Spoiler Alert Blog | Food Waste

The ‘5 W’s and How’ for improving unsold food inventory management

Spoiler AlertDec 20, 2017

Starting at a young age, many of us are introduced to the series of questions — Where, What, Who, How, When, and Why? — that help one develop a complete story on a topic. Sometimes referred to as...

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Topics: unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand

4 key value chain strategies for reducing unsaleables

Spoiler AlertDec 8, 2017

Fifteen billion dollars. The estimated cost that food manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and grocery retailers spend each year on unsaleables, defined as product removed from the primary...

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Topics: unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand

3 solutions for capturing food waste data and when to use each

Spoiler AlertNov 29, 2017

At Spoiler Alert, we’re firm believers in the value of data. We often talk about how a better understanding of data enables major food businesses to improve unsold inventory management, or how...

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Topics: sustainability, unsold inventory, food brand

4 urgency drivers for unsold inventory management

Spoiler AlertNov 16, 2017

There is a common expression — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. When applied in business, the phrase can be used to justify maintaining the status quo and controlling new spending. Why invest in...

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Topics: unsold inventory, food brand, policy

6 food leaders step up to the plate for Hunger Action Month

Spoiler AlertOct 17, 2017

Anyone engaged in the U.S. food space should be aware of the paradox that despite nicknames like the ‘land of plenty’, 42 million Americans experience hunger. Yet with the range of other issues...

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Topics: sustainability, food brand, Customer Spotlights

4 key internal stakeholders to engage in unsold inventory management

Spoiler AlertAug 23, 2017

In our experience, four internal stakeholders play key roles when strategizing around unsold inventory management: Operations, Sustainability, Merchandising, and Finance. Before implementing an...

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Topics: sustainability, unsold inventory, food brand

Optimal times to re-energize sustainability initiatives

Spoiler AlertAug 9, 2017

Cutting costs, managing supplier relationships, maximizing customer value - food business executives constantly juggle numerous priorities to keep their company afloat. In this environment, some...

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Topics: sustainability, food brand, policy

3 potential outcomes of the Amazon-Whole Foods merger

Spoiler AlertJul 19, 2017

Last month, Amazon made waves after announcing that the company will acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. Fallout from the deal was instantly felt in the stocks of major grocery chains,...

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Topics: food brand, Customer Spotlights

Championing Target 12.3: 6 global executives collaborate on food waste

Spoiler AlertJun 12, 2017

In September 2015, members of the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Embedded in the ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ goal is Target 12.3, which...

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Topics: sustainability, food brand, Customer Spotlights, policy

5 Steps for Launching a Successful Food Donation Program

Spoiler AlertJan 11, 2017

Are you looking to donate your surplus food? Whether you're a wholesale food distributor or food manufacturer with unsold inventory, the first step in thinking about donating food is to understand...

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Topics: donation, unsold inventory, food brand