Emerging Warehouse Trends-RK Foodland

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In the constantly evolving food industry, ability to meet customer expectations is crucial for success. With rise of demand-driven consumption centres, food businesses are under pressure to have robust supply chain capabilities, including efficient warehousing operations. As a supply chain professional, staying up-to-date on latest trends and advancements in warehousing is essential for staying ahead of the competition. In this blog, we delve into the top warehousing trends in Indian food industry and how they can help businesses meet customer demands and drive success. 


1. Revolutionizing Warehouse Space: Modular and Built-to-Suit Shared Warehouses 

Businesses are looking for innovative ways to optimize their warehousing strategies. In this changing landscape, modular build-to-suit warehouses are emerging as a game-changing trend. These cost-effective solutions allow companies to tailor the size and layout of their warehouses to fit their specific needs, providing the flexibility to expand or contract as business demands shift. This is easily available with companies offering a shared warehousing space. By adopting this trend, businesses can stay ahead of the competition and meet the expectations of their customers. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Warehouse occupancy 
  • Space utilization 
  • Cost per square foot 
  • Warehouse turnaround time 


2. A Bottom-Up Approach to Innovation: Driving Productivity and Success 

The food industry is witnessing a new and exciting trend in the optimization of supply chain operations, where businesses are striving to gain a competitive edge. By embracing a culture of continuous improvement that prioritizes initiatives based on the principles of bottom-up innovation using Six Sigma and Kaizen, food businesses are driving productivity and innovation through engagement, thereby creating a sustainable culture of innovation that delivers a competitive edge and keeps pace with the changing demands of the industry. This bottom-up approach to innovation is gaining popularity as it fosters an inclusive and evolving work environment, where employees are encouraged to participate in decision-making, planning, and implementation. This is enabling food businesses to build a strong foundation for supply chain efficiency and success. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Employee turnover 
  • Satisfaction and engagement score 
  • Absenteeism 
  • Productivity and efficiency 
  • Safety incidents 


3. Streamlining Supply Chain Operations: Outsourcing Temperature-Controlled Storage 

With the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective supply chain operations, food businesses are turning to outsourcing and cold storage leasing to stay ahead of the competition. By partnering with specialized third-party logistics providers, food companies can tap into the latest warehousing technologies, including temperature-controlled storage solutions, without having to make significant capital investments. This trend is allowing food businesses to focus on their core competencies while relying on the expertise of their logistics partners to handle warehousing and distribution needs. The result is a streamlined, cost-efficient supply chain operation that meets the evolving demands of customers. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Order accuracy
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Inventory carrying 


4. Maximizing Inventory Management: Integrating WMS Solutions 

The digital evolution has revolutionized the food industry, and the rise of online food retail has made it more important than ever for food companies to deliver a seamless customer experience. To meet these demands, a new trend is emerging – the adoption of Warehouse Management System (WMS). This cutting-edge solution allows for real-time inventory tracking and management, providing greater flexibility and scalability, and enabling seamless integration with e-commerce platforms. This integration leads to improved customer satisfaction, controlled operational costs, and increased efficiency. By embracing WMS technology, food businesses can stay ahead of the competition and thrive cost-sensitive market. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Inventory accuracy 
  • Inventory turnover 
  • Stock-outs 
  • Order picking accuracy 
  • Inventory carrying cost 


5. Ensuring Food Safety and Quality: Traceability and Root Cause Analysis 

Today, customer demand for safe and high-quality food products are becoming increasingly stringent. In response, food companies are placing a greater emphasis on ensuring their warehousing operations prioritize food safety and traceability. This involves adopting rigorous quality control measures, acquiring food safety certifications, and integrating traceability systems for effective root cause analysis. By prioritizing these critical elements, food businesses can not only guarantee the quality of their products but also drive growth by quickly identifying and rectifying potential issues. This emphasis on traceability and root cause analysis enhances customer satisfaction and strengthens brand reputation in an ever-competitive market. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Food safety incidents 
  • Food recall 
  • Customer complaint 
  • Quality control non-conformance 
  • Food waste 


6. Driving Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship: Green Warehousing Practices 

Sustainability is a critical aspect of modern-day supply chain & warehousing operations, and the Indian food industry is no exception. The latest trends in sustainability focus on reducing waste, minimizing energy consumption, and using eco-friendly materials. By implementing these practices, businesses can not only contribute to a greener environment but also reap numerous benefits such as reduced operating costs, improved brand reputation, and increased customer satisfaction. Furthermore, key performance indicators such as reduced carbon footprint, increased recycling rate, and improved resource efficiency can be positively impacted by adopting green operations and practices. As the world becomes increasingly conscious of environmental issues, these practices enable food businesses to stay ahead of the curve and incorporate sustainability into their warehousing strategies. 

Key KPIs impacted: 

  • Energy efficiency 
  • Waste reduction  
  • Water usage  
  • Carbon footprint 
  • Recycling rate of waste generated 


To sum up, staying ahead of the curve in Indian food industry means embracing latest warehousing trends. These trends provide food businesses with the edge they need to meet customer demands and remain competitive. By considering all aspects of their supply chain, food businesses can make informed decisions that drive growth and success.  

As food supply chain specialists with 35 years of experience, Foodland strongly recommends businesses to adopt these trends and invest in strengthening supply chain capabilities to make them future-ready and capable of achieving long-term success. To make this happen, supply chain partnerships have a very crucial role to play. 

We can make our experience translate into your supply chain competence. Let’s connect. 


Related Content | Foodland’s Resources 

India Warehousing Market Report 2022 

Tracing the dynamic growth of the Warehousing Market in India 

Future and Fortunes of Grade A Warehousing 



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