Toronto-based Longo Brothers Fruit Market uses its in-store inventory for both online and offline purchases, which means that perishable groceries have a better chance of being sold. But retailers who operate this way are discovering that it creates a supply-chain "black hole" in which products that have physically left the shelves but have not been paid for yet are still included in the inventory for online consumers.
Packaged food may be protected from bacterial contamination such as salmonella by antimicrobial agents developed from natural ingredients such as cloves, oregano, thyme and paprika, researchers found. The antimicrobials also could extend the shelf life of food.
Freshco International Supermarket will open the first in its chain of new food stores in Orange City, Fla., on Aug. 30. The store will offer a variety of grocery items, foreign foods and tropical produce. It will also include a food court.