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4 Trends in Food & Beverage Storage in 2024

2024 brings various new and innovative trends to the food and beverage industry. The surge in digital platforms and direct-to-customer (D2C) models is not just a trend but a paradigm shift in how food brands operate and connect with their customers. From the rise of ghost kitchens in response to the pandemic to the integration of robotics in production and delivery, the industry is witnessing a transformative era. This blog delves into these dynamic changes, exploring how the food and beverage industry is adapting to meet the demands of the modern consumer through four major innovative strategies.

Focus on D2C/Consumer Demands

Food brands harness digital platforms to provide on-demand online delivery services and engage with customers through direct-to-customer (D2C) distribution models. Additionally, heightened safety concerns during the pandemic fuel the growth of ghost or cloud kitchens, exclusively offering food takeout and delivery services.

In tandem with D2C strategies, brands prioritize omnichannel distribution to complement the customer experience and boost sales. This integrated approach ensures customers access products online and in traditional stores, addressing diverse and preferred shopping choices. Further, eCommerce enables food manufacturers to establish stronger customer connections while ensuring product inventory. This direct connection allows manufacturers to retrieve valuable feedback and data, empowering them to tailor their offerings to consumer preferences. McMurray Stern has developed a solution for grocers to meet consumer demands quicker with same-day delivery – micro-fulfillment centers. Micro-fulfillment centers in the retail and grocery industries provide quicker direct delivery, in-store, or curbside pickup options, greatly enhancing convenience and speed. These solutions meet the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle but also increase customer satisfaction through faster product access. Improved accuracy and efficiency in warehouse operations are vital for business growth, while automated solutions, especially for temperature-sensitive and rapidly handled products, ensure high-quality delivery. The advent of same-day delivery options represents a notable advancement in logistics, providing exceptional speed and convenience to customers and marking a significant change in these industries focusing on speed, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

Real-time Inventory Management

Post-pandemic, many companies discovered that their legacy enterprise-centric systems no longer work “well enough.” In 2024, they will require platforms that facilitate closely integrated collaborative processes for managing plans, forecasts, orders, shipments, estimated times of arrival, and inventory in real time. Enhanced collaboration and more efficient information exchange will help to eliminate mistakes and inefficiencies, allowing all parties to reduce expenses and boost their competitive edge through effective business network strategies. Additionally, this approach will enable faster onboarding and offboarding of suppliers as necessary. McMurray Stern’s pallet, case, and piece-picking automations do just that. Our automated high-performance solutions meet customers’ needs and offer inventory control and same-day delivery options without impacting the store inventory.

Use of Robotics

In the food and beverage industry, robotics is pivotal in the supply chain. It enhances productivity, uniformity, and scale in food manufacturing procedures. In 2024, we’ll see a rise in the use of robotics in the modern food and beverage warehouse. Robots designed for hospitality are becoming integral in hotels and eateries, enhancing guest comfort and security. The advent of robotic cooks and machines for processing food underscores the growing significance of robotics in the culinary technology sector.

Autonomous drones and vehicles are emerging as efficient alternatives to manual delivery services, increasing cost savings. These and other food-handling robots facilitate rapid and cost-effective food tagging and monitoring in warehouses and grocery stores. The robotics bloom in the food industry expedites production revenue with enhanced speed and precise food quality control.

Temperature Controlled Environments

Maintaining a supply chain is already complex, but ensuring that the entire chain remains consistently temperature-controlled and refrigerated presents a significantly greater challenge. This level of control is essential for various temperature-sensitive products, such as food, beverages, vitamins, .

Companies require comprehensive monitoring, including track-and-trace, chain of custody, and origin details across all locations and parties, which is complex but vital for critical products. Platforms like One Network Enterprises offer these functions and are becoming indispensable for businesses managing product logistics from order to delivery through all supply and distribution levels. They ensure compliance with product specifications. These platforms benefit suppliers, manufacturers, and logistics providers by reducing costs and improving service in managing resources across storage and various transport modes in the cold chain. The solution is McMurray Stern’s pallet and case pick cold and freezer storage. We create the space needed for the expansion of temperature-controlled inventory. 

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As we navigate these pioneering changes in the food industry, it’s clear that integrating technology and customer-centric approaches are not just fleeting trends but essential components of the future landscape. Adopting D2C models, omnichannel and microfulfillment strategies, and advanced technologies like robotics and temperature-controlled supply chains underscore the industry’s commitment to efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction.

These developments signify a new era where adaptability, innovation, and customer engagement are crucial to thriving in a competitive market. Food brands that embrace these changes in the New Year will not only meet the advancing demands of consumers but also pave the way for a more connected, efficient, and sustainable food industry.

McMurray Stern is here to partner with your business, help you embrace the change, and lean into today’s innovations and technology. Learn more about our experience in the food and beverage industry by downloading our food and beverage brochure. If you prefer to learn more about us in person, watch for an invitation to our Food and Beverage Seminar on February 22, 2024. More details to come!

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