Why wastage could be costing your company

10th February 2017

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There are many vital areas of a company, but one of the most significant for managing growth and revenue is stock control. No matter your business, your inventory is not only the key to prosperity, but also a method of streamlining your business operations.

This relates to active management of your company's stock, ensuring you aren't spending prodigiously in unnecessary areas, while maintaining an inventory that meets the wants and needs of your customers. Ultimately, it's about control - of your business and the direction it's.

Waste not, want not

For the food and beverage industry, wastage is always a concern. Damaged or aged stock are of no use to either the business or customers, resulting in a loss on both sides.

In 2011, Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand discarded 52 per cent of all fruits and vegetables.

Research by Statista into the amount of food collectively wasted in Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand in 2011 found 52 per cent of all fruits and vegetables were thrown away unused.

Across the four countries, 50 per cent of seafood, 22 per cent of meat and 20 per cent of milk were also discarded. Consider what structured stock software and greater control of inventory would mean to growth within your business, reducing the amount of wasted food while also putting it to better use.

Fixing the links in the supply chain

One Swedish researcher, Kristina Liljestrand, has studied the impact of wasted food, and how improvements to logistics can help reduce the severity of the issue. In her dissertation, reports WellBeing, Liljestrand proposes nine improvements developed during her research into producers, wholesalers and retailers.

She stresses collaboration between all members of the food supply chain (FSC), and focuses on two key aspects of the FSC that can affect the environmental impact of an established logistics system.

These are:

  • FSC variables including shelf life, temperature monitoring and specific food characteristics, which help create conditions for an agile logistics system.
  • Performance variables such as requirements around lead times and flexibility, of which both can conflict with the FSC party's ability to reduce environmental impact.
How much food is going to waste due to improper stock management?How much food is going to waste due to improper stock management?

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