New eBook on dock scheduling systems for food wholesalers, by C3 Solutions
A new eBook focusing on the operational complexity that grocers and food wholesalers face and how these challenges can be addressed by implementing a best-in-class dock scheduling system has been released.
C3 Solutions, a provider of software solutions dedicated to the area of yard management and dock scheduling has released its latest eBook entitled Dock Scheduling and the Grocery Industry – Opportunities for your Supply Chain.
Many companies are still managing their appointment process by phone or email, entering data in shared spreadsheets, paper logs or whiteboards. Recognising that logistics in the grocery and food wholesale industry is quite complex and how critical it is to relay the food products on time and to respect the freshness dates, it is difficult to imagine why companies would choose to use antiquated, cumbersome and inefficient means of scheduling loads to their docks.
The ebook is available for free download here:
About C3 Solutions
C3 Solutions is a provider of software solutions dedicated to the area of yard management and dock scheduling. C3’s customers are fortune 1000 companies in the retail, manufacturing, transportation and post and parcel industries. C3’s products include its award winning yard management software, C3 Yard Smart and its on-demand dock scheduling system - C3 Reservations. Founded in 2000 and based in Montreal QC, C3 Solutions has customers in the United States, Canada and Europe.
UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation
Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government.
More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk.
“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”
Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors.
"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."
UK Supply Chains Under Strain
The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus.
It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals.
Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”