It’s obviously no longer your father’s supply chain! We have all been witnesses of what we consider significant changes to traditional supply chains. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Kellogg Company will remove the leg of actual store deliveries from its traditional supply chain to retail grocery stores and just deliver their sought after goods directly to the grocery store warehouses. This means the grocery chains will now have the responsibility to handle the actual store deliveries.
So what’s the impact here, well for Kellogg, they intend to close 39 distribution centers and will eliminate approximately 1000 jobs. So for Kellogg workers this is certainly a major blow. For the grocery chains, this means more goods moving through their distribution centers for actual store delivery; obviously at additional costs. We also wonder if the reduced costs Kellogg will benefit from by making these changes will be passed onto their customers in terms of reduced prices for the “delivered” goods. Somehow we don’t think that will be the case however.
Here is a link to the full article.