VersaCold’s COVID-19 playbook was built on collaboration

Posted by VersaCold on Jul 30, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Communication was the key to fast action for food safety and supply

As COVID-19 measures have started to relax across the country, we here at VersaCold have had a chance to reflect on our own response to the pandemic while at the same time, preparing to move forward with safety and business continuity in mind. We spoke to Lorna Jellow, Director, Labour Relations and Brian Printz, Director, National Accounts, who shared their unique perspectives on how VersaCold employees adapted under the pressures of COVID-19. Across the board, communication stood out as the number one tool for success in this unknown environment.

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VersaCold puts family first during COVID-19

Posted by VersaCold on Jun 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to your food, VersaCold employees are the first to care

Virtually every business has been forced to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service in the food industry, VersaCold has rapidly adjusted our processes so that we can continue to handle your food safely and effectively—and that starts with the health of our employees.

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How VersaCold helped Soup Sisters deliver 5,000 lbs of soup for charity during COVID-19

Posted by VersaCold on May 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

When soup-making gatherings came to a halt, Soup Sisters adapted their recipe

According to Food Banks Canada, food banks have seen a 20% increase in demand throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. And although food transportation remains an essential service, some charitable organizations have encountered challenges when it comes to the safe delivery of food to those in need. So when the non-profit organization Soup Sisters approached VersaCold for assistance in April, we jumped at the opportunity to help.

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How VersaCold goes green

Posted by VersaCold on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

New heat exchange system slashes energy consumption at BC facility

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, the annual worldwide demonstration of support for environmental protection. Since its start in 1970, Earth Day has grown to include events in 193 countries. The COVID-19 crisis has meant those events are all virtual this year, so we at VersaCold wanted to join in the online conversation by talking about some of the initiatives we’ve been taking to help our planet.

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VersaCold Ensures Truckers Have Access to Washrooms

Posted by VersaCold on Apr 3, 2020 5:45:22 PM

Drivers provide an essential service and its important they be treated well

VersaCold appreciates that governments are recognizing transportation as an essential service.

All truck drivers picking up or making deliveries to VersaCold locations will have access to washroom facilities.

This comes in response to concerns expressed by drivers and industry groups that, while considered an essential service, drivers have found it increasingly difficult to access washrooms.

In response, VersaCold acting quickly to ensure that by Sunday there are washrooms services – either permanent or temporary - available at every one of its 29 nationwide locations.

‘Many drivers arrive at VersaCold facilities from across North America and they need access to basic personal services,’ says Sandro Caccaro, Senior Vice-President and General Manager at VersaCold Transportation Solutions. ‘We appreciate the services that drivers provide and its important to us that they be treated well.’

The company is implementing this while also prioritizing the health and safety of employees with stringent policies to prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, into its facilities.

VersaCold Logistics Services is Canada’s largest company offering food-focused, temperatures-sensitive logistics services. If you have any questions or want reach out to us about transportation or other logistics needs, contact or 1-800-563-2653.

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Food Transportation Considered an Essential Service Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 20, 2020 4:49:47 PM

It will take more than an open border to ensure safe, timely food delivery

VersaCold appreciates that governments are recognizing transportation as an essential service.

In a news release put out by the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted on Wednesday as saying, “Truckers will not be affected,” in reference to measures that will otherwise close the Canadian-US border to almost all other traffic.

This means that, despite the many evolving challenges presented by COVID-19, Canadians will continue to have access to food.

But keeping borders open alone is not enough to ensure food keeps moving. Critical government services such as commercial transportation licensing and permit offices need to remain open so that transportation providers can get new trucks approved.

Equally important is ensuring that drivers can deliver goods safely. Recently, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) announced that the Ontario Government is temporarily allowing trucks to make deliveries throughout the night. This will make it easier to practice social distancing, which will improve safety for drivers and help ensure they can continue to be available to deliver to customers as needed.

Company policies must also be flexible to allow drivers to deliver product. For example, many organizations are requiring visitors leave the premise if they have been outside of Canada within the past 14 days. However, such policies must provide clearance for truck drivers, who will continue to cross the border frequently, in their capacity as an essential service.

VersaCold’s transportation leadership, lead by Sandro Caccaro, SVP / GM Transportation Solutions continue to support the efforts of Canadian Trucking Alliance and provincial groups like the OTA to ensure all supporting elements are in place to keep food flowing at this time of need. Sandro also continues to work with VersaCold’s business units to ensure drivers are practicing ways to reduce the spread of germs, including regular wipe down of shared spaces and self-isolating during days off.

If you have any questions or want reach out to us about transportation needs, contact us at or 1-800-563-2653.

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Ship Fish Quickly and Safely Across North America

Posted by VersaCold on Mar 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

CPX: Experts in expedited seafood shipments

Shipping seafood presents many challenges. The unpredictability of harvesting live fish means yields vary and transportation volumes aren’t readily known, which can lead to surpluses or shortages in transportation capacity. Different products often need to be shipped at different temperatures. And with fish losing value every day they are out of the water, producers face immense pressure to get their product on shelves as quickly as possible.

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The Easy Warehousing Solution for Costco Vendors

Posted by VersaCold on Feb 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Save time and control costs with VersaCold’s Costco Gateway Program

Any food manufacturer that ships to Canada knows Costco is a major player in Canadian retail. In fact, in 2019 it became Canada’s second-largest retailer.

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One Million Pounds of Food (and Counting)

Posted by VersaCold on Dec 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

VersaCold’s Food Banks Canada partnership passes donation milestone

When VersaCold set out in 2018 to find a charitable partner with a strong national presence and real impact at the local level, we found one in Food Banks Canada (FBC). FBC represents and supports a network of more than 650 affiliate food banks and serves approximately 85% of people accessing essential food programs across Canada. With food at the core of VersaCold’s business and our coast-to-coast network giving us extensive reach, the match was obvious.

In addition to food donations, 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. Now, less than two years into the VersaCold-FBC partnership, we have helped transport and store more than one million pounds of donations, ensuring good, quality food moves safely and efficiently from donors to Canadians who need it. It’s another opportunity for VersaCold to show the communities we serve how your food matters.

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4PL 101

Posted by VersaCold on Nov 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

How 4PL can help improve your supply chain

In the world of supply chain management, fourth-party logistics (4PL) is a term that comes up often—but what does it actually mean for your company? How is it different from third-party logistics (3PL)?

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