Cold Chain Association board member Eric Mauroux is convinced that increased collaboration between parties will reduce inefficiencies and create value across the perishables supply chain. Companies involved in the perishables supply chain should adopt a digital approach to risk management to reduce waste and create value by extending shelf life, Mauroux told delegates at Fruit Logistica.
According to Mauroux, founder and chief executive of FreshBizDev, the industry has been slow to adopt new technologies, and a lack of standardized reporting across the supply chain means that the value proposition in perishables logistics can vary enormously across trade lanes.
By sharing data and adopting common key performance indicators, interested groups across the cool chain will be able to better understand which temperature excursions need action and plan for smarter logistics solutions, which will reduce waste, he said.
Mauroux added: “Value destruction related to reduced shelf-life and waste should also be included when assessing the total logistical cost of a shipment. Having a digital approach to risk, which considers the total cost, is an opportunity to better understand the inefficiencies of the supply chain so that we can develop new solutions and build realistic business cases to invest in smarter logistics for the fresh produce trade.”