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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?

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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!

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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.

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

Will Online Retail Transform Grocery Shopping?

Posted by George Partington on Jun 18, 2019 12:23:07 PM

The online shopping revolution, pioneered by Amazon, could not happen without an extensive warehouse infrastructure. And as digital shopping grows, so too will the need for warehouse space. In early June, investment management group Blackstone Group LP provided a clear signal that growth is expected to continue strongly in this space. The company purchased 179 million square feet of urban logistics properties for $18.7 billion.

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Topics: Internet of Things, eCommerce, Automation, IoT

Cyber security: Is your company at risk?

Posted by Danyella Waddell on Apr 22, 2019 3:57:36 PM

Cyber attacks have become an ever-increasing threat as today’s security landscape has changed due to digitization and inter connectivity.  The increasing adoption of cloud computing and cloud storage services has instigated a massive transfer of data to this environment.  Third party logistics (3PLs) services are no different – we’re all cloud users with the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Topics: Continuous improvement, Cyber Security

Super Bowl 53: What's on Your Plate?

Posted by Danyella Waddell on Jan 31, 2019 4:38:20 PM

 

It’s that time of year again when football fans huddle in front of the television, frequent the nearest bar or attend the latest gathering to tune into one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. Super Bowl 53 is upon us and according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, over 190 million Americans are planning to watch the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy.

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What impact do rising temperatures have on your supply chain and what are 3PLs doing to support your business?

Posted by Danyella Waddell on Nov 8, 2018 1:35:00 PM

 

In early October 2018, a landmark report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its findings outlining the impacts of global warming and the potentially devastating effects on livestock and water resources. The IPCC has urged we limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, warning against escalated temperatures of even half a degree, which would significantly worsen the risks of extreme heat, drought, and floods.

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Topics: Sustainablity