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CPMA calls for Innovation Working Group volunteers

Innovation has always been an important driver in the fresh fruits and vegetables world, and that influence continues at an ever-increasing pace. CPMA members are often at the forefront of these changes as industry looks for more efficient, cost effective and labour-saving opportunities for growth. The transformation to a digital world has introduced artificial intelligence, big data, block chain and a myriad of other data/software driven innovations. The physical tools also continue to evolve with advances in robotics, optical technologies, drones and other innovative systems. The timescales of innovation are also shrinking as the FF&V industry drives the introduction of novel solutions to solve existing problems and discovers new ways of approaching the age-old challenges of the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain.
 
CPMA wants to create opportunities to bring members and innovative providers (disruptors) together to address current, and prepare for future, challenges facing the industry. CPMA’s Innovation Hub will be the launch pad for this endeavour. The goal is to have a single portal where members can find partners with innovative ideas and the innovators can find organizations looking to solve problems using new, non-traditional methods.
 
To meet this challenge, CPMA is looking for member volunteers to join an Innovation Working Group to help set the direction and identify the initial goals for the project. In no particular order, here are some of the skill sets CPMA would like volunteers to bring to the table:

  • Past or current experience developing organizational change procedures
  • An understanding of the digital requirements within an organization
  • Operational expertise within your organization (boots on the ground practices)
  • A current innovation, or similar, position within an organization
  • Service / equipment/digital providers with new approaches
  • Disruptors or those who would like to be

CPMA is looking for participation from all along the supply chain, including service provider members, as these types of initiatives work best when viewed as a broad canvas. Initially, the IWG will meet on an ad hoc basis, but it is likely this will transform into a permanent group as the work evolves.
 
If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact 
Food Safety Specialist Jeff Hall at 647-409-3570 or [email protected].

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