Sustainability is a major topic that is currently high on the agenda of all social, economic and societal areas. What are the touch points that you see for food logistics in particular?
Sustainability is a broad topic. In the field of logistics, of course, it’s also about reducing CO2 emissions – for example through e-mobility – but also about working conditions, renewable energies, animal welfare, zero waste and other topics relevant to a sustainable supply chain. Nagel-Group has a wealth of expertise and resources with its many years of experience in food logistics and its recently founded Sustainability Committee. This will be invaluable in focusing on dealing with new industry topics, in developing new approaches to solutions and thus also in facing up to the challenges sustainability brings.
Digitalisation is a hot topic in almost all sectors of the economy. In what form will digitalisation continue to make itself felt in retail and thus also in retail logistics?
Omnichannel will continue to play a central role in food retailing in the coming years. Retailers have to decide how and where to offer their products and how these channels can be best interconnected. The choice of retailer, shopping location or delivery service is increasingly becoming a lifestyle statement for consumers. Product, price and service transparency on the net mean that retailers have to position and profile themselves much more differently than they did 15 years ago. On top of this challenge, there are many other opportunities and risks that are being driven by digitalisation.
There is a wide range of current projects that will influence our supply chains in the course of digitalisation. For example, the “digital delivery note”, in which Nagel-Group is already participating, the “AI-supported sales forecast” or the opportunity to optimise cloud-based delivery processes, to name but a few.
Other topics deal more with the producer side, such as the possibility of producing food via 3D printing. Interesting issues will arise here, especially in the plant-based food sector in the area of meat substitutes, which will transform the industry.