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.
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.
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.
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Schooten & Sons Case Study
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.
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.
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.
In March of 2016, VersaCold made the switch to Bullfrog Power's green electricity and green natural gas products to fuel our Vancouver head office. This move represents another big step towards achieving greater environmental responsibility for our company, and we are more than excited to add this to our growing list of initiatives that we have undertaken in recent years. These initiatives include:
- Retrofitting existing facilities with high-efficiency lighting, roofing, and charging systems for our materials handling equipment
- Replacing standard efficiency motors with premium efficiency motors (and variable frequency drives, where appropriate)
- Educating our engineering teams and employees on ways to reduce energy consumption at their sites and giving them advanced tools, such as near-real-time monitoring, to keep consumption under control
- Ensuring all expansions and new buildings have minimal environmental impact
- Increasing the amount of energy conserved by our trucks through the introduction of fuel efficient reefers, on board computers to manage vehicle efficiency, technology that minimizes wasted miles and air skirts on trailers.
If you want to learn more about our sustainability initiatives, please click here. To find out more about why we chose Bullfrog Power, keep reading.
At VersaCold we pride ourselves on our performance-driven culture. From top to bottom, our focus on the continuous innovation and improvement of our services is what drives us and ensures that we never rest on our laurels.
That is why we are excited to take a moment and share with you the recent recognition we have received from two of the industry’s most trusted publications. In August 2016, VersaCold was named one of Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Third-Party Logistics Providers of 2016 and was recognized by Food Logistics as a 2016 Top 3PL and Cold Storage Provider.
“We are honored to be recognized as a top third-party logistics and cold storage provider by these two publications,” said Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold. “Recognition like this further drives our commitment to the continuous improvement and innovation of our services and to enabling our valued customers to achieve outstanding business success and peace of mind, so they can focus on what matters most – the families around the world who enjoy their products.”
To learn why recognitions from top industry publications matte, read more.
Since 1949, VersaCold has owned and operated the cold storage facility at 2115 Commissioner Street in Vancouver, BC. At its opening, the newly constructed Harbour facility was hailed as “Canada’s most modern refrigeration plant,” and it would eventually employ over 150 personnel, with a strong focus on the fishing and frozen goods industries. Over the past 70 years, VersaCold is proud to have operated this facility and to have become Canada’s largest provider of supply chain services for temperature-sensitive and related products. However, just as the times and requirements of the industry change – we must change as well.
For this reason, we are announcing that VersaCold has been asked to vacate the property and allow the port to repurpose its use by removing the buildings and related infrastructure from the property. While our history will be tied forever to this location, we are excited to see what the future holds for this area. As the end of the facility lease with the Port of Vancouver approaches, to commemorate our long history at 2115 Commissioner Street, we wanted to take a look back through historical photos of this remarkable facility and what made it so innovative for its time.