» WFLO, FrigiPak Explore Cold Chain In Pakistan
The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) and FrigiPak Pakistan have entered a joint effort called the Pakistan Cold Chain Assessment to evaluate the feasibility of developing a sustainable cold chain in Pakistan.
The partners have received a $392,328 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support the project.
The Pakistan Cold Chain Assessment will focus on issues of cold storage infrastructure, technological availability, post-harvest capabilities, and economic strengths and weakness.
This assessment will also identify locations for potential investment and positive fiscal returns in the cold chain. The effort will begin with a desktop review of past and current projects in Pakistan, followed by an intensive in-country assessment of five geographic locations.
The assessment will examine the existing cold chain in Pakistan, including technical assistance and commercial development needed to improve post-harvest handling. The findings and conclusions of the assessment will be documented in a final report, which will include recommendations on needs for technical assistance as well as opportunities for future investment.
» ATA Commits To Improving Trucking Safety Record
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) told a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that the trucking industry is now the safest it has ever been, but there is still room for improvement.
“Improving motor carrier and highway safety is about understanding the behaviors that cause crashes and addressing the factors that raise crash risk,” says Dave Osiecki, ATA senior vice president, during the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing on Oversight of Motor Carrier Safety Efforts. “Future programs and government-issued rules will only succeed to the degree that they address crash risk and causation.”
Osiecki says ATA shares FMCSA’s goals for its CSA 2010 initiative, but offered three recommendations to help better target carriers most in need of intervention:
- Make crash accountability or “causation” determinations on truck-involved crashes before entering them into a carrier’s profile.
- Use vehicle miles traveled, not number of trucks, as a carrier’s exposure measure.
- Focus on using actual citations and not unadjusted “warnings” from law enforcement.
ATA supports the current HOS rules, but suggested modifying the sleeper berth rule to allow for limited flexibility to encourage greater use of circadian friendly naps, which promote safety and driver health. Extensive federal safety data shows that trucking industry safety performance has improved substantially since the current HOS rules took effect in 2004.
The number of truck-involved crash injuries per 100 million miles has dropped 25 percent and the truck-involved fatality rate has dropped 22 percent. The fatal crash rate has dropped 66 percent since the DOT began keeping those records in 1975, and is now at an historical low.
Osiecki also told the subcommittee that FMCSA should require new carriers to complete a safety training class, including an exam, before commencing operation. The initial safety audit conducted by FMCSA should also take place within 6 months of start-up, rather than 18 months, as is required now.
“FMCSA should not just focus on regulations,” says Osiecki. “It should develop tools and resources that foster safety. Government, working with industry, can facilitate a more effective approach by providing safety management tools, like a drug and alcohol test results clearinghouse.
» Dunkin’ Donuts Enters Russian, Ukraine Markets
With its first restaurant opening in Moscow on May 11, Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, MA, plans to expand throughout Russia and Ukraine over the next several years.
Donuts Project LLC, its franchise partner in Russia, is set to open between 10 and 20 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Moscow and the Moscow region in 2010.