Heroic Grocery Supply Chain

Extreme (panic) demand meets with the US grocery supply chain…. and the supply chain is keeping up. Store shelves may have been bare yesterday – but through great effort, the people on the front line, the pickers, the loaders, and the truck drivers are re-suppling – ready for another onslaught.  For those supply-chain managers not on the front line who have been told to work from home, what can we do to make their lives better?  Here is my list:
  • Order smarter – fill up the truck, buy in layers, give some lead time
  • Help manage truck shortage by supporting timely customer pick up
  • Invest in systematic improvements to case picking and order creation – AutoO2 (Automatic Order Optimization [and execution]).  Manufacturers see how it can cut costs here.  Wholesalers and retailers should go here