southwest China region with cold chain logistics support.

The key focus of this collaboration is to create a platform for international procurement and for cold chain logistics.

The initiative is timely, as the value of social logistics goods in 2016 expanded by 6.1 percent year-over-year to $33.2 trillion, and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in Singapore has encouraged sophisticated development of the logistics sector over the next five years to boost China’s economic growth and deepen supply-side reform. 

Strategically located in close proximity to both the Kunming Airport and a multipurpose transport hub, the facility will position Kunming as an agricultural production hub through the leveraging of cold chain technologies to reduce the loss of produce while increasing food safety and security.

Featuring an ambient temperature distribution component to complement the cold-chain facility, it will handle imported chilled and frozen products from the South Pacific and ASEAN regions into Kunming for distribution via Southwest China into its south and western regions. It also can be used as an export facility to distribute Yunnan produce such as fruits and flowers to European markets. 

“We have been increasing our focus on cold chain due to growing market demand in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Dave Lim, CEO of YCH Greater China. “This collaboration will enable us to enhance the logistics capabilities of Southwest China with state-of-the-art facilities, enabling distribution of cold chain supply to Yunnan and other parts of China.”  

ChenJunhui, chairman of Kunming Airport Cold Chain Logistics, expressed confidence that this collaboration will help better serve the growing demand for cold chain logistics in the region, providing increased scalability and flexibility for the growing consumer market in China.

Scott Gottlieb is Trump’s Choice for FDA Commissioner

Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is President Donald J. Trump’s pick to be the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He was FDA’s deputy commissioners for medical and scientific affairs from 2005 to 2007.

Gottlieb is one of the nation’s foremost voices for “changing the FDA’s culture.” His views on issues are easy enough to find as he’s been putting them out there for the AEI and in national periodicals for the past decade.

Cold Chain Market Expected to Mature thanks to Growing Consumer-led Economy  

The global cold chain market is anticipated to reach $381.68 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.

The development of cold chain is largely responsible for reducing the waste of perishable commodities, and is vital for the growth of the food sector. Over the next few year, the report says more governments across the globe are expected to provide key services, such as public infrastructure and legislation, to help in facilitate refrigerated storage development.

As emerging countries such as India, Brazil, China and Mexico undergo a rapid transition to a consumer-led economy, the demand for better cold chain logistics will increase. The retailers in these regions have ample opportunities to expand and grow, owing to the prevailing large number of middle-class income consumers. Advancements in the technology also have enabled service providers to penetrate the emerging markets with innovative solutions to help solve issues relating to complex transportation.

The report notes that another factor affecting cold chain growth is increased investment in warehouse automation the past years to meet the customer requirements. High capital investment, running costs and scalability of different picking methods are the key factors that restrain the market players to automate the warehouses. Furthermore, the growing application of telematics in logistics and transportation is likely to spur the refrigerated transportation market demand.

Additionally, the report says increasing penetration of connected devices and growing usage of RFID, barcode scanners in the refrigerated warehouse is anticipated to drive the monitoring components segment demand over the projected period. Service providers are focusing on adopting new technologies such as cloud technology to enhance overall logistics performance.

Yale Expands Driven by Balyo Robotic Lift Truck Lineup 

For supply chain operations striving to meet faster delivery expectations while dealing with labor availability and retention challenges, Yale offers a new addition to its automation lineup. The Yale MO70T tow tractor now joins the company’s MPE080-VG end rider model, using Driven by Balyo technology to autonomously navigate through warehouse environments and execute mission-critical load transportation tasks.
Ideal for sequencing applications in assembly operations and stock replenishment, the MO70T is the second robotic solution available since Yale partnered its materials handling expertise with Balyo’s industry leading navigation technology. Both the tow tractor and end rider solutions use infrastructure-free navigation technology that maps existing structural features to self-locate and navigate without requiring tape, wires or magnets for guidance. This enables reduced startup time and costs, and easy adjustment to changing layout configurations.
“The addition of the flexible Driven by Balyo technology to the tow tractor model provides a scalable robotic solution for multiple load transportation applications,” says Lou Micheletto, Manager of Integrated Solutions for Yale. “Whether a single truck or large fleet, the expanded autonomous lift truck lineup allows operations to reap the benefits of greater load visibility, reduced operating costs and increased reliability.”