Shipping North with CPX

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Why CPX should be your first choice when shipping from the United States to Canada

Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX) is a Surrey, BC-based division of VersaCold Logistics Services. CPX offers perishable truckload (TL) transportation from the US to Canada.

CPX has served the US since 1986 and has become a trusted, reliable, long-term partner for American companies. We sat down with Derril Hackl, VP and General Manager at CPX, to ask him to share some of the reasons why CPX is often the first choice for US companies when shipping to Canada.

Scale
CPX is one of the largest transportation carriers in the US, with an asset-based fleet of 700 refrigerated units—enough of which are consistently in the US to meet customer needs. CPX primarily operates along the West Coast (I-5 corridor) and throughout the Southwest, resulting in adequate capacity to bring loads back to Canada from those regions.

According to Hackl, the large scale of CPX provides customers with more options. “We have a large network that enables us to create a customized solution for almost any customer need—whether it’s a really fast or specialized delivery,” says Hackl.

Flexibility
The large scale and wide network allows CPX to right-size to meet various customer needs. While CPX specializes in expedited delivery of perishable food products using team drivers, standard delivery using single drivers is also offered.

With in-house customs experts, CPX is a full-service, worry-free solution. This is especially valuable for small or medium-sized shippers who require products to get to Canada but lack the customs know-how to get them there. Hackl reinforces this statement. “We have great border-crossing expertise, and because of our supply chain network, CPX operates 24/7/365. So all customers—big and small—are always taken care of.”

Technology
CPX has 700 refrigerated units, each equipped with satellite communications. All trailers are late-model food-grade (less than 36 months old) and are equipped with the latest refrigeration and cold chain technology. Hackl shares more on the value of advanced shipping technology: “With real-time temperature and location tracking, we can ensure all products get to their destination safely and efficiently—with the customer’s eyes on them every step of the way. We also have multi-temperature trailers and multiple trailer specs available that can accommodate different temperatures and geographic needs.”

Relationship to VersaCold
CPX is a division of VersaCold Logistics—a food-focused integrated supply chain company with over 1,700 refrigerated trailers and 126 million cubic feet of refrigerated warehouse space. To support VersaCold’s focus on food safety, most warehouses are BRC certified. This connection gives CPX customers access to a company with core abilities to warehouse and distribute products in the Canadian market and access to a team of supply chain professionals who can provide global solutions.

Hackl shares why the partnership has flourished: “CPX can leverage the VersaCold warehouse network across Canada. Between our warehouses and our local network with trucks across the country, we are always ready and able to accommodate any and all of our customers’ needs.”

As a North American leader in transportation services and Americans’ first choice when shipping to Canada, CPX continues to focus on premium service, expedited delivery and custom solutions while expanding their transportation and warehousing network and meeting all customer needs.

If you’d like to partner with a leading provider of food-focused logistics from the United States to Canada, please
contact us at
Sales@VersaCold.com or 1-888-563-2653.

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Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation. More capacity and reach.

Posted by VersaCold on May 31, 2019 9:00:00 AM

VersaCold temperature-controlled LTL

Ensuring the safe transportation of temperature-sensitive food is our biggest priority. That’s why VersaCold offers a variety of services that help create a customized transportation solution to suit all needs, big and small.

The backbone of VersaCold Transportation Solutions is refrigerated less-than-truckload transportation (LTL). With the widest network of temperature-controlled, food-focused LTL in Canada, we have the capacity and reach to efficiently distribute products for both global food companies and regional processors.

But with all the transportation solutions out there, it can be tough to determine which one is right for you. As the market leader in Canada, we’re breaking it down for you.

Overview and benefits of LTL
LTL is a transportation service that combines small orders from various sources to ship to a customer. Some transportation providers offer regular scheduled service, relying on a steady volume of product from various shippers to make the service viable.

By consolidating several LTL shipments from multiple sources, shippers can move smaller amounts of product more frequently and more cost-effectively, making it ideal for smaller businesses and/or shipments. Utilizing a regularly scheduled service, shippers also ensure frequent stock replenishment and avoid inventory stockouts. LTL also allows for delivery volumes to be flexible with each shipment, making it easy for the shipper to flow with fluctuations in customer demand.

What types of LTL services does VersaCold offer?
VersaCold provides LTL transportation solutions for many types of temperature-controlled products, with deliveries to all points in Canada. Through our CPX division, we deliver LTL quantities direct to the United States. In addition to our regularly scheduled standard LTL services, we also offer our expedited multi-temperature service with the ability to cost-effectively split fresh and frozen goods in the same trailer. All services are available domestically and cross border, delivering both north and south.

VersaCold is the leader in temperature-controlled LTL
As a one-stop food logistics solution, VersaCold offers the highest capacity and highest frequency of refrigerated LTL service in Canada. But what makes VersaCold the best choice for temperature-controlled LTL delivery?

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Food Across Canada

Posted by VersaCold on Apr 30, 2019 10:37:33 AM

Year one of our partnership with Food Banks Canada

It’s officially been a year since we kicked off our partnership with Food Banks Canada (FBC)—and what a year it’s been. We set out to find a charitable partner with a strong national presence that makes an impact at a local level, and that’s exactly what we found in FBC. Our partnership allows for VersaCold Logistics Services to provide FBC with $150,000 of in-kind services per year—including transportation and storage of food—at any of our 29 warehouses across Canada.

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Topics: Food Banks of Canada

Frozen Produce Is Heating Up

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Taking a fresh perspective on frozen fruits and vegetables

As spring begins its thaw, our American neighbours are keeping things ice cold with National Frozen Food Month. With more and more Canadians following their lead, there’s no better time for us at VersaCold to recognize those cold and tasty staples we store, transport and enjoy all year long.

Although the freezer has a history of being the place of last resort for quality and freshness, it’s quickly becoming a smarter place to start. Here are a few interesting facts about frozen food that should send you running down the frozen food aisle.

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Safe Winter Truck Driving—It’s No Accident

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Winter truck driving tips from a driver with 5 million safe miles

With hundreds of trucks on the road moving millions of pounds of food every week, drivers at VersaCold experience the daily challenge of safely delivering food that consumers enjoy. And the safe delivery of food becomes more of a challenge in the winter months. Despite difficult weather conditions, our commitment to both safety and customer satisfaction doesn’t change—so we rely on talented drivers to safely move the food that families love to eat.

To understand how drivers prepare for winter driving, we spoke with one of our most experienced drivers, Steve Nickason. Steve, who is based out of the Calgary area, has been driving professionally for over 42 years and has avoided collisions in the 5-million-plus miles he’s travelled. We asked Steve to share a few ways he takes caution when driving in the winter.

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Topics: VersaCold, Safety Tips, Transportation

Safe Food for Thought

Posted by VersaCold on Jan 30, 2019 3:15:21 PM

New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and what they mean for you

Canada is recognized for having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. But in attempt to strengthen its already world-class system, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has introduced new regulations. As of January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are in effect.

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A Year in Review

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Your Food Matters—2018 and beyond

The year is coming to a close, and what a year it’s been. From awards to new certifications and partnerships, 2018 has been extremely exciting for VersaCold. This spring, we introduced our new tagline, Your Food Matters, as a commitment to making our customers and our customers’ food our top priority. And we have taken many steps this year to keep that promise.

Let’s take a look back at some of the year’s great accomplishments.

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Topics: Awards, VersaCold, History, Food Banks of Canada

VersaCold Recruiting: Working to make a difference

Posted by VersaCold on Oct 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

What we discovered by thinking outside the recruitment box

VersaCold is committed to your food. And when it comes to putting your food first, our people are our biggest advantage. Each year, our team safely and securely handles and ships millions of pounds of temperature-sensitive products. VersaCold works as an extension of our customers’ businesses, and our team is relied on to maintain the quality, value and safety of our customers’ food.

VersaCold employs 2,600+ employees at 32 warehousing facilities, offices and transportation terminals from coast to coast. We offer a secure working environment and plenty of employee benefits. But despite all of this, there’s a big challenge that we—and other Canadian businesses—are currently facing: record-low unemployment rates.

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Your food matters. Keep it fresh.

Posted by VersaCold on Sep 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

5 ways to keep your food fresher longer 

As the demand for quality and fresh food grows, so does the need for a reliable supply chain company. To keep food fresh across the supply chain, the integration of temperature-sensitive storage and complex time-based distribution must be transparent, comprehensive and precise.

“Maintaining the freshness, quality and safety of food is shared by all, including the consumer,” says Moses Akingbade, Director, Cold Chain Assurance. “A key factor in maintaining food safety, quality and freshness, is ensuring that products are handled and stored at temperatures appropriate for the type of food. It’s what we all need to do in order to ensure we are nourishing ourselves in a safe manner.”

With over 65 years of experience with temperature-sensitive food, VersaCold can guarantee freshness from supplier to warehouse to store. But once food is delivered, it’s out of our hands. Here are 5 tips for keeping your food fresher longer.

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Topics: Safety Tips, food safety

Partnership with Purpose: What makes a good fit?

Posted by VersaCold on Aug 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

B&G Foods + VersaCold

VersaCold is a food-first company. And the best way we ensure this is through dedicated partnerships.

As Director of National Accounts, Ian Sinclair works with VersaCold’s key accounts to help them achieve their goals with custom solutions based on their corporate objectives and business requirements. His main goal is building a strong partnership with clients to better understand how to grow their business.

When B&G Foods, a food company with 125+ years of experience and 50+ iconic brands, were looking for a strategic partner in Canada, Ian knew VersaCold would be a perfect fit. The relationship evolved over the course of a year as the companies continued to build their trust and understanding of one another. For B&G Foods, finding the right partner was a huge decision, and for Ian that meant showing B&G how their food matters.

We sat down with Ian and Tom Heslin, Director of Distribution at B&G Foods, to discuss the consumer journey process and what makes a good supply chain partner.

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