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RootFacts can optimize the supply chain of your agribusiness, from farm to fork

The agricultural supply chain is the route that food products take from being grown on a farm to being consumed by final consumers. There are various challenges resulting from inefficiencies in this process, which include:

Waste of Food

Shocking amounts of food go to waste globally because of spoilage and other breakdowns along the chain. It is estimated that one-third of all food produced is either lost or wasted [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations].

Fluctuations in price

There are unstable market conditions as well as disruptions in logistics which may lead to high volatile pricing for both farmers and consumers. Farmers may not be sure about what they will get back while consumers face fluctuating food prices.

Transparency

For many consumers, it’s difficult to know where their foods come from since there isn’t enough visibility into this kind of information. It prevents customers’ trust in brands based on ethical and sustainable sourcing practices.

RootFacts offers Supply Chain Optimization services, an umbrella term used for numerous farming IT systems provided by the company, which farmers can use as a tool for streamlining processes involved within its value chain.

Understanding Supply Chain Optimization in Agriculture

Supply Chain Optimization is how you make the journey followed by food products more efficient and transparent when they travel through different places. This consists of several core aspects:

Demand Forecasting
Extensive use of data and market trends when predicting consumer demands for specific items accurately. As a result, farmers plus other stakeholders could plan production quantities, storage methods, and distribution strategies accordingly. Correct demand forecasting reduces wastages due to under/overproduction thereby enhancing resource utilization efficiencies.

Inventory Management

Maintaining optimal stock levels throughout the supply chain so as to reduce waste arising out of perishability loss or overstocking inventories. Some measures worth considering include just-in-time (JIT) stock management and the use of technology to monitor inventory levels in real-time. This ensures that products are available for customers while reducing losses due to excess inventories.
Traceability and Visibility
Giving clear details about the source of food and how it was made to customers. This helps build customer trust that can make them loyal to brands where ethical and sustainable food sourcing are concerned. There are several ways of achieving traceability including QR codes with links connecting customers directly with detailed information about every product history.

Logistics & Transportation

Choosing cost-effective transportation means that limit spoilage and logistics costs, which transfer commodities from farms to consumers’ tables. These include optimizing the transport routes, selecting the most appropriate mode of transportation based on what is being transported and how far it needs to go, as well as using refrigeration systems for perishable items. Resource allocation will be optimized as timely delivery is ensured minimizing deterioration.

RootFacts Supply Chain Optimization Services: Cultivating Efficiency Across the Food System

A unique feature of RootFacts Supply Chain Optimization services is their deviation from traditional consulting practices into data-driven technological solutions addressing various stakeholders along the agricultural supply chain.

Demand prediction through the use of machine learning

Using advanced algorithms, analyze past sales data, market trends, consumer behavior and sentiment on social media. As a result, stakeholders can with certainty predict future demand for particular items. It enables better production planning and allocation of resources. Machine learning models are capable of continuous learning and improvement thus making it possible to achieve accurate forecasts.

Real-time tracking and monitoring

Through placing sensors and monitoring systems throughout the supply chain to track the location, temperature, humidity and condition of products in real time, it is possible to avoid spoilage by taking preventive actions. For example in refrigerated transportation units there can be integrated temperature sensors that would monitor product temperature during transport as well as ensure proper storage conditions. Besides that we can use humidity sensors to check moisture levels for products prone to mold or spoilage.

Logistics optimization and route planning

Utilize smart logistics software to optimize transportation routes, minimize fuel consumption and reduce delivery times. These aspects aid in cost reduction as well as lower environmental impacts of the supply chain. Route planning software takes into account such factors as traffic patterns; weather conditions; locations where deliveries should be made; current information on road closures or delays in order to determine the most efficient way goods can be transported.

Blockchain integration

Use blockchain technology to create a secure store of information about the movement of goods within the supply chain which allows consumers trace back their food origin point, production methods used along with its journey thereby building trust towards brands being sold. Moreover blockchain technology makes sure that all transactions are never tampered with thus securing integrity in record keeping across all points of transitions involved in any supply chain process from beginning till end. By scanning QR codes on product packaging customers would find out more about farm where this product was grown, what production methods were employed here as well as if there are any certifications concerning this product.