Food & Beverage

  • In the last post in this series, we covered the recent news regarding commodities and tariffs. More specifically, we looked at the commodities targeted by the Trump administration, and the retaliatory tariffs other countries imposed on goods from the United States. We also highlighted negative tariff impacts on three key industries including auto parts manufacturers,…

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  • More and more people are beginning to drive for work; in fact, by 2020, an overwhelming majority of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of mobile employees. Many of these employees will work in the food and beverage industry, primarily supplying, selling and delivering products all across the country. As one might guess, the job…

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  • Food and beverage fleets are pinched by two significant challenges when introducing driver-facing technology. The first is retention. As reported by Food Logistics, more than four out of five food and beverage fleets have turnover of above 25%. For one-third of fleets, the turnover is at least 50%. High turnover means high rates of driver replacement, and every new driver must be trained on the systems. The other significant challenge is the age of the industry’s drivers. Also as reported by Food Logistics, virtually every fleet in the food and beverage industry is staffed by drivers who average 40 years old or more.

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  • It’s difficult to discuss food trucks without resorting to adjectives as earthy as the diesel in their portable power generators. Try it. It always comes out as “the humble, authentic, grounded food truck.” Or “the simple comforts of genuine, hand-made grub.” And so on. But the entrepreneurs behind thousands of successful food trucks are more than just home-spun, self-taught combinators of fat, salt, and carbs.

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