The food and beverage industry faces numerous challenges in 2018 and beyond. As a supply chain manager, you have to look for ways to improve your business and tackle these issues. Here are five industry-related problems that require your attention.
5 Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Industry in 2018
Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act
Compliance with regulatory standards is an issue for the majority of food and beverage manufacturers. Adhering to The Food Safety Modernization Act is a critical part of how you structure your operations. While there is a lack of enforcement around compliance with the act, regulatory bodies are stepping up and enforcing the law with greater vigor.
Know where your company stands concerning the legislation and ensure your compliance officer is competent and aware of any operational requirements issued under the law
Reduce Supply Chain Waste and Optimize Efficiency
In the wake of the 2008 recession, supply chain managers have been more vigilant in their duties surrounding cost-cutting and waste management. Audit your systems from start to finish and ensure that your team is doing all they can to reduce costs surrounding waste management.
Find Your Competitive Advantage
Today’s globalized marketplace means that it’s more challenging than ever before to maintain a competitive edge. Do you know your value proposition? Asses your delivery reliability, distribution capacity, and customer service departments.
Are you doing everything you can to reduce costs and uplift client service delivery? Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your supply chain and create a strategy to optimize your efficiencies.
Increase Income and Growth
Tight margins and rising costs require supply chain managers to keep their ear on the ground when it comes to increasing the bottom line of their supply chain. Experiment with different tactics such as extending payment terms to vendors and improving new customer retention.
Pressure to Go Green
As public and industry sentiment veers toward a greener planet, it’s up to you as the supply chain manager to implement green policies. Check with your local department of transportation to learn about government incentives in your state for green initiatives.
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