ManufacturingSeptember 28, 2023

It’s Fall Festival Time! Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

Many event planners and teams focused on the supply chain may also wonder about possible food or beverage shortages. With high inflation, supply chain bottlenecks, extreme weather conditions, and possible transport issues, it is a legitimate concern. But how do you solve it?
Avatar Therese Snow

Celebrating at fall festivals

People still want the festive mood of summer long after it ends, but before winter gets its grip on the outdoors. That makes autumn the perfect time for many to partake in their local festivals.  Traditionally, festivals were held during this time of year to express appreciation for the harvest as well as wish for a good crop in the coming year. Fast forward to today and apple picking, hay rides, hearty food, and sipping on drinks with friends have become the perfect way to enjoy the simple pleasures of autumn. Add to that additional fall flair like pumpkin decorating, hot air balloon rides, and just about anything related to Halloween and suddenly, you have a very big crowd on your hands!

While many towns throughout the world host festivals filled with good food, hot pretzels and a cold brew, have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of all this activity? How do you keep food plenty and mugs full? This is where inventory meets the supply chain.

How the food Industry can optimize its supply chain for festivals

Many event planners and teams focused on the supply chain may also wonder about possible food or beverage shortages. With high inflation, supply-chain bottlenecks, extreme weather conditions, and possible transport issues, it is a legitimate concern. 

With DELMIA, Consumer Packaged goods – Retail (CPG-R) companies can improve their global and local supply chains’ visibility, synchronization, and flexibility. This, in turn, can help businesses turn conflicting demands and constraints into growth opportunities to increase sustainability and profitability.

Running a smooth operation 

This time of year may have many event planners thinking about logistics and workforce. Some challenges in managing your supply chain during the fall festival season include hiring and retaining the workforce, ensuring inventory is plentiful, proper amount of storage and being alert for anything unexpected.

DELMIA Quintiq Workforce Scheduling optimizes workforce management with employee scheduling and planning capabilities. It provides complete visibility and control over your workforce management system, integrating planning and scheduling processes into a single workforce planner software. Users can create rosters considering unique workforce scheduling constraints, such as shift preferences and labor regulations. Manufacturing planners and organizations can build resilient supply chains to improve productivity and efficiency, ensure on-time delivery with shorter lead times and take advantage of opportunities for innovation and sustainable growth.

Keeping the right workforce

Increasing complexity, uncertainty and disparate processes put pressure on supply chains to perform effectively. A company can benefit from supply chain network optimization by improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its supply chain processes. DELMIA Supply Chain Planning & Optimization enables suppliers to respond confidently to market fluctuations and disruptive events by accurately modeling and integrating supply chain operations across the organization.

DELMIA Quintiq Workforce Scheduling helps users to better understand how long-term staffing plans can meet demand and create rosters that include all unique workforce scheduling constraints such as shift preferences, labor regulations and vacation leave. Easily allow employees to bid and swap shifts, request for leave and define their preferred working hours, all through a mobile application. The result is the ability to optimize task and work order assignments to maximize utilization and efficiency.

Being sustainable with a large crowd

What does it mean to be sustainable, especially in the face of a big event? It means abiding by the principles of eliminating waste, keeping enough inventory, using local food sources, and recycling to name a few. It is in fact the increasing demand for sustainability and regulatory pressure that necessitates balancing planet conservation with profit.

The challenge of feeding large crowds and maintaining food sustainability is forcing food producers to stretch their supply chains across continents, which comes at the expense of resources and the environment. But some of the biggest brands in the world have bucked that trend, creating supply chains that are both profitable and sustainable. 

Your agile and resilient organization can establish environmentally and financially sustainable supply chains capable of thriving today.  

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