Food charities are taking technological cues from e-commerce to meet the spike in both donations and demand for their services during the holiday season, The Wall Street Journal writes. Facing the same pressure as big retailers to maximize efficiency and minimize waste, food banks are utilizing software and other tech solutions to manage inventory, supply chains, and speedy delivery.
Technologies developed by and for commercial firms are becoming cheaper and more accessible to charities, the Journal says. Exact Macola, an Ohio-based logistics company, is broadening its donation of software to food banks to help them stay on top of their stock. The need is especially acute at this time of year, as holiday food drives nearly double donations to groups like Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which uses the Exact Macola program.