Increase the use of direct, point-to-point perishable food shipments from farmers to retailers to reduce the number of stops a product makes in transit and develop a cold chain certification standard for food carriers
Tesco increased the shelf life of several fruits and vegetables by two days by cutting their time in transit through direct shipments from suppliers to stores.
The Global Food Safety Initiative is a new certification system example that includes cold chain management practices.
One large distributor requires as part of its contracts that their employees maintain responsibility for unloading and putting away products at end points to ensure that deliveries end up in the correct location, whether refrigerated cases, freezers, or dry rooms
Improvements in the ability of retail inventory management systems to track an average product’s remaining shelf-life (time left to sell an item) and inform efforts to reduce days on hand (how long an item has gone unsold)
Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques
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