Year in review: The biggest VersaCold news stories of 2016

Posted by VersaCold on Jan 19, 2017 2:51:16 PM

2016 was a great year for VersaCold in the media, with several big announcements and news stories showcasing why so many businesses consider VersaCold a trusted partner. In case you missed any of these stories, we have taken the opportunity to compile a rundown of our biggest announcements from last year.

If you are interested in reading more VersaCold news and announcements, check out our Media Centre page.

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VersaCold shares the top five articles you may have missed last year

Posted by VersaCold on Jan 12, 2017 11:22:06 AM

With the holidays come and gone, we thought it would be a good time to look back on some of the VersaCold blog articles you may have missed last year. To help you catch up on some interesting reading, we have put together a list of five VersaCold blogs that might have fallen through the cracks during the craziness of the holidays. 

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Why is SmartWay Certification Important to Our Customers?

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 21, 2016 2:01:53 PM

VersaCold is excited to announce that our Transportation Management & 4PL solutions is now SmartWay certified. We are joining more than 3,000 companies across North America that have signed on to reduce fuel use and emissions, improve efficiencies and encourage best practices in their freight supply chains. The SmartWay program provides VersaCold with another tool to demonstrate efficiencies and showcase continuous efforts to improve as we build on best practices. While 4PL is the first of our solutions to become SmartWay certified, it will not be the last as we take steps to certify our other transportation-related solutions.

Haven’t heard of the SmartWay Transportation Partnership? Read more to find out what this certification means for our clients and why we are excited to be offering this added value to our customers.

 

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6 Proven Safety Tips That Prevent Slips and Falls

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 15, 2016 2:44:44 PM

At VersaCold, safety is our top priority. In our place of work, on the road and in our homes, “safety first” is embedded into our performance-driven culture and reflected in everything we do. As part of our commitment to safety, we will be sharing some of our safety tips with you to pass on tried and tested ways to help make your workplace and home life safer.

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It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that slips and falls are a leading cause of injuries in all industries, including ours. A slip or fall can happen unexpectedly due to the slightest loss of traction or an uneven surface going unnoticed. The potential for accidents to occur is only made worse during the winter.

However, given that our core business is working with temperature-sensitive products, warehouses and docks can experience slippery conditions all year round. These conditions require our employees to be extra vigilant and lead us to adapt our own set of safety procedures to guard against workplace accidents.

 


Quick Tips 

Tip #1:

Practice good housekeeping. Ensure that all hallways, floors, and offices are free of debris and clutter.

Tip #2:

Clear debris from floors and keep paths clear of garbage, cords, and clutter that might go unnoticed in a busy workplace.


 

To help combat this potential hazard in your place of work, we suggest following these tried and tested best practices to help keep safe.

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Three Cold Chain Technology Trends to Keep an Eye on

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 6, 2016 2:05:37 PM

The use and understanding of leading cold chain technology are at the core of our business and key to enhancing, differentiating and adding value to our customers’ supply chains. As customers and government regulations demand better quality and stricter compliance with global standards, there have been noticeable technology trends developing to meet these market needs. 

This week’s article will delve deeper into these fascinating trends in technology that are having a significant impact on the cold supply chain and drive us to pursue the best solutions and results for our clients.

Take a look at “Four Intriguing Cold Chain Regulation Trends That You Should Know” for more cold supply chain trends.  

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Why is 4PL the Right Decision for Your Company?

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In the world of supply chain management, 4th party logistics (4PL) is a term that comes up often, but what does it actually mean for your company? How is it different from 3rd party logistics? It’s time to answer these questions and more as we take a closer look at 4th party logistics.

While 3rd party logistics has roots in the industry tracing as far back as the 1970s, 4th party logistics has really only entered the conversation over the past 20 years. The term was first registered in 1996, by a company called Accenture, and was defined as "a supply chain integrator that assembles and manages the resources, capabilities, and technology of its own organization with those of a complementary service provider to deliver a comprehensive supply chain solution." While the trademark on the term has since expired and is no longer registered, 4PL services as defined by Accenture are still being offered today to help many companies around the world bridge the gap between asset ownership and logistics expertise.

So what exactly is 4PL and how does it differ from 3PL? Read more to find out.

 

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Why is 3PL Essential to the Modern Supply Chain?

Posted by VersaCold on Nov 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Every year supply chain management becomes more complex due to changing regulations, technology and a variety of other factors. This complexity has made it more difficult for mid-tier and large-sized companies to oversee every element of their supply chain from beginning to end. That is why, since the 1970s, we have seen more and more companies rely increasingly on 3rd party logistics (3PL) providers to manage and support their supply chain.

What has changed since the 1970s? What is 3PL? Why is it critical to a supply chain? Keep reading and we will explore all these questions and more.   

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Three Fascinating Cold Chain Trends Impacting VersaCold Customers

Posted by VersaCold on Nov 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The supply chain has changed dramatically across the globe over the last several years, and few other industries have felt the effects of those changes quite like the temperature-sensitive products industry. Buying trends evolved, regulations shifted and other factors continue to impact demands on the cold supply chain to a great extent.

This week’s article will delve deep into three fascinating cold chain trends impacting VersaCold customers and how those trends affect the industry overall.

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VersaCold Reveals Seven Keys to Successful Cold Chain Compliance

Posted by VersaCold on Nov 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Here at VersaCold, we take cold chain compliance very seriously. If our facilities and vehicles are even a degree too hot or too cold, we can be putting our clients and their customers’ safety at risk. That is why we make it our duty to ensure the quality and regulatory compliance of our clients’ products at every moment that they’re in our custody.

Moses Akingbade, VersaCold’s Director of Cold Chain Assurance, revealed to us the seven keys to cold chain compliance that we ask our employees to follow each and every day:

 

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Three Easy Steps to Avoid Workplace Injury While Lifting Heavy Objects

Posted by VersaCold on Nov 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM

At VersaCold, safety is our top priority. In our workplace, on the road and in our homes, "safety first" is embedded into our performance-driven culture and reflected in everything we do. We are committed to maintaining a hazard-and injury-free workplace to keep both our employees and visitors safe. As part of our commitment to safety, we will be sharing some of our safety tips with you to help pass on tried and tested ways to make your workplace and home life more safe.

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You have probably heard all the tips when it comes to moving heavy objects.

Lift with your legs, not with your back. Bend your knees. Keep your head up. Don’t twist.

Despite these tips being virtually common knowledge, lifting or handling heavy objects is still the leading cause of back injuries in the workplace. In fact, a typical worker that handles heavy objects as part of their job misses an average of seven days of work due to back injury every year. Seven days is a lot of time to miss for an injury that is painful and easily avoidable with the right technique. To help you combat this potential hazard, we recommend taking three steps while making your next lift. 


Quick Tips

Tip #1:

Think before you lift. Always take a moment to assess the object and where it is going before committing to lifting the object. 

Tip #2:

When lowering an object, you should maintain the same form as the initial lift by bending your knees, squatting down and keeping your back completely straight.


 

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