Ten Companies To Watch

Food Logistics' annual salute to food and beverage companies that are using innovative solutions to address logistical challenges.


In addition, the cascade system eliminates the OSHA PSM (Process Safety Management) requirements of ammonia refrigerant while still maintaining efficiencies.

“The system is much safer than ammonia and yet has tremendous capacity,” says Gannon. “We’re refrigerating north of 200,000 square feet today, with the capacity to refrigerate more space if needed.”

USF’s commitment is to be “your partner behind the plate” and the company certainly lives up to its motto. “USF decided at the start of this recession that the best strategy for our customers and associates would be to invest in the long-term success of our Perth Amboy, NJ, operations,” says Gannon. “with this strategy, we’ve been able to invest in and grow our workforce, and also provide our customers with quality products and valuable services that are important to winning in a challenging economy.”

9.CaseStack sees opportunity for growth in the economic storm - SANTA MONICA, CA - A provider of outsourced logistics services.

CaseStack, a third-party logistics provider based in Santa Monica, CA, wanted to narrow the gap in logistics services and costs between small and mid-level companies and their larger competitor-suppliers.

“As the economy struggles to emerge from the recession, the greatest challenge is for businesses to see this as an opportunity for market share growth rather than a storm they need to weather,” says Dan Sanker, the company’s president and CEO.

Sanker advises his own company and clients to take advantage of the downturn by refocusing investments on practices that best serve their customer base and ensure that the core competencies of the business are achieved.

For CaseStack, this requires an emphasis on maintaining a dependable supply chain and ensuring that customers overcome the challenges of maintaining inventory and distribution levels in the face of reduced economic resources. With this in mind, Sanker sets two core objectives for CaseStack and its customers: reduce the impact on the environment and increase supply chain efficiency.

To achieve these two traditionally unrelated goals, CaseStack set to redefine the conventional approach to sustainability. By focusing on growing and promoting less-than-truckload (LTL) and retailer consolidation programs, CaseStack is able to streamline customers’ ordering and tracking process and develop strategic partnerships with key members of the supply chain.

Built on an inherently sustainable model, CaseStack’s consolidation programs connect suppliers, retailers and carriers and increase efficiency through each step of the supply chain. This collaborative model enables suppliers to realize full truckload pricing by combining their LTL orders with those of other suppliers destined for the same distribution center, thereby reducing the number of trucks on the roads while garnering truckload pricing and improving efficiency for customers.

Diverging from common conceptions of “green,” CaseStack’s approach connects sustainability to efficiency and cost savings, transforming it into a profitable goal for suppliers and retailers alike. As a result, CaseStack customers realize increased efficiency and lower operating costs, enabling customers to invest in growing their business, rather than simply weathering the economic storm.

CaseStack’s One and Five Warehouse Consolidation programs enable clients to dovetail their commitment to improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact into one cost-saving logistics infrastructure. Leveraging strategic retailer and carrier partnerships, CaseStack fulfills “master” retailer purchase orders, consolidating multiple less-than-truckload shipments on one full truck. CaseStack’s customers benefit from full truckload pricing for LTL volume, while retailers enjoy greater order flexibility. Both benefit from a streamlined supply chain and a strengthened relationship.

CaseStack customers routinely experience 20 percent to 60 percent reduced transportation costs, a 98 percent on-time rate, reduced overstocks and out-of-stocks, a 50 percent reduction in damages and contribute significantly reduced carbon emissions. With suppliers enjoying decreased dock congestion, lower out-of-stocks and smaller inventory levels, the benefits are two-fold.

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