Cool It!

Driving KPI Excellence with the Americold Operating System

Posted by Angie Hansen on Sep 24, 2020 5:02:12 PM

Last month we detailed the Americold Operating System (AOS) – our unique business ecosystem – and the operational rigor it promotes among and between Americold’s network of integrated temperature-controlled warehouses. Read more here. This month, we’re looking at how the consistency this ecosystem delivers translates into dependable uniformity for our customers, as well as saved time and money. We’ll also explore AOS innovation and its benefits.

Read More

Topics: Energy, Automation, Sustainablity, Continuous improvement, Temperature-controlled infrastructure, supply chain, food supply chain, temperature-controlled supply chain, AOS

Stronger Together: The Americold Operating System

Posted by Angie Hansen on Aug 28, 2020 11:04:42 AM

Consistency. It’s a familiar key deliverable for food producers and food retailers that builds a strong foundation for brand loyalty. In the service industry, executing consistency looks different; drivers like safety and supply chain remain crucial, but elements like innovation and process optimization emerge as important factors.

Read More

Topics: Food Safety, Warehouse Safety, Transportation, Environment, Energy, Internet of Things, Visibility in Supply Chain, Frozen produce, Automation, IoT, Sustainablity, Continuous improvement, cold storage, Temperature-controlled infrastructure, food security, food supply chain, temperature-controlled supply chain, AOS

Not just cold, ice cream cold

Posted by Angie Hansen on Jul 20, 2020 8:36:10 AM

What’s the most popular frozen food sold in the United States? ICE CREAM![1] As the largest consumer of ice cream around the world, it’s fitting that the United States celebrates National Ice Cream Month every July. The average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year.[2]  While vanilla remains the most popular flavor, there are plenty of creative flavors out there to satisfy any taste bud.  At Americold, our temperature-controlled infrastructure and services help your favorite frozen treats get from where they’re produced to your freezer or neighborhood ice cream shop.  Here’s the scoop on ice cream by our numbers: 

For more information on Americold’s offerings and our ice cream cold capabilities, contact us. Let's talk!

[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/253370/us-frozen-food-sales-by-product-category/
[2] https://www.idfa.org/ice-cream-sales-trends#:~:text=Consumption,popular%20category%20of%20frozen%20desserts.

Read More

Topics: Temperature-controlled infrastructure, food supply chain, Grocery, Dairy, Ice Cream

E-commerce and the Cold Grocery Supply Chain

Posted by Angie Hansen on Jun 24, 2020 4:33:37 PM

Business as usual. COVID-19 put this cliché on ice and has introduced us to unprecedented times and new normals, rocking business models to their core and forcing change where none was wanted. As retail, healthcare, education, travel, banking, and other sectors struggle to adapt, we’re seeing new trends, new challenges, and new opportunities emerge.

Read More

Topics: Internet of Things, eCommerce, IoT, COVID-19, supply chain, temperature-controlled supply chain, Grocery, Grocery Store, Retail

Resiliency in the Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain

Posted by Angie Hansen on May 26, 2020 3:45:04 PM

Food is not only a necessity, it’s a comfort. Having a good day? Grab some ice cream! Having a bad day? Make it a double scoop. But have you ever stopped to think about how your food goes from manufacturer to table?

Read More

Topics: Food Safety, Visibility in Supply Chain, Frozen produce, Temperature-controlled infrastructure, food security, COVID-19, supply chain, food supply chain, temperature-controlled supply chain

Developing an Impactful RFP Process

Posted by Daniel Cooke on Mar 9, 2020 3:45:11 PM

 

We asked our Proposal Manager, Iesha Jenkins, to share some of her BDPs for developing a first class RFP process - read on to find out more...

Benefits of a Request For Proposal (RFP)

Developing trustworthy relationships with your vendors will ensure a true, mutually beneficial partnership where you both win.  Your vendor will support you with the services you need and you’ll pay a fair price for them.  But to develop this kind of vested relationship you must go beyond a search purely for the lowest price and instead seek out value.  Enter the Request for Proposal (RFP) process...

Read More

Topics: Visibility in Supply Chain, Continuous improvement, Case Studies

The Temperature-Controlled Protein Supply Chain

Posted by Daniel Cooke on Jan 16, 2020 4:40:02 PM

We recently spoke with Pat Ballard, Americold's VP Business Development for Key Accounts in the Protein vertical, to catch up on the temperature-controlled protein supply chain.  Read on to hear his insights...

Read More

Topics: Transportation, Poultry, Visibility in Supply Chain, Interview, cold storage, Temperature-controlled infrastructure, port, export, Protein, Beef, Pork

How Can We Get Our Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Faster?

Posted by Daniel Cooke on Oct 18, 2019 12:12:20 PM

The port of Savannah, GA and Americold's PortFresh Savannah campus are open for fresh fruit and vegetable imports and exports.  And with the introduction of the USDA’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program about four years ago, opportunities for customers and vendors involved in international fruit and vegetable supply chains have increased significantly....

Read More

Topics: International, cold storage, PMA, Fruit, Vegetable, port, import, export, portfresh, savannah, Fresh Summit

To Build, or Not To Build?

Posted by Daniel Cooke on Oct 3, 2019 4:09:15 PM

That is certainly the question now as demand for food variety, and consequently food storage, accelerates. In general, demand for food increases roughly in line with inflation - the more people there are, the more food is consumed. But today's consumers expect more choice - more variety - and more convenience. CBRE reports food sales have increased 24% in just the last 5 years! An analogy often conveyed during our meetings is to ask people to consider the size of the frozen pizza section in a local grocery store 15-20 years ago. Maybe it was a cabinet of two with 4 flavors from a handful of frozen pizza manufacturers. And look at that same produce now... multiply that out for the majority products a typical grocery store offers and you can see why there can be 50-60,000 SKUS under that one roof!

Read More

Topics: Transportation, cold storage, Temperature-controlled infrastructure

An Interview with Richard Winnall, Americold’s new Managing Director for International Business

Posted by Daniel Cooke on Aug 11, 2019 6:25:09 PM

Richard Winnall joined Americold in January 2019 a year after the company’s entrance on the New York Stock Exchange – Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD) is listed as the world’s largest publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the ownership, operation, and development of temperature-controlled infrastructure globally.

Read More

Topics: Australia, New Zealand, ANZ, International, Interview