November 2017: Members in the News

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DCA Congratulates Member Company Top 3PLs

Inbound Logistics & Food Logistics Name
Port Jersey, MetroPark, States & M&W (West) Logistics

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Port Jersey Logistics’ Continental Logistics Division is Iron Apple Certified Member Company

Port Jersey Logistics’ transportation management division, Continental Logistics (www.continentallogistics.com) is now certified by Iron Apple International for finishing the Training Requirements for FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act)! Continental Logistics is pleased to be one of the forerunners of the transportation industry by ensuring products are safe from “farm to fork.”

Matt Clark, Director of Logistics at Continental Logistics, is very dedicated to “our core values” of food safety transportation compliance and performance. “Food safety touches us all – especially our families. Continental Logistics is determined to embrace change, embrace technology, and embrace our vendors and carriers by carrying out safety training such as that provided by Iron Apple. As such, we support our carriers, but will also put those carriers on hold who do not comply with FSMA, which went into effect April of 2017.”

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Consumers Continue to Choose Physical Over Digital for Groceries

Source: Business Wire

Consumers have a variety of options when it comes to buying groceries, and they continue to choose physical grocery stores to make their purchases. The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently released “The State of Grocery Shopping” survey which found that 99% of adults buy some or all their groceries in-person.

Consumers visit physical stores personally because they seek immediate access to products (71 percent), the ability to select fresh meat, dairy and produce (70 percent), as well as see product options and select all other items in person (69 percent).

“The grocery sector remains relatively unimpacted by the growth in e-commerce sales,” said Tom McGee, President and CEO of ICSC. “Consumers are heavily invested in the types of food they purchase and they want to be able to select the best and the freshest to take home.”

Millennials take a different path to grocery shopping

Keeping true to the Millennial influence of industries, grocery shopping for this demographic looks very different from older generations, for instance:

  • They shop at 5.9 different types of grocery stores, slightly above the average
  • Nearly one out of four Millennials (23 percent) shop three or more times a week for groceries
  • Even when ordering online, 81 percent of Millennials go to the store to pick-up their grocery order
  • A significantly higher number of Millennials buy groceries from convenience stores (74 percent), Amazon/other pure online retailers (67 percent) and high-end supermarkets (66 percent)

“Millennials have been called the foodie generation and blend that with their command of technology and we see some changes in grocery purchasing behaviors, which will drive all grocery retailers to make appropriate modifications in their business model to address the way they shop,” said McGee. “The grocery retailer who wins their share of wallet is the one who delivers an omnichannel experience that meets their desires and demands.”

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Benefits Are Part of War for Talent

Nearly one-third of employers chose to expand their employee benefits over the past 16 months to remain competitive in a heated recruiting environment, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) study.

“Recruiting difficulty has continued to increase over the last five years, and competition for talent is high,” explains Shonna Waters, vice president of research for SHRM. “Most companies are now using benefits as a strategic tool for recruiting and retaining talent in this competitive environment.”

Increases in benefits packages most often involved health (22%) and wellness (24%) offerings. SHRM also found that 95% of employers now offer health care coverage to opposite-sex spouses, while 85% offer it to same-sex spouses as well.

Additionally, about one-third of companies (34%) are offering health care coverage to part-time employees – in contrast to only 27% in 2014.

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