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1Trader Joe’s Supply Side Process ImprovementStudent's NameInstitutional AffiliationCourse Name and NumberInstructor's NameDate
2Trader Joe’s Supply Side Process ImprovementTrader Joe is a grocery-oriented firm with several stores in the United Statesproviding novelty fresh items to the population (Bauermeister, 2021). According to Rohith(2021), Trader Joe’s success hinges on its business model that emphasizes on “less is better”strategy. Rohith (2021) adds that Trader Joe’s “Less is better” business model rests threepillars i.e. operations efficiency by maximizing its sales per square foot, unique marketingapproach which uses local influence to design their stores thus adding customer value, andefficient shopping experience by emphasizing on product quality over quantity. ConsideringTrader Joe's market growth and ability to actively engage their customers in their operations,the firm could seize the opportunity of applying sustainable supply chain practices in itsdistribution process. As a retail firm, the opportunity involves improving the application ofenvironmentally friendly practices in its packaging which according to Burns-Smith et al.(2015) have a significant positive correlation with customer satisfaction.Current StateCurrently, Trader Joe's uses the retail distribution channel characterized by only threeparticipants in the i.e. the producer, retailer, and the consumer (Lumen, 2019). Trader Joe’sadopts this channel to ensure minimal handling of products before they reach end consumerswhich would not be possible had the firm introduced other levels of distributors in thechannel. Additionally, the distribution process starts from the collection of Trader Joe's ordersdirectly from suppliers, the supplies are then transported to the distribution centres for furthervalue addition processes such as packaging, refrigeration, and cool storage conditions. Itemsrequiring cool storage are stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, those requiring refrigeration arestored inside refrigeration rooms, and those that do well at room temperatures are stacked
3vertically waiting for clearance for shipment. From there, items that the management havecleared for shipment are shipped to the various Trader Joe’s stores in the United States.Process Flow ChartYesNoYesNoProductCollectionTransportation toDistribution CenterDistributionCenterRefrigerate?Move to therefrigerationroomCleared fordispatch?Transport to Local StorePackage & Stack Up(in dry storageracks)Cleared fordispatch?Local StoreWait forClearanceWait forClearanceYesNoNeed HeatProtection?NoYesStore in HeatProtection Roomunder 55 degreesFahrenheitCleared fordispatch?Wait forClearanceWait forClearanceNoYesYes
4Retails Channel (Lumen, 2019)Trader Joe’s Distribution Center (Armstrong, 2019)Analysis and FindingsThe flow chart provides a quick overview of the operations processes at Trader Joe’sdistribution channel from the collection of products from the firm’s suppliers up to the

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