Congratulations to the Top 100 3PLs, our annual listing of the leading third-party logistics and cold storage providers to the food industry. Now in its sixth year, the list has grown to 100 companies—by adding a number of cold storage providers to the mix. These companies are helping food and beverage manufacturers and distributors reduce costs, increase flexibility and improve service levels in their warehousing and transportation operations.
In “Follow the Leaders” [page 29], we highlight the types of services the Top 100 3PLs offer to better manage your supply chain. Our editorial team selected these companies based on the information they supplied on their submission forms, as well as through research and industry expert and reader input. All 3PLs provided a confidential food customer reference list, which helped us in the evaluation process.
If you’re searching for a new 3PL or cold storage provider, check out our listing. We’ve included background information on each company, including the types of services they provide, area served and their web address.
And if you’re working with a 3PL that’s not on the list—and should be—let us know. We’re always looking for qualified companies to make our list as complete as possible.
Looking for other ways to reduce costs and increase supply chain efficiency? Maybe intermodal transportation is the way to go. The total number of trailers and containers shipped via intermodal rail has increased by nearly 33 percent over the past 10 years, which has spurred service providers to invest in rail infrastructure and associated technology. Rail cars have been re-designed, refrigerated and enlarged for the handling of bigger loads—especially those of fresh fruit, vegetables and other perishable products.
Find out how you can benefit from intermodal transportation in “Intermodal Rides Into the Future” [page 18], in which we compare over-the-road truck and intermodal shipping. In addition to improved fuel economy, intermodal is better prepared to handling surges in demand and, due to the general public not having easy access to rail years, offers increased security—a huge concern for many food and consumer packaged goods manufacturers and distributors.
Change Is In The Air...
In order to fulfill our mission to deliver the best in-depth industry coverage possible,
FoodLogistics.com has gone through a major overhaul—featuring more web-exclusive content, product information and enhanced multimedia features—tailored to the needs of our individual readers. Please check out the redesigned website and let us know what you think—we value your opinion.
Helping us to produce content for our updated website is Maria Hoffman, who has joined the staff of Food Logistics as assistant editor. A recent graduate of Long Island University’s C.W. Post, Maria is writing features and news stories for the magazine and edits our e-newsletters. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.