San Miguel faces new supply chain challenges

The advance of the pandemic has exacerbated the saturation problems that logistics industry has been facing for years. At San Miguel, efforts to transport its products more efficiently and swiftly are stepped up, to be able to meet its commitments with its customers.

Since the health emergency was declared, all kinds of industries have been suffering significant setbacks and facing new challenges. For those companies that work with perishable products and operate with strict deadlines, the situation is even more complex.

The spread of the virus has caused congestion at ports and a lack of specialized personnel throughout the supply chain. These sanitary difficulties have further complicated a logistics industry that has been saturated for years, where there is a lot of demand, few suppliers, low availability of ships and where delays at ports and in transit are common.

Facing this difficult and unprecedented scenario, San Miguel is stepping up its efforts. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have implemented a number of measures intended to make our supply chain more efficient, to swiftly transport our products across fields, packing sites, plants and ports,” says Carlos Pacheco, Global Supply Chain Manager at San Miguel.

As a first measure, it has ensured in advance the provision of essential supplies (cartons, drums, pallets, etc.). It also has explored new alternatives, such as sending products through Chile to shorten transit-time, loading Uruguay containers through Argentina or making the most of the hold in its operations in South Africa.

In addition to tracking its general logistics chain, San Miguel has partnered with strategic suppliers, who best understand its needs and helps it to solve problems. The development of new technologies and work tools, meanwhile, has helped the company to improve business planning, create new supply sources, get more agility to expedite customs procedures and shipping permits, have more visibility of loads and manage export documents more efficiently.

For more information:
San Miguel
Cazadores de Coquimbo 2860
Vicente López - Bs. As. - Argentina
Tel.: +5411 4721 - 8300

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