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Food and Beverage

The ELD Mandate and Fresh Produce Logistics: What Shippers Need to Know

Last December, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect for the broader carrier community, marking a change in how professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers log hours of service (HOS). The federal ELD mandate, which states that fleets previously using paper logbooks needed to equip their trucks with ELDs, went into full enforcement—which includes issuing non-compliant drivers with out-of-service citations—on April 1, 2018, with the exception of a limited 90-day waiver for the transportation of agricultural commodities that remains in effect until June 18. » Read More

Digging into Fresh Food Supply Chains: Trends, Challenges, and Best Practices

Digging into Fresh Food Supply Chains: Trends, Challenges, and Best Practices | Transportfolio

When I head into a store or restaurant, I can’t help but think about all of the behind-the-scenes work it took to get the products I use every day onto the shelves or plate in front of me. Accessibility to the items we consume is the result of the complex processes of the fresh food supply chain—safely, efficiently moving product from fields to shelves—all orchestrated by supply chain professionals around the world.
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The Benefits and Best Practices of Grocery Direct Store Delivery

Direct Store Delivery

Not having certain products delivered to your store in time for key sales windows can be a major blow to your bottom line. Not only do you miss out on large numbers of sales, but you also disappoint customers and cause them to find what they need at a competitor’s store instead.

Thus, you work hard to avoid this situation and probably put a lot of energy into inventory forecasts and designing your supply chain accordingly. However, whether your plan is highly detailed or a one size fits all approach, it’s critical to consider how unique products and transportation requirements could cause hiccups in your supply chain.

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Should You Use Perishable Consolidation?

Convergence of Modern TradeWhat is perishable consolidation? It’s a method where a consolidator combines individual less than truckload (LTL) shipments that contain perishable goods into one full container shipment. When the full container shipment reaches the store, individual shipments are then deconsolidated into their original LTL shipments

Perishable consolidation may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to transporting highly perishable and dated commodities. In fact, most people don’t even realize such a service exists. But it does. This type of transportation exists to benefit just-in-time products or programs, from regional produce distribution to a national juice program. But how do you know if this service is right for your needs? Ask yourself four questions. » Read More

Balancing Technology and Process to Maintain Your Cold Chain

Cold Chain

Maintaining a cold chain is a science, especially in today’s global market. There are numerous factors that must be considered at all times to secure the integrity of the temperature sensitive products being transported. Successful cold chains require planning, communication, and the right technology at every step of the journey. » Read More

Fourth of July: Logistics Fun Facts

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Editor’s Note: On July 2, Mike Otto contributed a blog post for The Road®. We’re sharing his original post here because it is a timely topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Fourth of July: Logistics Fun Facts.

Whether the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776, or August 2, 1776, as some believe, our nation officially celebrates our independence from Great Britain on July 4. This year’s Fourth of July falls on a Friday. Many of us will celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and of course, food.

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Holiday Inventory & Demand Planning for Fresh Produce

Holiday fresh produce

Holidays are a time when people enjoy coming together with family and friends to share a festive meal that is often filled with a variety of fresh produce. As a busy mom of two young children, it is important that I can purchase every produce item on my holiday shopping list with the peace of mind that it has the freshness and quality to last in my fridge at least three to four days. » Read More