Fraud is rampant in fish supply chains, New York AG finds

One in four unpackaged seafood items is mislabeled in New York state with a strong suggestion of intentional mislabeling, according to a new report for the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Lemon sole, red snapper, grouper and salmon labeled “wild” according to the report are likely to be incorrectly labeled and in some cases, an entirely different — and cheaper — fish.

“In cases of mislabeling, the tendency of the substitute fish to be a cheaper species suggests that intentional misconduct in the supply chain may play a role,” reads the report.

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From ports to roads: How supply chains can prepare for climate change — now

Wildfires that burn hotter for longer and larger hurricanes that linger over land — these are results of climate change supply chains are already contending with. A report released last week by the Trump administration stated that the U.S. economy will shrink by 10% due to climate change by 2100, putting what feels like a slow-moving problem in sharper relief and bringing to light the more tangible and predictable challenges to come.

The fourth National Climate Assessment, compiled by climate scientists and 13 federal agencies is expansive, but for most supply chains, the top line takeaway is that climate change will add more volatility to operations. This may not seem like news since we can already see volatility in the form of more storms, floods and fires. But volatility isn’t the end of the story.

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If your supply chain works, thank a veteran

Veterans are a crucial part of the supply chain. At minimum, they exit the service with valuable skills and experience for the industry. But the link between the military and the supply chain is deeper than shared personnel.

In many ways, the supply chain we have was built to serve the men and women we celebrate on Veterans Day. Later, civilians borrowed the military’s management strategy to create an industry, which continues to benefit from the purposeful, research-oriented way much of the military supply chain was developed.

Here are few examples of lessons the private sector is still learning from U.S. military supply chains.

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Hershey’s new supply chain recipe

Hershey is at an inflection point. Or is it a new normal?

Impulse buys, a third of Hershey’s business according to U.S. President Todd Tillemans, are down. The company has made multiple acquisitions in the snack category to diversify its offering. And a major foray into digital sales is underway. All of these add up to a fairly big shift for the company and CEO Michelle Buck is looking to come out a winner on the other side.

The watchword is “growth,” Buck indicated at an August meeting. Analysts had questioned whether Hershey’s “investment mindset” of the past few years is coming to an end in the service of easier comparative sales gains.

The answer from Buck and CFO Patricia Little was a resounding “no.”

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World’s largest grain traders partner to digitize transactions

The world’s four largest grain traders are banding together to replace paper-based processes —namely contracts, invoices, and payments — with digital ones to increase reliability, efficiency and transparency, according to a press release.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) have teamed up to develop standardized tools to digitize agrishipping with the initial goal of automating post-trade execution processes.

“The companies also seek broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption,” reads a statement jointly issued by all four players.

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Want a more sustainable supply chain? L’Oreal says avoid air freight

To make the biggest dent in carbon emissions, L’Oreal found that reducing reliance on air freight provides an outsized impact, said François-Régis Le Tourneau, L’Oreal’s corporate supply chain standards and prospective director, at the APICS 2018 conference in Chicago.

After analyzing its most used transportation modes, L’Oreal pledged to reduce emissions from its supply chain transportation 25% by 2030. Le Tourneau said the company has already converted to exclusively using trucks running on alternative fuels in Paris.

The company will achieve its goal by adding sustainable transport to supplier selection criteria, reducing the use of air freight, transferring as much volume as possible to rail and sea freight and using alternative vehicles in cities.

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Walmart asks lettuce suppliers to trace products using blockchain

Walmart is turning to blockchain to trace leafy greens, an increasingly common move for any industry that needs to increase visibility from coffee to shipping containers.

“Suppliers will be required to capture digital, end-to-end traceability event information using the IBM Food Trust network,” according to the company. The letter to suppliers describes the software as both user-friendly and low-cost.

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