Thanks to the course work,I had the opportunity to study and analyze the fruits & vegetable supply chain of one largest Retail Chains in India.
India is the largest producer of fruits & vegetables in the world,but 30% of the produce is wasted due to lost due to supply chain inefficiencies.Is that a problem?
Considering the fact that approx 40% of the Population is below the poverty line,earning less than $1/day – with no food, efforts must be taken to reduce and improve the yield/productivity.
What are the factors contributing to these losses
1. Fragmented/Low technology farming
2. Presence of Middle men
3. Supply Chain Inefficiencies/Lack of Cold Storage Facilities.
The losses can happen at any stage of the supply chain i.e during transportation,at the warehouse/retail store or at the cold storage.
The seasonality of the products further contribute to the inconsistencies in the demand forecasting.
With the phenomenal growth of the retail, things are getting better. Players are collaborating with farmers to ensure good quality of produce and encouraging contract farming.
Cold Storage Solution Providers are mushrooming in different parts of the country to deliver the right product @the right place@the right time.
All these will contribute to increasing the productivity of the industry as a whole in the long run,and presents a great opportunities for supply chain Supply Chain Associations(APICS,CSCMP) & Professionals to find out cost effective solutions to the problems and address the concerns.