A Safe Return to Normal

Posted by VersaCold on Oct 7, 2020 3:55:29 PM

How VersaCold is approaching the next phase of COVID-19 recovery

It’s been over six months since COVID-19 changed the world and VersaCold is proud of the way we’ve adjusted our practices and protocols to help ensure the safety of our employees and the food we move. It’s thanks to these efforts and those of so many other Canadians, that we will continue to persevere through the next phase of the pandemic and the approaching cold and flu season.

With restrictions continuing to change, there is, understandably, a level of uncertainty. For example, parents likely have had to face uncertainty around the return to school. First, whether to send their children back at all. If they do return, must they refrain from visiting elderly family members? What if one of their friends gets sick? As President and Chief Operating Officer of VersaCold Logistics Services, Mike Arcamone, says, “These sorts of questions mirror the situation at VersaCold—we want to return to ‘normal’, but we want to do it safely.”

With the hope of providing some guidance for the next phase of the pandemic, the following are VersaCold’s current recommendations for the optimal safety of our own staff, at work and at home.

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3 Steps to Safe Outdoor Eating

Posted by VersaCold on Aug 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Enjoy the great outdoors while preventing food-borne illness

Barbeques, picnics, and camp cookouts have always been a favourite activity when the weather is nice. And throughout the summer of 2020, more people are still venturing into the great outdoors to enjoy meals and participate in physically distanced social gatherings. While open air activities may offer a lower risk for contracting airborne illnesses, it’s important to protect yourself against foodborne illnesses too.

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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 sales@versacold.com 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 sales@versacold.com 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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