Nigeria’s Apapa Container Terminal to Use GPS System
APM’s Apapa Container Terminals, the largest container terminal operator in West Africa, has introduced a GPS container location system that provides 99.5 percent accuracy for spotting containers in the terminal. According to Longshore & Shipping News, the GPS system is the “first of its kind in the world, [and will] aid multi-level container inspection facility for physical examination of containers by Custom operatives.”
The managing director of Apapa Container Terminals, Dallas Hampton, added that, “The GPS system will also enable the use of further technologies such as NAVIS Prime Route and Expert Decking, which are advanced real time IT systems that can improve terminal yard efficiency. These systems combined will enable the terminal to have pedestrian-free yards and provide truck service times for delivery in less than 45 minutes on average.”
Nigeria is unique because up to 70 percent of containers require Customs’ inspection in the terminal, while most other countries typically inspect less than 10 percent.
U.S. Senators Aim to Reverse Railroads’ Antitrust Exemption
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the new chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, along with Sen. David Vitter, (R-LA), have introduced legislation that would strip railroads of their exemption from antitrust laws. The lawmakers claim the policy has led to higher costs for agricultural and other goods.
“This legislation makes commonsense reforms that will require the railroad industry play by the same antitrust rules as other industries and will help keep costs down for businesses, farmers and consumers,” said Sen. Vitter is a statement.
Railroads say antitrust exemption is necessary for their survival. However, rail shippers, especially power companies that use coal, argue that rates for rail transportation have risen sharply.
UNFI Plans New DC in New York, Rich Products Expands in Georgia
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) announced plans to build a 525,000 square-foot distribution center in New York’s Hudson Valley, which will be the second-largest facility in the company’s network and the first in the state once it’s completed next year.
The company is investing $55 million and will receive another $3.6 million in job creation tax credits through New York’s economic development agency. UNFI distributes natural, organic and specialty foods.
Meanwhile, Rich Products is expanding its Waycross, GA food manufacturing facility by 40 percent and adding 55 new jobs. The plant primarily makes dough-enrobed appetizers and snacks, such as mozzarella bites and mini stuffed-pizza slices, for the company’s foodservice division and its Farm Rich consumer brand.
Rich Products maintains 36 manufacturing locations on six continents, including 19 plants in the U.S.
Study: The Prettier the Wrapper, the Better the Taste
Professors Charles Spence, Betina Piquer-as-Fiszman and Carlos Velasco studied 48 individuals from Colombia and the UK to see how color and packaging on chip bags played a role in how individuals perceived taste.
The result, according to the study, was that the visual design on the packet generally dictated how a person perceived the flavor of the chip.
Furthermore, the same color can be associated with different tastes depending upon the culture. For instance, the color green in Colombia represents lemon. In the UK, though, a lemon taste is depicted with the color yellow.
Research shows that understanding color and flavor is key when designing food packaging from a marketing perspective.