Food On The Move

Logistics trends in our industry.

“When you’re shipping temperature-sensitive goods, every second counts. Shippers of perishables need a reliable and committed cold-chain logistics partner who has industry leading specialized equipment and experience,” said Crowley’s Nelly Yunta, vice president, sales, marketing and customer care.


Foodservice Distributor Deploys topVox’s Lydia

Hawaiian foodservice distributor Suisan recently deployed topVOX’s Lydia solution for its 53,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse in Hilo, Hawaii.

“We were looking for a solution to help us increase pick productivity and I believed that voice would be the most cost-effective solution,” says Paul J. Agamata, Suisan’s IT director. “I also liked the idea of hands-free picking—I knew it would create a safer work environment.”

Within the first two months of implementation, the company had a 30 percent increase in fulfillment accuracy along with a 20 percent increase in picks per hour.

The topVOX Lydia solution is speaker independent, so it wasn’t necessary for employees to create a voice template to use the system. This allowed workers to utilize the solution at a much quicker rate.

“This project has been hugely successful for us and there’s been no downside to what we’ve done,” notes Agamata. “This is just the beginning of another transformation for Suisan. And we couldn’t have achieved these results without the topVOX team.”


Chilean Berry Exporter Picks Port of Savannah

A major Chilean exporter of fresh blueberries, Giumarra International Berry, has picked Georgia’s Port of Savannah for its U.S. gateway to serve Atlanta and other markets in the region.

“We’re excited to enter this new partnership with Giumarra International Berry, which highlights the Georgia Ports Authority’s commitment to the refrigerated cargo market,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Because of our direct Interstate access, as well as having two Class I rail services on our facility, we can serve the Atlanta and Southeast regions more efficiently by importing this fresh produce directly through the Port of Savannah.”

Shipments of conventional and organic blueberries will arrive at the Port through late March or early April. Giumarra International Berry maintains a packing plant in Alma, Georgia, which can pack bulk produce into pack sizes based on customer demand.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, blueberry imports from Mexico and the Southern Hemisphere are rising fast and are considered one of the hottest categories in fresh produce. Chilean blueberry imports have increased $128 million—or nearly two-and-a-half times—in the past four years.


Fleet Telematics Growing in BRIC Economies

The BRIC economies—Brazil, Russia, India and China—are among the top markets for future growth in fleet telematics, according to a report by Telematics Update. Although North America reigns as the leading global telematics market, developing countries, such as the BRIC economies, hold plenty of potential.

Part of the appeal of the BRIC countries for telematics providers is that the current market penetration remains incredibly low. “In terms of fleet telematics, the BRIC countries are very far behind,” says Michael Sena, president of Michael L. Sena Consulting, which works principally with vehicle OEMs on navigation and service infrastructure solutions.

But the shipping sector in these countries is growing, and that means opportunity for anyone that can provide affordable telematics solutions.

In Brazil, the attraction for telematics is due to that country’s high rates of cargo theft. For example, Ituran, one tracking and asset recovery company operating in Brazil, has recovered more than 18,000 vehicles in that country in the last ten years.

Nonetheless, the primary obstacle for the telematics industry in BRIC countries, not surprisingly, is cost. “The dynamics of fleet telematics are very much related to the affordability of systems,” explains Sena. “If you look at who is actually running the fleets, outside of North America, many are owned by individual business owners. So the size of the fleets is very small, which means that the return on investment has to be obvious and has to be quick.”


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