supply chain

Financing

Kroger launches a restaurant supply service in Dallas

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

Operations

From supply chain to supply pain: How getting products became a problem

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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