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“With fuel prices continuing to rise, this new rail intermodal service option from Central Washington to Chicago has given our company an efficient and reliable new alternative to transport our products to the Midwest,” says Scott Marboe, director of marketing of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, WA.

In addition, receivers in the Midwest are giving the expedited refrigerated intermodal service positive reviews.

“Like many companies, we have been looking for transportation options that are economical and more environmentally sustainable,” explains Carl Swartz, perishables transportation, The Kroger Co., Cincinnati. “The Cold Train has provided us a great new option, with a carbon footprint that’s 50 perishable less than an over-the-road truck.”

 

Loveland Distributing Co. Inc., a major Miller/Coors distributor in Richmond, VA, is using Intermec and MiT Systems to improve operational efficiency by more than 90 percent in its warehouse and distribution processes. Loveland has been able to reduce warehouse worker downtime and bolster route sales rep productivity by using the Intermec CN3 rugged mobile computer with MiTEzSales Mobile for Pre-Sales, and the hosted, cloud computing MiT EzWebRouter software.

Phoenix-based Swift Transportation has extended its Fuel Management System (FMS) software and services contract with FuelQuest Inc., for an additional five years. FMS streamlines Swift’s fuel operations by providing just-in-time inventory management with demand forecasting and optimized order and dispatch management.

Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, CA, has renewed its subscription to DemandTec Inc.’s Deal Management software service. Using an automated workflow spanning the entire deal process, Save Mart boosts efficiency by eliminating manual processes and cutting the deal cycle time with suppliers, electronically sharing key information to maximize trade fund availability, and accelerating the reconciliation and audit process with an electronic document archive.

The Vitamin Shoppe, North Bergen, NJ, has signed a multi-year contract with Weber Distribution to warehouse and distribute many of its top volume items throughout the Western United States. Weber currently handles weekly shipments of vitamins and nutritional supplements to replenish approximately 100 Vitamin Shoppe stores located throughout the entire Western region including Hawaii.

Providence, RI-based United Natural Foods Inc. is the first organization to install the Raymond Corp.’s hydrogen fuel cell-compatible orderpicker, which features a 21-inch battery box to easily accommodate a hydrogen fuel cell. The orderpickers are part of an initiative to transform its Sarasota, FL, distribution facility lift truck fleet to hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks.

Greeley, CO-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has resumed export shipments to Russia after the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized certificates that must accompany the shipments. Pilgrim’s has four Russia-approved processing plants that are currently packing product for Russia. In July, Russian officials signed a formal poultry agreement outlining new processing requirements for domestic chicken that is exported to Russia.

Washington-based International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses has published the IARW Warehouse Administration Manual to serve as a guide to the management and administrative side of the refrigerated warehouse business. Chapters address topics such as finance and accounting; human resources; warehouse law, liability, insurance and risk management; information systems; and safety management.

Target Corp., Minneapolis, has selected DemandTec Shopper Insights to complete its planned deployment of DemandTec’s entire nextGEN solution suite. Target deploys DemandTec solutions to help make more localized merchandising and marketing decisions that improve the relevance and value of Target’s offerings for its customers.

Congelados Del Valle Installs Second AS/RS

Two years ago, the newly renamed Congelados del Valle celebrated the grand opening of its frozen produce automated warehouse near Leon, Mexico. Repeating the original project, Congelados again contracted Westfalia Technologies Inc. to design, manufacture and install an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and Savanna.NET Warehouse Management software to maximize logistical efficiencies. Both these freezer warehouses process fresh produce, and then quickly freezes it in a -20 F storage area.

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