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SymphonyAI Expert Wins 2023 Food Logistics’ Rock Star Award


SymphonyAI Retail CPG, a Dallas-based SymphonyAI vertical, has announced that Product Management Director Florian Loinard has been recognized as a winner of a 2023 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award from Food Logistics.

The annual award highlights leaders across the food and beverage industry who are making an impact on improving the safety of cold food and beverage products, adopting more sustainable practices and growing the global cold food sector.

Loinard earned the recognition for his work in helping SymphonyAI Retail CPG improve how grocers can limit food waste while replenishing fresh food items and developing initiatives around stronger inventory tracking for food retailers.

“Not all rock stars are famous musicians,” said Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “There are several rock stars right here in the cold chain, promoting workforce development, solving supply chain disruptions, mitigating risks, and helping to heal the supply chain.”

SymphonyAI Retail CPG works with top retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to strengthen the retail supply chain and enable it to respond with more agility. Loinard’s work over the last 12 months included developing a replenishment algorithm that helps grocers track a fresh item’s “use-by-date” information within distribution channels and at the store level, improving sell-through and reducing waste of those products.

For one retailer, the quantitative approach reduced manual labor of store staff needing to check every item on every shelf to remove items that have expired. With the inventory-tracking technology that Loinard helped to develop, food retailers can manage perishable items.

“I’m honored and humbled to be called a ‘rock star,’” Loinard said.

“AI and other technology can greatly assist retailers and CPG manufacturers in new ways to fight food waste and grow their businesses. I’m proud of the work SymphonyAI Retail CPG has produced over the last year in this area, and even prouder of the work to come in helping optimize supply chains, merchandizing and marketing for innovative FMCG companies worldwide.”

As an honoree, Loinard joins colleague Troy Prothero, VP of product management, who won the Rock Star award in 2022 and 2020.

The full list of 2023 winners alongside Loinard can be viewed here.

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