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

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

Learning the Lingo: 3 definitions related to unsold food inventory

Spoiler AlertJun 28, 2017

Food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are well aware of the reality that, for a variety of reasons, not all products will be sold to customers. To remedy this, companies have strategies...

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Topics: liquidation, unsold inventory, supply chain

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