» Huhtamaki Inc., De Soto, KS, has deployed Logility Inc.’s Logility Voyager Solutions to manage the company’s forecasting, inventory and supply chain processes across North America.

» Edible Arrangements, Wallingford, CT, developed an innovative way to refrigerate its fresh fruit arrangements during delivery using customized vans with all-electric cooling from Thermo King. The company anticipates diesel fuel savings of 27 percent over traditional vans.

» Yonkers, NY-based Schiff Nutrition International will ship its complete line of vitamins and supplements primarily on PECO’s pallets to club stores and retailers throughout North America.

» McCain Foods USA of Toronto, ON, announced that Cryo-Trans Inc. (CTI) will take over the management of its private fleet of refrigerated boxcars using CTI’s Rail Management Program. Implementing the two-way GPS capabilities will create efficient fleet operations and expedited railcar movements.

» QuikTrip, the Tulsa, OK-based gas station chain, announced it will use Kenworth T370s to deliver fresh food from its kitchen commissary in Tolleson, AZ, to more than 75 convenience stores and gas stations in metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson.

» Following a $15 million dollar renovation, Meridian Cold Storage, Sarasota, FL, upgraded its warehouse management software to Datex Corp.’s Datex FootPrint to save time and money when managing inventory and operations.

» GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, Lemoyne, PA, implemented the Sky-Trax Total-TraxSolution in its 200,000-square-foot dry foods distribution center. The system simplifies the receiving and retrieving processes for its 20 inbound and 20 outbound truckloads of product each day.

» Crowley Maritime Corp., Syracuse, NY, is converting nearly a quarter of its refrigerated container fleet to energy-efficient Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE units. The 355 40-foot high-cube reefer containers will reduce power consumption, emissions and environmental impact.

» Mechanicsburg, PA-based NAPA Transportation has signed an agreement to roll out XATANET to its entire 220-vehicle for-hire fleet, making it easy for the company to comply with CSA 2010 and associated regulations.
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» S. Martinelli & Co., the award-winning apple juice and sparkling cider company, has extended its partnership with CHEP. Switching from limited-use, non-pooled pallets provides a consistent, high-quality and environmentally sustainable shipping platform.

» Preferred Freezer Services, Houston, continues its growth trend by expanding into the metropolitan area of Houston. This facility marks the company’s 27th location including the company’s Houston Port location.

» Chiquita, based in New Hartford, NY, has selected PAR Logistics Management Systems (PAR LMS) to provide real-time product monitoring and control for their private fleet of refrigerated trailers. PAR’s solution will provide real-time product temperature monitoring on a continual basis during transit and provide immediate alerts to Chiquita’s fleet operations of any variances in the product temperature.

» Drawingboard
Great Dane Trailers, Savannah, GA, broke ground at its refrigerated trailer manufacturing plant in Statesboro, GA. The 450,000-square-foot facility will have the capacity to produce more than 5,000 trailers annually....VersaCold Logistics, Dominguez Hills, CA, opened a distribution center at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, WA. The 196,600-square-foot energy efficient refrigerated warehouse serves one of the largest retailers in the area, Grocery Outlet.

» Jake’s Finer Foods Wins The Golden
Jake’s Finer Foods, a food-line distributor based in Houston, was presented with the Food Logistics’ Golden Pallet Award at the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s recent Annual Distribution Solutions Conference in Tampa. The Golden Pallets recognize food companies that have achieved excellence in warehousing. Jake’s won in the Large DC category. Accepting the award, from left: Leonard Bench, CEO and president; Michael Bench, CFO; Randy Sanders, transportation manager; Tony Anthony, operations manager; and Armand Page, vice president of operations and technology.