Automation is A Series

A series on the challenges and opportunities in food logistics.

July 14, 2021

Today’s cold chain economy is under greater pressure than at any other time in our history. The pandemic injected volatility and accelerated the already-present need for change in our operations. The food supply chain industry rose to the occasion, working through restrictions and navigating disruptions to continuously ensure food gets to consumers around the world, safely and efficiently. But factors such as unpredictable labor shortages, shifting delivery models, sustainability mandates and increased transparency around food safety are outpacing traditional practices. Fortunately, as an industry, the solution to many of these issues can be found by making an investment in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) and weaving them into traditional operations.

However, incorporating technology into existing workspaces isn’t a plug-and-play process. There are many considerations that can complicate adoption if they aren’t approached with clear intentions. Some of these include understanding how new technologies partner with existing technologies, mitigating the risks of securing and prioritizing investments, and navigating new relationships between employees and technology.

At Lineage, we’ve developed a clear and effective approach to incorporating automation and tech into our global network. Over the next several weeks, we will outline how automation, IoT and AI can be used to address some of our industry’s biggest challenges and what businesses need to consider when navigating this significant evolution.

To begin, we have identified four challenges we think companies need to consider:

Lineage believes in the benefit of having this conversation. As we continually seek out best practices, provide a safety-first culture for Team Members and strive to provide flawless service to our customers, engaging in an open dialogue and learning from each other’s successes is the best way to meet our main objective: transforming the food supply chain to feed the world.

In our next post, we’ll examine how the cold chain is dealing with worldwide labor shortages. As the food supply chain navigates the complexities of how to move more product than ever with less labor, we’ll share how Lineage has adapted to ensure uninterrupted service to our customers.