“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
-Harry S Truman
Made in America
If your customers value locally sourced foods and products, you’re in luck. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema and Brian Fitzpatrick are sponsoring The Made in America Act of 2017, which seeks to standardize a “Made in the USA” labeling program to help consumers identify American-made products. Helping American consumers buy products made in America is a “win-win,” states Sinema. Furthermore, Fitzpatrick explains that people buy American-made products, not only because of their high quality but because they’re supporting American businesses and creating American jobs. Products sourced right here in the US of A also help protect supply chains from port strikes, shipping bankruptcies, and natural disasters. It’s a win for consumers and supply chain managers alike. The proposed bill would create an “American Star Program” similar to the successful Energy Star and USDA labeling programs. Regardless of whether it passes, our customers already love the fact we’re “American Stars.”
The Newest Supply Chain Management Teacher: The Trash
It’s smelly, sticky and gross, but the trash is teaching restaurants a big lesson. Even though most people want to follow the out-of-sight-out-of-mind cliche, it’s time to take a closer look at what we’re throwing away. Many restaurants experience the frustrating problem of serving fewer meals and creating more waste. But by simply monitoring waste, restaurant operators and supply chain managers can use data to see why waste levels change. Maybe inventory isn’t meeting output. Meal sizes might be too large, resulting in plate scrapings, or sometimes ordering needs to be adjusted. All can become clear with a few dumpster sensors. With the right waste technology services, restaurants can find trash patterns in a store’s inefficiencies that can lead to better training for employees, more accurate forecasting and a boosted bottom line. Trash technology can also tell whether waste is being collected on time and if changes need to be made to keep restaurants’ up to health standards. So don’t just throw it away and forget it; learn from this new teacher.
Ding Dong! Food Delivery Checklist at Your Service
You have a loyal customer base that loves your food. In fact, they love it so much that they want it now while they’re in their pajamas or too busy to leave the office for lunch. Yes, you could use a food delivery service like Door Dash, Uber Eats or Postmates, but why give them a slice of your hard-earned money? If you’re looking for a delivery solution, use Thrive POS’ checklist of must-have features. These are broken down by sections, including taking orders, managing deliveries, managing drivers, and reporting. Use the list to see what’s most important to your business, and what you and your team need to think about before implementing food delivery. In no time you’ll be ringing customers’ doorbells with a special package.
Food Safety vs. Worker Privacy
A Chinese data intelligence platform, called KanKan, is trading worker privacy for food safety and efficiency. The platform uses deep learning to develop facial- and object-recognition to ensure employees comply with food safety laws. While everyone can agree that they want their food to be handled properly and for restaurants to be hygienic and safe, is society willing to trade that for worker privacy? The platform recognizes employees’ faces, records their actions and behaviors, and reports it to the brass (or in China’s case, to one of the largest state-owned enterprises). While this tech is still in its infancy across the pond, it brings up a few questions and implications if it were ever implemented state-side. Do employees have the right to know the exact nature of what cameras and AI are recording and analyzing? Do employees have a right to personal privacy on the job or do employers have a right to know what their workers are doing? How might employee data be used in the event of a breach? Technology like KanKan can spread at lightning speed, so it’s best to get ahead of the boom and devote a bit of brain power to these questions now.
Sustainability: A Lofty Goal We Should Work Toward
We all know that paper production consumes billions of trees and tons of energy and water. It is the third most energy-intensive industrial process, according to TriplePundit. And yet, paper enables one of our most human characteristics — written language. Many businesses and offices have worked hard toward limiting their paper use, but the idea of the paperless office isn’t realistic for many companies. However, there are ways businesses can reduce their paper impact. For example, TriplePundit explores the innovation and sustainable process paper company Roland has gone through for more than a century. From renewable biogas to life cycle assessments, Roland has changed its production processes to reduce its environmental impact. As a plastics company, it’s easy to think of any paper as the competition, but Roland reminds all of us, regardless of industry, that there’s more we can be doing to make progress toward a more sustainable and healthier planet.