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EDO HANDBOOK 2017
DIG I TIZI NG
The companies that
harness new technologies
effectively will be winners
in the digital revolution.
BY JOHN KAROLEFSKI
Several innovations have optimized the gro- cery supply chain in recent years. This has led to improved efficiencies and cost savings, which have been welcomed and embraced by retailers facing threats from all sides. Competition from Amazon as well
as from operators like Aldi—and soon Lidl—only adds
to the challenges posed in over-stored marketplaces in
many parts of the country.
To address these threats, industry observers say that a
relentless focus on supply chain efficiency will continue
to help separate the winners from the losers.
“Innovative and effective supply chains are going to
become more critical going forward, especially in the
environment we are operating in, which has slow growth
in the forecast,” says Mark Baum, senior vice president,
industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the
Food Marketing Institute (FMI).