Introducing E-logs: Find out what this innovative technology means for your cross-border business

Posted by VersaCold on Apr 27, 2017 2:42:55 PM

Technology is at the heart of everything we do in the supply chain industry and is the key to enhancing, differentiating and adding value to our customers’ supply chain. As part of VersaCold’s mission to provide innovative and integrated solutions to support our clients’ current and future needs, we are pleased to announce the introduction of E-logs to the entire VersaCold fleet. What are E-logs and why do they matter for your company? Read more to find out how E-logs have transformed the supply chain industry.

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Topics: VersaCold, Transportation

Find out why VersaCold is ranked 29th by Today’s Trucking top 100 list

Posted by VersaCold on Apr 21, 2017 2:10:17 PM

We are proud to announce that VersaCold has been ranked 29th by Today’s Trucking “Top 100 Canada’s biggest for-hire carriers” list.

Started in 1987, Today’s Trucking is the premier business magazine and information resource for the Canadian trucking industry. The top 100 list is the annual tally of the nation’s top for-hire fleets in Canada, and it offers a by-the-numbers look at which companies are improving capacity and which are contracting in the market. 2017 marks the first year that VersaCold has made the top 100 list, coming in with a total of 32 trucks, 675 tractors, 985 trailers and 810 0/0s. These numbers show a significant amount of growth over the years and are the result of several strategic initatives.

This jump into the top 100 list caps off a year of significant growth for VersaCold with the key acquisitions of CPX and Gary Heer, as well as the increase of LCV offerings. Click here to read more about the growth VersaCold has undertaken throughout the past year.

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Topics: VersaCold, Transportation

The A to Z of Cold Chain – Part 2

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 30, 2017 3:38:55 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: 

Why Is SmartWay Certification Important to Our Customers?

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

Select Ready Foods Case Study

http://blog.versacold.com/select-ready-foods-case-study


This week’s entry will start where Part 1 left off and define important cold chain terms starting with the letters H to O.

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Topics: Cold Chain

VersaCold Safety Tips: Top 3 Causes of Forklift Accidents

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 24, 2017 10:56:52 AM

The forklift is an indispensable piece of equipment for any warehousing operation, while also representing a costly investment as a result of initial capital expenditure and maintenance costs. Forklifts can also be a liability due to the potential risk of significant amounts of damage to the facility, customer product, and even other employees from their use. That is why employee training on proper use and awareness of potential hazards are so important in maintaining a safe workplace when operating a forklift.


Quick Tips

Tip #1

No matter how experienced an individual is at operating a forklift, it’s important that every operator maintain a healthy respect for the destructive capabilities of the equipment and is held to a high standard when it comes to its safe use.

Tip #2

Keep all warehouse aisles and passageways wide enough to allow for the safe movement of pedestrians and machinery.


All accidents are avoidable, here are three common causes associated with forklift accidents that you should be aware of before operating the equipment. 

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Topics: Safety Tips

The A to Z of Cold Chain – Part 1

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 16, 2017 1:55:27 PM

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


Check Out These Other Interesting Articles

How are LCVs Transforming VersaCold’s Transportation Network?

http://blog.versacold.com/lcvs-transforming-versacolds-transportation-network

 

Schooten & Sons Case Study

http://blog.versacold.com/schooten-sons-case-study


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Topics: VersaCold

Ladder Safety: Are you making these four common mistakes?

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 9, 2017 1:58:54 PM

Safety in the workplace is something we take very seriously at VersaCold, especially when working from heights, where accidents caused by hazards can be much more dangerous. The potential dangers of operating a ladder can range from falling off the ladder, being struck by the ladder or even tripping over the ladder. No matter how you slice it, ladder-related accidents are very common yet entirely preventable. However, just like most things when it comes to safety in the workplace, prevention of accidents is dependent on workers recognizing hazardous conditions and taking preventative steps to avoid them.

Quick Tips 

Tip #1

Check a painted wooden ladder extra carefully for defects and signs of damage before use because paint could be hiding a potentially dangerous hazard that might not be clear at first glance. 

Tip #2

Never attempt to reach for something while on a ladder. It’s always safer to get off the ladder, move it and then climb back up.


To help you avoid these potential hazards, we have outlined four mistakes commonly made when operating a ladder and how you can avoid making them. For more workplace safety tips, check out Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Safety: Are You Following These Best Practices? and 6 Proven Safety Tips That Prevent Slips and Falls.

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Topics: Safety Tips

Select Ready Foods Case Study

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 2, 2017 11:24:16 AM

VersaCold warehousing services provide each client with customized solutions that are designed to fit the unique needs of their temperature sensitive products. This week, we will explore our unique partnership with Select Ready Foods, a provider of high-quality beef, pork and chicken products to foodservice industries and families all across Canada. When Select Ready Foods was looking to improve their supply chain processes, they came to VersaCold seeking a warehousing solution for their temperature sensitive products that fit their current business needs and future growth plans.

Why was VersaCold’s customized warehousing solution the right fit for Select Ready Foods? Read more to find out.

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Topics: Case Study

Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Safety: Are you following these best practices?

Posted by VersaCold on Feb 22, 2017 2:02:19 PM

In the supply chain and logistics world, the responsible use of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is integral to the safety of any successful supply chain operation. The term MHE encompasses a wide variety of equipment involved in the transporting, controlling, storing, protecting and enumerating of products at any step in the supply chain. Given the important role of this equipment to daily operations, it is essential to properly train MHE operators on how to safely connect and disconnect a battery during a battery change. Proper training is key to ensuring that employees don’t use unsafe  methods for disconnecting an MHE battery, such as repetitively pulling on the cables to dislodge the connector. Failure to do so can lead to electrocution of a team member or even a fire due to the interaction of hydrogen gas and sparks from exposed wires.


Quick Tips

Tip #1:

Disconnect the battery by holding the connecting handle to dislodge the connector. Do not pull the battery cable.

Tip #2:

When changing a battery, ensure the battery cable is properly tucked in to avoid damage.


To protect against these potential hazards and work towards the goal of zero accidents in the workplace, VersaCold requires the following best practices when connecting and disconnecting an MHE battery during a battery change.  

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Topics: Safety Tips

How are LCVs Transforming VersaCold’s Transportation Network?

Posted by VersaCold on Feb 3, 2017 1:32:55 PM

As of June 2015, VersaCold has begun incorporating long combination vehicles (LCVs) into its national transportation network. This move towards LCVs is part of a key initiative to reduce the overall impact of the VersaCold fleet on the environment and move towards lowering the overall fuel consumption of transportation operations. Today, VersaCold LCVs are operating over 100,000 miles a month, and they provide significant benefits to their valued customers.

What are LCVs? What are their benefits? Read more to find out how long combination vehicles will transform the VersaCold transportation fleet, and what that means for clients going forward.

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Topics: LCVs

Schooten & Sons Case Study

Posted by VersaCold on Jan 26, 2017 2:31:27 PM

VersaCold provides more than services; we offer completely integrated and customized solutions. This week we are taking a look at our successful partnership with Schooten & Sons Custom Feedyard Ltd., a family owned operation that has been in the cattle feeding and farming business for 40 years. The company operates a 45,000 head custom feed yard that specializes in finishing calves utilizing the latest technology and industry innovations as part of its custom feedyard operations.

Why did Schooten & Sons Custom Feedyard Ltd. turn to VersaCold to provide fourth party logistics (4PL) to manage its supply chain? Read more to find out.

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Topics: VersaCold, Case Study