More Perishables in the Pipeline

Foodservice providers are under increasing pressure to maintain freshness, improve shelf life, and keep prices down for their customers.


For Cadec Global, a provider of enterprise-class fleet management solutions, the cold chain is one of the most important parts of the company’s business, says CEO Jon Bernstein. The company has a history of providing tools that play an important role in the food supply chain, including electronic driver logs, which Cadec developed with FritoLay in the early 1980s. Today, “there are probably over one million trucks with on-board computers,” says Bernstein.

While on-board computers are common, temperature tracking on trucks is much less ubiquitous, he notes. As more companies look to mitigate risk, though, temperature tracking is starting to become more popular.

“A lot of customers, whether they are a school system, restaurant franchise, or hospital, use private inspectors to monitor the cold chain. Often times, the transportation company is required to produce a report showing that proper temperatures were maintained during transit,” says Bernstein.

With the on-board computer as the core of a truck’s intelligence network, Cadec’s next step is to “connect seamlessly back to the enterprise,” Bernstein explains. “Many companies have large fleets with legacy trucks and they are looking for one system that can interact with all of their adjacent systems. They want a robust, open architecture, and ours is the newest and most open in the industry. Our product is also very configurable, which makes it easier to deliver tailored solutions to the customer.”

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