You may want to sit down to read this: risk is everywhere in the supply chain. Okay, so that may not be news to you, but there is a particular supply chain that experiences a very particular kind of risk: the produce supply chain. As this article by Doug Ohlemeier explains, “[f]resh produce can be contaminated anywhere in the supply chain,” and that makes rigid supply chain control an utmost necessity for the business of produce. Companies in the produce business are beginning to spend more time discussing safe practices with transporters, farmers and stores that carry their produce – looking at the quality and best practices implemented by each section.
This new focus on shipping and supply quality may have an impact on the buyer as well. With extra time and expense generated upstream, buyers will more than likely feel the pinch in their wallets-but the cost of safety isn't one that most will be upset with, presumably.