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Texas politics put another crimp in the supply chain

Gov. Greg Abbott is making inbound trucks from Mexico stop for second inspections, prompting some drivers to give up.

Financing

Menu price inflation hit a new 40-year high in March

Full-service menu prices rose 8% year over year and limited-service prices rose 7.2% while grocery prices increased 10%.

The company working to digitize the supply chain completed its second $100 million fundraise in 10 months.

The grocery chain has started a service that allows restaurants to make orders of $250 or more that can be delivered the next day.

Shortages, delays and soaring costs have become commonplace since the outset of the pandemic. But experts say there were signs of an impending crisis long before anyone heard of COVID.

The pandemic has intensified a long-brewing shortage of truck drivers, often leaving restaurants scrambling to get what they need. But some argue there is no shortage at all, just a lack of pay.

Proponents say the autonomous vehicles could ease the driver shortage while also making deliveries more efficiently.

Flexibility is the new mantra, as restaurants are forced to make last-minute switches when products don’t show up at the back door or prices go through the roof.

The burrito chain, which faced widespread foodborne illness outbreaks in 2015, said the radio-frequency identification system will help it better respond to food safety and quality worries.

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