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New supply chain technology should help to reduce food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has invested in a new technology designed to help reduce food waste by assisting with real-time supply chain decisions.

The Real Time Supply Chain Technology is expected to reduce the amount of un-bought food which gets left on the shelves by 15% during periods of unexpected weather.

According to the retailer, periods of unexpected weather can cause perishable food to remain, uneaten, on supermarket shelves. It is hoped that this new system, which will monitor food coming off the shelves on a minute-by-minute basis, allowing Sainsbury’s to know which food to send to individual stores each day.

Sainsbury’s supply chain director Tim Goalen said: “This new system allows us to react to any changes in buying pattern on the same day rather than overnight, meaning we can make far better decisions on where to send stock before it leaves our depots.

“Several times a year, shelves might be full of barbecue food for the weekend, only for unexpected rain to cause everyone to clamour for warm, hearty food instead. This new way of working will greatly reduce the risk of this.”

This technology is the latest move by Sainsbury’s to reduce the environmental impact of its food waste.

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