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From farm to consumer: Solving real business problems

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As a self-proclaimed “Retailgeek,” I’ve been fortunate to witness firsthand the myriad ways technology has evolved to enable, enhance, and expedite commerce.

One such transformation was at SAP’s Sapphire event in Orlando. The farm-to-consume showcase led attendees from the farm, through some intricate supply chain processes, and ended at consumption in the form of ice cream treats produced on site.

The immersive exhibit was a testament to the power of experiential storytelling in demonstrating real solutions to problems facing businesses and industries today. It showed how intelligent technologies — when applied with precision and purpose — can transform complex processes and deliver positive, sustainable outcomes.

The farm-to-consume process brought to life

At Sapphire, attendees followed five steps in the cross-industry product lifecycle from origin at the farm to its final destination at the retail store with the consumer.

  1. Farm
  2. Sourcing
  3. Production
  4. Delivery
  5. Consume

The interactive showcase demonstrated how intelligent technologies boost efficiency, reduce costs, and improve sustainability along the food value chain.

Starting at the farm, it showed how farmers can use data, IoT technology, and analytics to refine agricultural systems for better decision making right at the source. This kind of smart farming enables them to better manage field conditions, optimize crops, and reduce their use of water resources.

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Revolutionizing supply chain management 

By improving visibility and traceability into the location, condition, and quality of farmed products, intelligent farming helps consumer product companies as they source ingredients for the items that they manufacture and package.

The farm-to-consume exhibit showed how data solutions and business networks can boost supply chain resilience and sustainability by helping manufacturers source according to their needs.

In the ice cream production line, it showed how intelligent planning technologies and real-time data help manufacturers respond to demand signals so that they can adjust production to changing consumer preferences.

The use of smart sensors, AI, and analytics through each stage of the supply chain — including logistics, warehousing, and transportation management — helps streamline operations, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. Operations managers can optimize capacity and ensure products are shipped on time.

At the consume stage, real-time data and analytics enable CPG brands to create personalized promotions for customers, and also fine-tune store operations.

All these shiny technologies and enormous volumes of data provide better experiences for the customer by meeting their needs and preferences while delivering tangible results for the business and advancing sustainable commerce.

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Harnessing technology for practical solutions

The farm-to-consume showcase wasn’t a static display or a mere walkthrough of theoretical applications. It was a live demonstration of how technology operates in the real world. It provided a glimpse into how the tools are implemented, how they function, and more importantly, how they drive results.

In essence, the showcase was an immersive and compelling narrative about the power of technology to transform business processes, delivered through the lens of experiential storytelling. But it was more than just a story; it was a testament to SAP’s commitment to providing practical, results-driven solutions.

From farm to consumer: Real solutions with real results

The key message was clear: it’s not about chasing trends or implementing technology for technology’s sake. The primary focus is on helping businesses solve problems and achieve their goals.

Not only did the attendees get to see an array of intelligent technologies and solutions in action, but they also got to taste the literal fruits of that labor when they were treated to ice cream at the end of the journey.

In a world that’s often engrossed in the latest tech trends, the farm-to-consume showcase was a refreshing reminder that technology’s real power lies in its ability to solve problems and deliver tangible results.

Business, better:
Better outcomes.
Better experiences.
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