“Digitization in logistics is necessary to combat food waste”

The world food market is under pressure, “says Shypple CEO Jarell Habets in this blog.” Wageningen University & Research (WUR) estimates that 40 percent of all food produced is lost. Food waste is happening everywhere. Innovation is done mainly to prevent waste during harvest. Or not to have to throw out products. For example, with companies like TooGoodToGo, which connect consumers with foods that have almost exceeded their expiration date. “

“Despite innovation at the beginning and end of the supply chain, we have seen some innovation in the middle. There is still a lot to gain in storage and transport. In Southeast Asia and Africa, we are losing a relatively large amount of food in processing and storage. Distribution problems occur mainly in Latin America. “

Global shipping is an important part of the future of the food industry. When shipping fresh products, many variables play a role: temperature, travel time, availability of containers and the speed at which orders are processed. Jarell Habets is therefore in favor of accelerating digital innovation, and these are the most important trends in his view.

End-to-end insights indispensable
The relentless pressure on the global logistics network is increasing. Real-time insight into shipping plays an important role, especially for fresh products. When shipping perishable goods, companies must be able to track their shipments in real time. This not only improves speed but also reduces the risk of errors. Shypple helps companies estimate costs, congestion and delivery times in advance. This is important because a delay makes the difference between spoiled fruit or company profits.

Detailed insight at container level reduces food waste
“It is now possible to see exactly when a container arrives at a terminal, which helps organizations plan the rest of the transport accordingly. It also speeds up various inspections that shippers have to schedule. This development results in faster passage. To the auction , market or retailer. In short, fresher products. “

Platforms take over the role of terminal watcher
“Until now, it was often unclear whether shipping companies had unloaded a container from a ship. Shippers monitored terminals and contacted freight forwarders by telephone to know when their shipment was ready. The manual process resulted in a fragmented Excel system. Sheets, e- mails and telephone Platforms have taken over this role and offer greater control and flexibility in planning. “

It is time to democratize world trade
“It was almost impossible for growers to control their logistics chain, which involved a mountain of paperwork. Digitization gives farmers better insight into the movement of their goods, and it helps them reduce food waste during transport. It democratizes world trade because it is now possible for more parties to trade their own goods without fear of wasting products. “

Innovation in container technology is a must
“That containers for fresh goods have to cross the seas creates uncertainty. Minimal deviations can have major consequences, and even small adjustments can lead to large losses. There is a need for more development in the sector, such as improving container insulation in real time, insight into temperature and remote adjustment of the temperature. “

From local agriculture to sustainable shipping
“Sending food from all parts of the world does not sound sustainable, but growing everything locally is not, at least not yet. Until we find a way to grow locally, we need a global trading system that can feed the whole is up to all of us to optimize all parts of the logistics chain and make it easier for freight forwarders to minimize their emissions Digital freight forwarders now offer the choice of shipping with sustainable fuels, replanting, carbon extraction or a combination of these. as a team, ”Jarell concludes.

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