VersaCold recognized as a top green supply chain partner in 2017 by Inbound Logistics

Posted by VersaCold on Jul 12, 2017 2:04:29 PM

VersaCold is proud to announce that we have been named one of Inbound Logistics’ 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) this year.  The list profiles organizations that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to “sustainable supply chain, logistics and transportation practices.” Recognition such as this reinforces VersaCold’s commitment to providing sustainable solutions to our customers and being their trusted partner in building a more sustainable planet.

The G75 list is chosen by Inbound Logistics editors based on several categories such as a company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, public-private partnerships and collaborations on customer-driven projects. These categories are measured against four benchmarks of measurable green results, evidence of continuous improvement, sustainability innovations and industry recognition.

We look forward to continuing to lead by example while making progress toward our goals of protecting the environment and reducing our impact on resources.


Learn more about VersaCold green initiatives

Learn Why VersaCold Chooses Bullfrog Power to Fuel Our Vancouver Corporate Office

http://blog.versacold.com/learn-why-versacold-choses-bullfrog-power-to-fuel-our-vancouver-hq

 

Why is SmartWay Certification Important to Our Customers?

http://blog.versacold.com/why-is-smartway-certification-important-to-our-customers


Please click here to see the full list of G75 companies and continue reading to learn more about why Inbound Logistics considers VersaCold a Green Supply Chain Partner.

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VersaCold by the numbers

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 29, 2017 3:12:53 PM

Knowing that a picture can say a thousand words, this week we have decided to take an infographic approach to illustrate the numbers that go into making VersaCold Canada’s largest end-to-end supply chain company focused exclusively on the handling of temperature sensitive products.

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Summer Safety Series: A must-read food-handling guide for your next summer cookout

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 23, 2017 10:21:18 AM

Barbequing is something many Canadians love to partake in, and this is particularly the case when the sun is out and the warm weather calls our name. Predictably, cooking outdoors in warm weather can present food safety challenges when it comes to handling and preparing items that have been away from the fridge for a prolonged period. As with any cooking, it’s important to follow simple food handling guidelines at your next cookout to prevent food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses. 


Quick Tips

Tip #1:

The colour of meat is not a reliable indicator that meat is safe for eating. It’s possible for meat to change to a colour associated with doneness before all harmful bacteria has been removed, which makes using a digital thermometer key to any BBQ experience.

 

Tip #2:

Always marinate meat in the refrigerator in a sealed container and be sure to store it in a spot that will not contaminate other products in your fridge. Never marinate on the counter.


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Learn how ePower helps our customers get their product to market on time, every time, with the push of a button

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 15, 2017 12:10:36 PM

In the fast-paced world of supply chain management, it’s vital to have the right warehouse management system in place that can both keep up with the demands of the market and be easily accessed by customers so that they can ensure their product can go from pallet to shelf to their customers’ hands with ease. At VersaCold, our advanced warehouse management system does just that and more by providing our customers with greater visibility into their product and access to their data through our proprietary ePower system – giving customers valuable, up-to-the-minute insights at their disposal.

Providing real-time data and visibility into your inventory, and allowing you to run reports, order product, and more, all at the push of a button – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – ePower makes it easier to run your business and serve your valued clients.

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Summer Safety Series: Tips to help prevent food-borne illness during the summer months

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 8, 2017 4:00:00 PM

In the cold supply chain industry, it’s a well-known fact that the biggest threat to the quality and safety of food occurs when the food leaves the store in the hands of the customer. If not properly stored and looked after, food quality can degrade quickly – starting in the car on the way home. These risks increase tenfold during the summer, as the risk of food poisoning increases with warm, moist conditions.


Quick Tips

Tip #1:

Make sure to keep the temperature inside your cooler below 4 degrees C during the summer. Don’t keep your food at room temperature for longer than an hour.

Tip #2:

Store your meats and fish at the bottom of your cooler to keep juices from dripping onto other foods to avoid spreading harmful bacteria.


To help combat this challenging time of the year for food safety, we have compiled a list of summer food safety tips that can help keep you and your loved ones safe from food poisoning as you enjoy activities such as camping, BBQs, and picnics.

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Summer Safety Series: Top 6 VersaCold Safety Tips Articles

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 2, 2017 7:30:00 AM

At VersaCold, we work hard to ensure safety is a top priority in all aspects of our business. We pride ourselves on our culture of working hard to prevent accidents, and we are committed to maintaining a hazard-free workplace that ensures the safety of both our employees and our visitors.

We believe that an important part of maintaining a “safety first” culture is sharing advice and tips on how to stay safe both inside and outside the workplace. We share these tips at the beginning of every meeting and have been sharing them periodically online through the VersaCold blog.

We are continuing that tradition with our Summer Safety Series. This week, we have rounded up our “Top 6 VersaCold Safety Tips Articles” from the past year that cover a variety of topics from forklift safety to lifting advice. Let us know what you think in the comments below and please share with us any safety tips you may have.

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Summer Safety Series: Tips on How to Beat Extreme Heat

Posted by VersaCold on May 25, 2017 11:09:53 PM

Summer is nearly here and with it comes the occasional stretch of extreme heat. The dangers caused by hot weather are something we face every year in the cold chain business and we have acquired a lot of useful tips and information over the years on how to stay cool and safe in the warmer months. To kick off our Summer Safety series, we share our tips on how to beat extreme heat below.


Quick Tips

Tip #1:

If you notice a person who is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke, you should cool that person as rapidly as possible by applying any available water on their skin. Cold baths and showers, while typically unpleasant, may go a long way in preventing serious heat-related injury. Immediately call Emergency Medical Services.

Tip #2:

Older adults, children younger than the age of 2, and people with weakened immune systems are especially at high risk for heat-related illness and need monitoring during times of extreme heat.


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The A to Z of Cold Chain – Part 3

Posted by VersaCold on May 19, 2017 1:04:50 PM

Like any industry, the cold chain logistics world has its own unique language that sometimes needs additional explanation for people outside the industry. To help you understand some complex terms that are specific to the industry, VersaCold has put together a list of commonly used terms and definitions as defined by trusted industry sites.


Check out these other interesting articles: 
The A to Z of Cold Chain – Part 1
http://blog.versacold.com/the-a-to-z-of-cold-chain-part-1

The A to Z of Cold Chain – Part 2

http://blog.versacold.com/the-a-to-z-of-cold-chain-part-2


This week’s entry will start where Part 2 left off and define important cold chain terms starting with the letters P to Z.

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How does BRC compliance affect the VersaCold customer?

Posted by VersaCold on May 10, 2017 3:51:49 PM

In the cold chain logistics world, being properly certified is important to both customers and the provider. Not having the right certifications can force customers to carry out costly second party audits with funds that could be better spent within their own company. That is why VersaCold goes above and beyond to provide certifications such as the BRC (British Retaill Consortium) Global Standards for Storage and Distribution, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized scheme. GFSI is a not-for-profit organization that benchmarks food safety standards around the globe and gives recognition to standards that meet certain agreed upon requirements.

BRC certification gives customers confidence that facilities are operating at a global standard that is concerned with both food safety and food quality. VersaCold is proud to have six of their facilities BRC certified and is projected to have all facilities certified by 2018, with twelve more facilities being added this year. 

What exactly is a BRC certification and why does it matter to VersaCold customers? Read more to find out.

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What is the Food Safety Modernization Act and how does it affect VersaCold customers?

Posted by VersaCold on May 5, 2017 10:50:22 AM

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, by President Barak Obama and represents the most widespread and sweeping reform to American food safety laws in the last 70 years. The FDA website explains that the FSMA “gives the FDA new mandates, authorities, and oversight tools aimed at providing solid assurances that those practices are being carried out by the food industry on a consistent, on-going basis.”

So what exactly is the FSMA and why does it matter to VersaCold clients? Read more to find out how the law could affect your business and what VersaCold is doing to ensure compliance for its customers.

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