May 17, 2020

Billions of tons of food wasted in global supply chain

Supply Chain Digital
Food Supply Chain
Food Spoilage
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Freddie Pierce
2 min
UN’s Global Food Losses and Waste report claims 1.4 billion tons of food is wasted each year due to supply chain inefficiencies
If youre a lean supply chain practitioner or a Green Party member, look away. The United Nations recent Global Food Losses and Food Waste report came i...

If you’re a lean supply chain practitioner or a Green Party member, look away.

The United Nations recent Global Food Losses and Food Waste report came in today, revealing the shocking amount wasted in the global supply chain each year. According to the study, 1.4 billion tons of perishable food is wasted due to inefficiencies found within the food supply chain.

Food spoilage totals were taken from all food wasted from the fields to the consumer. Those logistics inadequacies could be directly tied to poor demand forecasting and market anticipating, according to the report.

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A more global supply chain means that logistic problems are prevalent now more than ever. The study also lists outsourcing as a problem that can lead to more lead time and higher costs, increasing food waste risk.

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A report on AmericanRecycler.com thinks that more needs to be done when it comes to fighting food spoilage in the supply chain, and some of the issue comes down to effective supply chain management. Risk assessments and environmental conservation efforts could also be more vigorously put in place.

The global economy is coming back, albeit slowly, and the economic upturns can put a strain on the worldwide supply chain.

Those in charge of supply chain management in the food industry would be wise to follow up on the latest logistics, transportation and warehousing innovations to ensure that food spoilage is kept to a minimum.

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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supplychain
freight
elonmusk
2 min
Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 

 

Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely
 

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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